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Muslim Aid UK and Qatar Charity Observe 23 September 2011 as ‘Friday of Mercy’ for the Horn of Africa

Muslim Aid joined Qatar Charity’s international initiative this week to observe the ‘Friday of Mercy’ to seek Allah Subhana wa Taala’s compassion and blessings in ending the drought in Somalia and the rest of Horn of Africa.

In London, Muslim Aid organised special prayers at the Friday congregations held on 23 September 2011 at East London Mosque, Al-Manaar, the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, Noor ul Islam Masjid, Muslim World League Mosque and Croydon Mosque and Islamic Centre for rains in Somalia and the neighbouring countries in the Horn of Africa. A Spokesperson for Muslim Aid said: “The provision of a special prayer in Islam for rainfall allows Muslims to seek Allah’s infinite mercy and blessings in extraordinary trying conditions of drought and famine. On the day of the ‘Friday of Mercy’ we pray to Allah Subhana wa Taala to ease the sufferings of our brothers and sisters in Somalia and the Horn of Africa and bless them with rains to revive their agriculture and livestock and resettle them in their lives. Indeed, it is Allah’s promise that there is ease after difficulty and we hope that Allah Subhana wa Taala will answer our prayers.”

In Doha, Qatar Charity observed a full week of prayers starting from 18 September 2011 for rain in Somalia and the Horn of Africa. Their ‘Friday of Mercy’ initiative received positive response from mosques in Qatar and other countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and America to organize special prayers for rains in Somalia and the East Africa region affected by the drought. The CEO of Qatar Charity said: “The lack of rainfall over the past four years in the Horn of Africa has led to a drought that has affected millions of vulnerable people and claimed the lives of thousands of women and children. As the rainy season is approaching on the eve of October, Qatar Charity urges Muslims all over the world to resort to prayers to Almighty Allah and implore His mercy”. “The campaign by Qatar Charity for the ‘Friday of Mercy’ is a continuation of the intervention led by Qatar Charity in Somalia and the Horn of Africa”, he added.

Notes to editors

• Muslim Aid is a relief and development agency set up in the United Kingdom in 1985 to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster affected countries and to help poor and vulnerable communities overcome poverty. Over the last 25 years, Muslim Aid has expanded its work to cover over 70 countries worldwide. Muslim Aid works with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or political system. Muslim Aid programmes include emergency relief; capacity building through water, sanitation and health programmes; education and skills training; micro-financing and income generation and orphan care. As well as giving practical assistance, Muslim Aid tackles poverty by developing sustainable solutions, advocating for a more just and sustainable future.

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