Worshippers perform Friday prayer at Al Noor Masjid in Sharjah.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Rain prayers were performed in mosques all across the UAE on Friday on the call of UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The prayer, known as the Salat Al Istisqa, is performed similar to Eid prayer. It starts with 7 takberat in the first rakaat in the beginning, and takberat will take place in the second rakaat upon standing up from the prostration.
The Imams in the mosques read out the sermon and urged the faithful to ask for forgiveness from the Almighty Allah. The rain prayers were held 10 minutes before the Friday prayer.
Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) in Dubai said that rain prayers were performed in around 800 mosques across Dubai.
The prayers were held to keep with the tradition of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) to pray for the land to be blessed with rain.
President Khalifa called for supplicating God to send rain, mercy and abundance upon the country and its people.
The weather in the UAE has been inconsistent over the past few days.
The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) said that the lowest temperature recorded over the country on Friday was 6.3°C in Raknah, on the outskirts of Al Ain at 06:45am UAE time.
The NCM expects the weather on Saturday to be partly cloudy to cloudy at times on the islands and some coastal, northern and eastern areas with a probability of light rain.
The winds will be moderate to active onshore, according to the NCM. The sea will be rough in the Arabian Gulf and moderate in the Sea of Oman.
The National Centre of Meteorology has warned residents over poor visibility, and urged motorists to drive carefully and within the speed limit.
Among the areas that witnessed heavy rainfall were Wadi Al Ajili in Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah-Kalba Road, while Ekhaidir and Al Dhaid in Sharjah, Muzaira in Ajman and the Masafi and Asfi in Ras Al Khaimah witnessed moderate rain.
The NCM has warned of the formation of fog and lack of visibility, appealing to motorists to exercise precautions to preserve the public safety.
Fire officials say about 15 people were on the deck of a beach house on the 20500 block of Pacific Coast Highway on Saturday when it gave way, dropping them onto the large rocks below.
"As vaccine supply continues to improve and vaccination capacity gets enhanced in all federating units, we continue to expand the categories of those who are eligible to get vaccinated," Umar said on Twitter.
Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates have also congratulated Sheikh Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed, on the advent of Eid Al Fitr.