In Wake of Deadly Fires, California Muslims Pray for Rain

October 31, 2003

Source: Council on American-Islamic Relations

On October 31, 2003 Council on American-Islamic Relations reported that their Southern California office had "called on mosques and Islamic centers across the state to offer prayers for rain following the normal Islamic congregational gatherings on Friday. The Islamic civil rights and advocacy group is also calling on people of all faiths to offer prayers for rain according to their own religious traditions. CAIR-LA initiated the prayer request to provide a spiritual dimension in the efforts to bring California's deadly wildfires under control. The special Islamic prayer, called Salatul Istisqa, was performed by the Prophet Muhammad and is traditionally offered during times of drought. California authorities say the months-long drought in that state has contributed greatly to the death and destruction cause by the fires."