Syria prays for rain at Assad's request

Insufficient rains and a changing climate have hurt crop yields this year

29 December 2017 | 13:06

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 29 December 2017 | 13:06

This photo shows a Muslim pilgrim praying on Mount Arafat, near Mecca, as he takes part in one of the Hajj rituals. (AFP Photo)

DAMASCUS, Syria: Imams across Syria are directing Muslims to pray for rain during this week's congregational Friday prayers.

Syrian President Bashar Assad directed imams to pray for rain in this week's prayers through a circular distributed by the Religious Affairs Ministry, SANA state news agency reported Tuesday.

Insufficient rains and a changing climate have hurt crop yields this year, according to SANA. Most of Syria's precipitation comes in winter.

Friday prayers are the most important weekly prayers in the Muslim world. Imams deliver weekly sermons on topics ranging from family to politics and, in this case, the weather. 

In Israel, Jewish worshippers prayed for rain at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Thursday after Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel called for prayers to relieve the country's drought-hit farming sector.



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