King Mohammed VI has called for rain-seeking prayers across Morocco due to a lack of rainfall and a warm winter, affecting the country’s agricultural season.
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs said on Thursday that the rain-seeking prayers also known as Salat al-Istisqa will take place on Friday at 10 a.m. in prayer areas called Moussalas and large mosques throughout the country’s provinces and regions.
Salat al-Istisqa means to seek rain from Allah in situations of drought.
Citing the importance of the prayers in Islam, the ministry quoted King Mohammed VI’s decision to call for rain-seeking prayers to “implore the Almighty to send his beneficial rains upon the land as a sign of mercy fr his creatures in accordance with the verse of the Holy Quran ‘It is He who sends down the rain after they had despaired and spread His mercy.’”
Morocco has been experiencing a blend of seasons, featuring warm weather due to sunny days but also chilly conditions during the nights and early mornings.
The situation has triggered concerns from farmers, who have been grappling with drought and lack of rainfall that have affected the country’s crop production in recent years.
Morocco’s central bank, Bank Al-Maghrib, has acknowledged the challenges that the country has been facing despite the increase in the value of rainfall recorded this year compared to 2022.
The bank report said that the water resources remain low despite the moderate recovery in the filling rates of Moroccan dams.