Lamu, KENYA: Thousands of Muslim faithful in Lamu County have commenced a four day fast for rain following a persistent and prolonged drought in the region.
More than 50,000 Muslims from various parts of Lamu West and East Sub-Counties will also be converging at the Twaif Grounds in Lamu town on the last day of the fast on Thursday and pray to God to bring rain to enable the county to grow food and get water for their dying livestock.
At least 30,000 households and over 200,000 heads of cattle are currently in dire need of food and water.
Areas that have been hard hit by the biting drought in Lamu include Witu,Pandanguo,Maisha Masha, Moa, Hindi, Bar’goni, Basuba, Mangai, Milimani, Mararani and Kiangwe.
Speaking in Lamu on Tuesday,Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya-CIPK Lamu branch chair Abubakar Shekuwe appealed to all Muslims to go back to Allah in prayer and fasting so that the drought which is deemed as punishment as a result of God’s anger can come to an end.
Muslims in Lamu began fasting on Monday and will do so for the next four days.
“We are humans and maybe we have angered God in one way or the other and that’s why this drought seems to be getting worse by the day. We feel God has stopped rains because we haven’t repented.thats why we are fasting and praying and we know that God will deliver us from this disaster and open the clouds for the rains to fall again on Lamu,”said Shekuwe.
The Lamu chairperson of the Coast Interfaith Council of Clerics-CICC Mohamed Abdulkadir said there was need for all Muslims to partake of the Istiqaai fast in order to deliver Lamu from the drought.