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The Tribal in all of us – Prayers for Rain

I know it is about that time of the year . . . clouds are gathering, you can almost smell rain coming. And yet it holds off. Every year, in Qatar, and also in Kuwait, the national leader gathers with his people and prays for rain.

What country doesn’t need rain? Even in the Pacific Northwest, where jokes are made about the abundance of rain, when the rains fail to fall, people pray for rain.

I remember living in Monterey, California during a drought; it didn’t rain for a couple YEARS. When it rained, people danced in the streets for joy.

There is no sweeter smell on earth, I think, that the smell of the first rain hitting the dusty earth.

From today’s Gulf Times

Prayer for rains
HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani joining the worshippers to perform the Istisqa (rain-seeking prayer) at the Al Wajbah prayer ground yesterday morning. The prayer is in line with the Sunnah (sayings and deeds) of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), who performed Istisqa prayers when there was a delay in rainfall.

November 23, 2009 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Community, Doha, ExPat Life, Leadership, Living Conditions, Qatar, Weather

11 Comments »

  1. We’ve had some rain in Kuwait…
    http://buyousef.net/2009/11/22/under-my-umbrella/

    I hope it’s a really wet winter this year for the whole gulf. We (and our gardens) need it 🙂

    Comment by Bu Yousef | November 23, 2009 | Reply

  2. Looks like it’ll be a rainy Eid. [link] 🙂

    Comment by MacaholiQ8 | November 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. there is nothing better than the first rain of the season 🙂

    Back in highschool my friends and I had a tradition of walking around under the first rain every year. One of my best memories 🙂

    Comment by kinano | November 23, 2009 | Reply

  4. Love the photos, Bu Yousef! Woooo HOOO, Kuwait has had a good soaking!

    Mac – What a lovely thought! Nice to see you. 🙂

    Oh Kinan, what wonderful memories. Have you had your first snow yet? Are you getting more than your fill of rain?

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 23, 2009 | Reply

  5. They truly are wonderful.

    It hasn’t snowed yet here. Although, this time last year it had been snowing for a while (global warming?!) It’s been raining non-stop for quite a while now and with the days getting shorter by the minute you do kind of get fed up with it.

    Comment by kinano | November 23, 2009 | Reply

  6. You’re talking to an Alaska girl, remember? 😉

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 23, 2009 | Reply

  7. My Tribe has gone HI Tech ,

    Intlxpatr ;

    on Tuesday last week i received a Broadcast or a chain SMS in which the sender asked people to seek forgiveness from God and to repeat the prayer فَقُلْت اِسْتَغْفِرُوا رَبّكُمْ إِنَّهُ كَانَ غَفَّارًا يُرْسِل السَّمَاء عَلَيْكُمْ مِدْرَارًا” surra Noah – 10

    my translation ( I ( meaning Noah )Said seek God’s forgiveness for He is the Forgiver and He will send the Heavens upon you Gushing (with rain )

    On Thursday It rained

    Comment by daggero | November 24, 2009 | Reply

  8. So my question is – did you pray the prayer? 🙂

    I believe prayer works. Whatever it takes to get people praying, whatever technology is available – I’m for it.

    And – it rained!

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 24, 2009 | Reply

  9. Intlxpatr :

    Once you read the message it means you prayed , of course if you put your feelings and devotion then you performed your payer the way it should be .

    Yes it rained as evidenced by Bu Yousef’s photos

    Comment by daggero | November 25, 2009 | Reply

  10. 🙂 Thanks be to God! In Qatar, we are still waiting.

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 25, 2009 | Reply

  11. Todat it is raining here in kuwait on and off .
    Pray Qatar to be soaked with rain soon

    Comment by daggero | November 25, 2009 | Reply


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