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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Manchester: Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes led a remarkable comeback for England in a three-wicket victory over Pakistan in the first test on Saturday.

The pair went on the counter-attack at the fall of the fifth wicket and shared a sixth-wicket stand of 139 on day 4 at Old Trafford, with no fans present due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

Buttler was out for 75 while Woakes hit the winning runs and was undefeated on 84 as England finished on 277-7.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah (4-99) had put Pakistan in pole position with two wickets as England, chasing a target of 277 for victory, slipped from 86-1 to 117-5 in its second innings.

Ollie Pope (7) was the fifth man out to a remarkable delivery from left-armer Shaheen Afridi which flew off the pitch. As Pope flinched in surprise, the ball clattered into his glove and lobbed high towards Shadab Khan coming in from gully.

That dismissal brought Buttler and Woakes together and the game increasingly swung in England's favor.