Tens of thousands of Aussie Muslims across Australia prayed for rain on Eid days last week and helped raise money for drought-affected Australian farmers and it seems that their prayers have been answered.
It rained during the last weekend in August with up to 15 mm falling in various parts of South East Queensland and Northern NSW. The Bureau of Meteorology predicts more rainfall during the first weekend in September.
However substantial rainfall during the coming weeks will be needed to bring significant relief from drought affecting large parts of Australia.
On the other hand, a number of Eid festivals planned during weekends following Eid-ul-Adha in Sydney as well as in other cities had to be cancelled due to forecasts of rain and windy conditions.
Over 30,000 Muslims gathered at Lakemba Mosque, which was the largest gathering out of sixteen mosques that participated in prayer for rain.
NSW Farmers spokesperson Kathleen Curry said they really appreciated the support and thoughts from everyone in the community.
“I think it really touched the heart of our farmers during this period,” Ms Curry said. “Every little bit helps.”
The Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Muhammad has encouraged the Australian Muslim community to work together in partnership with farmers.
“For they are our fellow human being and our brothers, they are our partners in this country. What pains them pains us and what harms them harms us,” Dr Ibrahim said.