The Netherlands is being hit by one of the worst droughts on record, and Dutch-Moroccans come to the rescue.
The Council of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands has called on all mosques in the country to pray for rain.
The prayer for rain, or Salat Al-istisqa, is often held in Muslim countries, especially in Morocco, where it is often dry. However, this is going to be the first time that such prayer is held in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands has been hit by a severe drought which has resulted in a real threat of water shortages; prompting the authorities to urge the citizens to cut on water usage.
According to the spokesman of the Council of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands, Saïd Bouharrou, it is logical to call for such a prayer given the current weather conditions in the Netherlands.
“There is an exceptional drought, which has caused a lot of damage for the harvest and the farmers in our country, who already have a hard time. We, therefore, want to ask Allah to make sure that rain falls”.
Bouharrou said he understands that many Dutch people, especially non-believers among them, will be skeptical about such a prayer.
“But we are religious and believe in that. A lot of droughts has been predicted in the coming weeks, but on the other hand, nothing is certain. We, therefore, hope that the damage will also subside”
The Council of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands is an umbrella organization of Moroccan mosques in the Netherlands. In addition to strengthening the position of Moroccan mosques, the Council aims to facilitate successful integration of Moroccans in the Netherlands. Learn more about the Council HERE.