LAHORE: Namaz-e-Istasqa, (Special prayer for rain), was offered after the Friday prayers all over the country on the appeal of the Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq.
At Mansoora, the prayer was led by the JI deputy chief, Hafiz Muhammad Idrees, and was joined by large number of people from the neighbouring localities.
Speaking on the occasion, Hafiz Muhammad Idrees said that the nation as a whole must seek forgiveness from Allah Almighty. He said that the ruling junta of the country had revolted against the divine injunctions.
Hundreds of liquor permits were being issued in spite of large scale deaths. The country was under heavy debt and the governments were obtaining loans on heavy interest. The country’s economy had been shattered due to wrong policies of the government and the masses were groaning under price high taxes and price hike. Nudity and obscenity had crossed all limits, whereas, the girls and women wearing veils were being denied admissions in educational institutions.
He said it was high time that the rulers as well as the masses repented for their sins and begged mercy from Allah so that the drought came to an end.
Namaz e Istisqa was also offered at Peshawar, Quetta, Multan, Faisalabad. Maulana Tayyab Qureshi led the prayer at the historic Mahabat Khan mosque, Peshawar. In Balochistan, the special prayer was offered at eight places including Quetta.