The custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, has urged people all over Saudi Arabia to perform Istisqa (rain-seeking) prayer on Thursday, the Royal Court said in a statement on Monday.
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Rain-seeking prayers to be held on Thursday in Saudi Arabia
Istisqa prayer, also known as Salatul-Istisqaa, is a sunnah, or tradition of the prophet, that is performed by Muslims in need of rainfall during drought.
The Istisqa prayer is performed approximately 20 minutes after the sun rises – roughly the same time as the Eid prayer. However, if there are any obstacles, the prayer can also be performed at any time during Nawafel (optional prayers).
Salatul-Istisqaa is prayed as two rak’at with no Adhan or Iqamah – only recitation of the Quran in both rak’ats out loud.
After initiating the first takbeer [Allahu Akbar, God is Great] in the first rak’ah, the imam then repeats this seven times. In the second rak’at, the takbeer is repeated five times.
In each takbeer, the imam raises his hands and praises God. He also seeks blessings upon the prophet between each takbeer.
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Following the prayer, the imam delivers a sermon in which he asks God for forgiveness and recites verses from the Quran.
To conclude the sermon of the rain prayer ritual, the imam faces the Qiblah (the direction of the Holy Kaaba), turns his cloak inside out, places what is on the right, on the left and vice versa.