“It is obligatory, as Muslims, to come in cum repentance when such catastrophes befall us,” said President Silanyo
By Gulaid Dalha
Hargeisa – (Somali Commentator Following President Silanyo’s announcement for rainfall prayer and cum repentance on Tuesday, the populace come out and gathered at stadiums, mosques and certain places to fully perform the prayers and follow the tradition of the Prophet, Peace and Blessing be Upon Him. Yesterday was the appointed day for special rainfall better known as Istisqaa – a rain seeking invocations and prayers. Practicing the sunnah (authenticated narrations, and actions of Prophet Mohammed pbuh), the hundreds of Somalilanders gathered at Stadiums in cities, for example, Hargeisa, Stadium, Alamse and Berbera Stadium were among the highly attended places for the performance of prayers. Governmental officials were also at the stadiums invoking God for swift rainfall. Earlier this week, the president of the Republic of Somaliland H.E. Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo declared a National Prayers Day for rainfall. At a large gathering, in the presidential palace, the head of state announced a national day of repenting to God and invoking for rapid rainfall. The President was flanked by his deputy H.E. Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismail, Presidency Minister Hon Mohamoud Hashi, Interior Minister Hon Ali Mohamed, Minister for Religious Affairs and Endowment and Presidential Spokesman Shamah and amongst other officials. President Silanyo summoned the renowned religious clerics in Somaliland to preach and give their positive sermon to the populace.
“It is obligatory, as Muslims, to come in cum repentance when such catastrophes befall us. Drought has battered Somaliland. So we must react the scenario for a special day of prayers.” President Silanyo said. The president of Somaliland called upon the nation as whole to come together and perform prayers on 22 March, 2016 in line with the Sunnah.
On the other hand, President Silanyo reminded the religious clerics to further proceed their hard work and sermon to guiding the people and showing the right path. Some of the religious clerics who spoke at the scene, encouraged President Silanyo’s attainment and reminded the populace to pray for God and repent for the sins that had been committed. The religious clerics called for the swift repentance to God – they reiterated the need to forgive each other.
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 twenty 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 God 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 God as much as possible and call upon Him for forgiveness and to shower on them His bounties. God 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). Drought has battered Somaliland and acutely affected western regions. Communities in these areas are now taking desperate steps to cope with the situation. Due to the food shortages, families are now forced to skip meals, utilize dirty water and are moving to nearby towns and villages in search of food and water for themselves and their livestock. Aid agencies fear that unabated, the situation may lead to a humanitarian crisis that will result in more suffering and further displacement of people. Despite the hard work of Somaliland’s vice president, in tackling the calamity – launching a fundraising project – no tangible proceedings have been experienced. The government of Somaliland is also appealing to governments and organisations to support with food items, water and health services to cater for the affected people.