In the wake of the severe drought people are facing in the South Eastern Cape, Muslims living in Cape Town should use water with the same consciousness as those living in the Southern Cape region, said Moulana Abdul Khaliq Allie, secretary general of the Muslim Judicial Council. When one community member is facing hardship or difficulty, the rest of the Muslim Ummah should stand together in solidarity as “we are one big brotherhood”, he added.
The message came a day after senior members of the MJC traveled to George on Sunday to perform the communal salaah for rain (Salatul Istisqau) upon the request of the Southern Cape Islamic Society. The salah in George was led by Sheikh Abdul Gamied Gabier and the khutbah and dua were made by Maulana Yusuf Karaan, head of the MJC Fatwa Committee. The men were accompanied by Sheikh Omar Gabier and Ml Allie.
The Salatul Istisqah was performed at 11am in Port Elizabeth and at 2pm in George. “We were hoping that the surrounding areas of Knysa and Oudtshoorn, as well as people right down to Port Elizabeth, and from those small areas would also travel up [to George],” said Ml Allie. But the individual local communities instead decided to perform Salatul Istisqau “in each and every one of those particular areas”.
“The duah that we made on Sunday during Salatul Istisqau, is not meant only for the Muslims, but rather for the animal kingdom, for every living creature … that could be in need of water, including people from other denominations, people from other faiths,” the alim explained.
The municipality of George has gone to great lengths to create water shortage awareness, he reported. “Immediately when you enter into these communities, you are embraced by the posters that have been set up by the municipality, appealing to the people to save water,” said Ml Allie. “The call is very loud and clear.” As such, he said, Muslims have a responsibility to their wider society to respond and one way of doing so is to gather in an open field to seek the help of the Almighty Allah.
At the same time, ordinary Muslims – regardless of whether there is a drought or not – need to show as much care in the use of water, he advised. It is even more the case in the Western Cape where local authorities have also introduced water restrictions. “We must understand the value of water and limit our own usage when it comes to wudhu, ghusl and running taps, the fixing of taps and the like,” said Ml Allie. “These are very relevant very important matters to all of us.” VOC (Faatimah Hendricks)
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