Muslims in Kenya pray for rain as severe drought bites the region

Muslims in Kenya have held special rain prayers as parts of the country face severe droughts affecting nearly a million people.

The prayers were observed at the Sir Ali Muslim Club ground in Nairobi.

An imam at Nairobi’s Parklands mosque asked Muslims to seek God’s forgiveness and ask Him to send rain.

Praying for rain in times of scarcity is an Islamic tradition which dates back to the time of Prophet Muhammad.

Last month, a group of Muslim organisations in Kenya launched an appeal to help people affected by severe drought in the country.

According to a recent report on the drought situation in the country by the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), more than 860,000 Kenyans are in need of immediate food assistance.