Lamu mus­lims meet in Twaif to pray for rain

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast -

Mus­lims in Lamu yes­ter­day con­verged in Twaif Grounds to pray for rains. A drought has hit the county. The res­i­dents com­pleted a four-day fast that started on Mon­day. The prayer, known as Is­tiqaai, was or­gan­ised by Wana­harakati Okoa Lamu, an um­brella agency for Mus­lims and ac­tivist groups. Wana­harakati chief or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary Us­tadh Mo­hamed Al-Amin said the pri­mary ob­jec­tive of the prayer was to ask for God’s for­give­ness and ap­pease Him so He can send them rain and save the county from dis­as­ter. Al-Amin said they need water to grow food and re­vive their dy­ing live­stock. It is es­ti­mated that at least 30,000 house­holds and more than 300,000 head of cat­tle are in dire need of food and water. Ar­eas that have been hard-hit by the drought in­clude Ba­suba, Bar­goni, Hindi, Kiangwe, Maisha Masha, Man­gai, Mararani, Mil­i­mani, Moa, Pan­dan­guo, Witu. “I thank all the Mus­lims who have turned up for the Istisqaai prayer. The drought in our county at the mo­ment is wor­ry­ing. That’s why we have de­cided to go back to Al­lah in prayer and to fast so that the drought, which seems like a pun­ish­ment, can come to an end,” Al-Amin said. Coun­cil of Imams and Preach­ers of Kenya Lamu chair­man Abubakar Shekuwe urged all mus­lims and county and na­tional lead­ers to turn away from their evil ways and seek God’s guid­ance to solve the prob­lems Kenya faces.

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