The diary of a Saudi man, currently living in the United Kingdom, where the Religious Police no longer trouble him for the moment.

In Memory of the lives of 15 Makkah Schoolgirls, lost when their school burnt down on Monday, 11th March, 2002. The Religious Police would not allow them to leave the building, nor allow the Firemen to enter.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

The Power of Prayer 

Who was it who said....

Be careful what you pray for.....

JEDDAH, 10 November 2005 — Prayers for rain will be conducted throughout the Kingdom today. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has issued a statement instructing all people to take part in the special prayers in mosques, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The prayers were ordered, following the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), due to a delay in badly needed rain.

....you might just get it?

DAMMAM/AL-DAWADMI 19 November 2005
HEAVY rains lashed the Eastern Province Thursday afternoon resulting in traffic accidents, injuries and the clogging of roads. Half Moon Bay area witnessed a number of accidents resulting in injury to three people, reported Al-Watan Arabic daily. Traffic came to a standstill on Jubail-Dammam Road for three hours while Dhahran-Jubail Road witnessed six traffic accidents causing injury to two persons. Heavy rains preceded by hailstorms also lashed Al-Dawadmi Governorate Wednesday evening and Thursday night. The streets were covered with snow. On Thursday thick fog covered the area. At several places there were flash floods. The citizens came out to see the hailstones and waterfalls. Moderate to heavy rains also fell on Al-Mukhwah, Al-Aradhia Al-Janoubia and Al-Majma ah Wednesday and Thursday, according to Al-Jazirah Arabic daily.

I'm a great believer in the power of prayer. But as King Abdullah knows well, and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) before him, if you are going to pray for rain in Saudi Arabia, it's best to do it during our short, but predictable, rainy season.

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