Mangaluru: Hundreds of Muslim men and women turned up at the city’s Nehru Maidan on Wednesday early morning to seek divine intervention as the rain continued to evade coastal Karnataka causing scarcity of water across the belt.

South Kanara Salafi Movement (SKSM) on Wednesday organised a special prayer at Nehru Maidan in the city calling on people to join the prayers seeking rain from Allah.

Sheikh Sakib Salim Umri led the special prayers also known as Salat ul istasqa in Arabic and sermon.

Hundreds of Muslim both men and women joined the prayers and sought divine intervention for the rain as the coastal belt is battered with shortage of water amidst rising temperature which has also led to the decrease in water inflow and storage at water reservoirs.

Sheikh Umri, in his address added that turning to god during the times of needs helps strengthen the iman of people and it is important to have faith and trust in God no matter how worse the things have panned out.

"We should never feel let down by God. He is the creator of the world and has control over every single thing in this world. This can also be a test for us, throughout which we need to call on God to ease it on us" he said.

"It is important to save and conserve water. Islam teaches us to use water very carefully as it is one of the greatest gift of Allah so while using it we should not use it carelessly and be extra cautious. Allah also stops rain when he is angry with the people in world. When our bad deeds exceed our good deeds, God turns to stop rain and let people suffer" he added

BJP MLA Vedavyas Kamath was also present at the venue during the prayers.

Earlier this week, Udupi MLA K Raghupathi Bhat also organised a special Hindu Puja seeking for rain in the region.



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Ranchi, Oct 18: Having lost nine successive tosses in Asia, an exasperated South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won't mind sending "someone else" in his place for the toss of the coin in the third and final Test against India, beginning here Saturday.

South Africa have struggled in Indian conditions and not winning the toss in the first two Tests has only made things tougher for them. Opting to bat in Visakhapatnam and Pune, India put up 500-plus totals to virtually bat the visitors out of the game.

"We really want to make sure that we compete with this team in their own conditions. We have done it in stages in the first Test. So, hoping that we can start with the toss tomorrow.

"Probably we will change... send someone else to the toss tomorrow. I can give you that... because my records so far has not been great," said du Plessis, in a lighter vein, on the eve of the game.

Du Plesiss said "anything is possible" if his side get to bat first.

"If you put big runs in the first innings, that's where it need to stop. Then anything from there is possible. Hopefully that will unfold in the next couple of days and hopefully we can put some runs on.

"The pitch looks a little bit drier and crustier so first innings runs will be vital and then anything from there is possible in the second innings," the South African skipper added.