Muslims across UAE came together to pray for rain on Shaikh Khalifa’s request
12 November 2017| Last updated on 14 January 2020
There is something special about a nation coming together for something that they believe in. On Friday, November 9th we saw this happen again when Muslims from all across the UAE spent their Friday prayers praying for Allah (God) to send rain, mercy and abundance upon the country and its people.
The UAE doesn’t have a big rainfall to begin with but draughts in the region have been making things challenging. Due to this, the President of the UAE, Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has called on all Islam followers in the country to pray for rain last Friday at all mosques and musallahs across the country with the official prayer at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
This prayer for rain is called Salat Al Istisqa and is a special tradition in the Islamic teachings. According to Prophet Mohammad’s teachings, the president needs to call on the country to pray for rain if there has been a long draught.
November isn’t the usual rainy season for the UAE. Rain can be expected in the country from December onwards with February being the wettest month of the year.
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The UAE has started investing in cloud seeding where magnesium, sodium chloride and potassium chloride is injected into clouds in order to produce rain and assist with the draught in the country.