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Hamza Yusuf Leads Bay Area Prayer Service for Rain

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BY AUDREY WONG

Bay Area Muslims prayed for rain to relieve the drought affecting California on Saturday, at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds.

The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations organized the event. The prayer was led by American Scholar and co-founder of Zaytuna College, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf.

Governor Jerry Brown announced a drought emergency in January as the state went into its third year of dry weather. Federal officials also declared counties in 11 western and central states as natural disaster areas because of the drought.

“When God withholds the rain it is a trial for everyone. Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Atheists, men, women, children, beasts, birds even the fish, as we see devastation of the drought has wrought upon our salmon populations,” said Imam Zaid Shakir, co-founder of Zaytuna College and one of the event’s organizers.

“We invite our co-religionists along with members of other faith communities to join us as we fervently pray for relief from the drought that has befallen our wonderful state.”

Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad offered prayers during times of drought, according to a CAIR press release. On Saturday a similar prayer called “Salatul Istisqa,” was given after Saturday’s early afternoon prayers.

Organizers encourage people from different faiths to offer prayers according to their religious beliefs.

Other religious groups were also asking a higher power for precipitation. In January, the California Conference of Catholic Bishops asked everyone to pray for rain, according to NBC Bay Area. Native American groups from Monterey to San Diego have performed rain dances, according to theSan Francisco Chronicle. A study group at a Merced, Calif. Baptist Church beseeched God to change the weather. Muslims in Folsom, Calif. also had a special prayer service after levels in the local reservoir dipped.

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9 Comments »

  1. maybe they should drive the gays out of the state? perhaps this is a different means of destruction than the old school fire and brimstone?

  2. Can’t help but think of the strange bedfellows made between Muslims and ignorant Fox News Republicans in the failure to admit that the severe weather patterns are more likely th result of human caused climate change rather than a deity.
    Please, couples with prayer, seek decisions, politicians and companies who try to limit their carbon footprint,
    -a cleaner environment is the height of collective faith.

  3. Rain is the sign of mercy from God. When rain comes, thank God for healthy crops to grow.

  4. How about praying together to stop global warming???

  5. Inb4 the prayer does nothing, because weather is caused by interactions between the sun, the atmosphere and the water system, not god, you scientifically illiterate clods.

  6. Drought is caused by adultery, I thought everybody knew that.

  7. How many of you litter, drive SUVs, leave the lights on, eat meat in excess,etc..

  8. Only a dolt like Ashely would believe pollution does not have a negative effect or impact upon the environment.

  9. I am for being more responsible with what Allah (swt) has given us.

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