Kitab Al-Salaah (The book of Prayer)


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  • Kitab Al-Salaah (The book of Prayer)




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    Salatul-Istisqua
    (Rain Seeking Prayer)

               
    Drought is a natural calamity which when it befalls causes undue
    hardships and disaster to all living matter. It is for this reason,
    that the Prophet (peace be upon him) made it a custom on the Ummah to
    resort to this prayer whenever affected by this calamity and seek the
    mercy and grace of Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) to shower on them His
    bounty of rain.

                This
    prayer is performed similar to the 'Id (Feast) prayers in all respects.
    It may be performed anytime during the daylight except those times when
    the performance of voluntary prayers is prohibited. Muslim scholars are
    largely of the opinion that the best time for its performance is the
    same time for the performance of the 'Id prayers i.e. after about
    twenty (20) minutes from clear sunrise.

                In
    the sermon at the end of the prayer, the Imam (leader) will exhort the
    congregation of the need to repent and return to Allah (subhanahu wa
    ta'ala) pointing out that the lack of rain is the result of the sins of
    mankind.

                The
    Imam would thereafter raise his hands in prayer and the congregation
    would also do the same. It is confirmed that the Prophet (peace be upon
    him) used to raise his hands in prayer until his armpits appeared.
    While in this situation, the Imam and the congregation are required to
    invoke Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) as much as possible and call upon
    Him for forgiveness and to shower on them His bounties. Allah
    (subhanahu wa ta'ala) says in the Holy Qur'an: “ ... ask
    forgiveness from your Lord, for He is Oft-forgiving, He will send rain
    to you in abundance”
    (Qur'an 71: 10-11).

               
    Note: It is desirable that the head of the Muslim state or his
    representative gives prior notice to the Muslim community of the need
    to perform "Salatul-Istisqua" at a certain future date. This is to
    enable as large a congregation as is possible to attend the prayer.

     

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