Prayer for Rain

Every Friday

In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Several states on the US West Coast are in the midst of unprecedented wildfire emergencies, including California which has seen more than 2 million acres burned, thousands of homes destroyed, and several lives lost. The Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, after consultation with its Board of Imams, ardently invites all Masajid and institutions who are able and can follow jurisdictional orders, to specifically pray for rain, as found in the example of the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him.  This is an emphasized Sunnah when the situation is warranted and it can be repeated when rain is delayed or when it is not plentiful enough. Fasting, giving in charity, and other acts of outward and inward obedience, which show need and reliance on the Almighty are recommended.  

The details of how and when to perform this devotional act of “Salatul Istisqa” can be found here. This prayer can be performed by individuals and families at home. A detailed sermon and supplication for rain in a previous and similar situations can be found online. Additional resources in Arabic can be accessed here for particular Duas and a more systematic guide.    

The Islamic Shura Council calls on surrounding umbrella organizations in the state to prepare for a collective statewide (or even national) consortium in organizing a statewide prayer for seeking rain.  One possibility to do this is after Friday prayer, if local Covid guidelines and conditions permit. The Jumuah reminder or Khutbah can include a dua for rain. Then after the Fard Salah, the two units of Sunnah prayer for rain followed by a second separate khutbah for that very reason may be done, although not compulsory. Depending on which Masjid is hosting services, abiding by corresponding county and State health mandates for gatherings within houses of worship, cannot be overlooked. We encourage you to work with religious leadership and Imams at your Islamic Centers and known institutions to confirm the practice and process for this act of worship. We ask Allah swt to send relief to the areas affected, aid the people displaced, replace the properties lost, and restore the natural environment harmed, ameen. 

About Us

Our Mission & Vision

Mission: The Islamic Shura Council of Southern California assists Muslim organizations in serving the Muslim community of Southern California and the society-at-large. It represents the united voice of it’s members, coordinates community activities, enables effective communication, advocates on behalf of it’s member organizations, and fosters leadership development.

Vision: To be a leading organization for unity and excellence


Our History

The Islamic Shura Council was formed on April 20, 1995, by the Muslim leadership as a  community-based nonprofit – 501(c)3 organization. This was a response to fill the need for an umbrella organization representing and advocating on behalf of the growing number of mosques and Muslim organizations in Southern California. It now has an impressive membership of 60 mosques and Muslim organizations. The organization also coordinated outreach campaigns and workshops on relevant issues for its constituencies. The linguistic meaning of Shura is the procedure of making decisions by mutual consultation and consensus. More History Coming Soon…

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