Students to perform rain prayers

December 04, 2012 - 4:14:17 am


DOHA: In a first in the country, thousands of students from private and Independent schools will join the special Islamic prayers seeking rains that will take place in their premises this morning.

The Supreme Education Council (SEC) has issued a circular to all schools asking them to hold the prayers in their premises, while thousands of worshippers will perform the prayers today at several mosques and prayer grounds across the country. This is the first time SEC is asking schools to join in the ritual.

The Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani will take part in the prayers at Al Wajbah Palace. The prayers, called Istisqa, are to begin at 7am at all locations.

The ritual this year has coincided with the UN Climate Change Conference taking place at the Qatar National Convention Center. Friday sermons at all mosques in the country last week focused on the importance of preserving the environment from an Islamic perspective.

Officials of several private schools said yesterday that arrangements have been made to hold the prayers. Mostly Muslim students will take part in the prayers, while some schools have encouraged even students of other communities to join, if they 

wish so.

“We received the circular from the Supreme Education Council today. We have instructed Muslim students from all the grades to join the prayers that will begin at the school ground at 7am,” said a source at the Ideal Indian School. He added that some 2,000 students are expected to attend. An official of the MES Indian School said the Islamic Studies Department at the school was responsible for making the arrangements.