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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Pune: A rooster's crowing annoyed a woman to such an extent that she walked into a police station in Maharashtra's Pune district and demanded action against the bird and its owner, an official said on Sunday.

In her application submitted at the Samarth police station on Friday, the woman, a resident of Somwar Peth area here, said her sleep was getting disturbed due to the cock's crowing at dawn every day in front of her house, he said.

"We have received the woman's application. When we checked, we found she does not stay at the house, which belongs to her sister. She had come to her sister's house for a few days and left the place after submitting the application," he said.

When the police approached the woman's sister, the latter downplayed the incident, claiming her sibling was a little "eccentric", he said.

The official said no formal complaint was registered so far in the matter.