Birmingham-area Muslims pray for rain

Updated: Nov. 6, 2016 at 9:56 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - About 100 people gathered outside the Hoover Crescent Islamic Center to pray for rain.

Imam Dr. Sameh Asal says it is a ritual of Islam to respond to a drought by asking God for rain to revive the earth.

"As American Muslims, we are concerned about our state is going through," said Asal.

He said when possible, the prayers called Salatul Istisqa are to be done outdoors.

"We show our love for our country and our people and we expose ourselves to the mercy of God asking Him send rain to all of us," Dr. Asal said.

He said if necessary, the Islamic Center might hold another prayer service at which non-Muslims would be welcome, as they were Sunday.

"We're all in the same boat and all facing the same challenge of drought and as American Muslims, we doing our own part in praying to God asking for relief because we share the concern like everybody else," he said.

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