Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development led Al-Istisqa prayers for rain on the morning of Thursday 21 November 2014 as per the directions of HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Engineer Saad Al Muhannadi, President of Qatar Foundation, Fahad Al Qahtani, Group Executive Director of Qatar Foundation Administration and staff members of Qatar Academy, were joined by hundreds of students at Qatar Academy’s Senior School in prayer. The Istisqa prayer is part of Qatar Foundation’s efforts to instil Arab and Islamic values in students and teach them the importance preserving their heritage. Engineer Al Muhannadi said:
Through this event, Qatar Foundation keeps Islamic culture and teachings alive by strengthening young people’s connection to Qatari culture and heritage. The fast pace of modern life can make people forget much of the Islamic and Arabic culture. For this reason, Qatar Foundation strives to maintain a deep connection between education, scientific research and our Arab and Islamic values. Keeping theses Islamic teachings alive serves to remind young people of our heritage, without which, we will not be able to succeed in going forward in achieving Qatar’s National Vision, transforming the country into a knowledge-based economy and building a prosperous nation that is based on a cultural and religious foundation that we can all be proud of.’
This year marks the fifth time the Academy has led students in Al-Istisqa rain seeking prayers following the directives from the Supreme Education Council in Qatar. Al Qahtani commented on observing the Istisqa prayers by saying:
Undoubtedly, religion is the foundation that society is built upon, be it in education or in other sectors. Qatar Foundation is leading this prayer not just because it is an annual tradition, but because it is essential to our faith. This is what we want our sons and daughters to understand in order to strengthen their religious awareness.’
After the prayers, Islamic Education Teacher Faisal Al Qahtani gave a sermon about the religious significance of the Al-Istisqa rain seeking prayers. Senior School Assistant Principal, Maha Al Romaihi, said:
The school organises the prayer for rain annually upon the announcement of this prayer by Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs in Qatar. This is a great opportunity for the school to promote the Islamic identity among Muslim students through the reinforcement of such Islamic practices. It is also an educational opportunity to instil among our students different important values. The school prepares students for the prayer beforehand by educating them about the prerequisites of this type of prayer, including the supplications recited during the performance of this prayer.’
Al Awsaj Academy also led its own Istisqa prayer for rain on Thursday for students and teachers of all classes to evoke Islamic religious values in students. The prayer, at Awsaj Academy, was well organised and attended by a large number of teachers and employees.