Multiple faiths pray together for rain at Railroad Park

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama’s record drought has inspired many to turn to the power of prayer for relief. A non-denominational group of concerned citizens gathered today in Railroad Park today to pray for rain.

“On the off chance that this doesn’t work and it doesn’t immediately start raining because of our prayer, at least we’re all getting together for a shared purpose,” said event organizer Max Rykov. 

Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Pagan and other belief systems all gathered in the same circle to ask Allah, God and the universe for rain.

“Harness all the different traditions that people here are representing into a single ball of prayer that we send out to the universe and hopefully the universe responds by sending us some much needed rain,” said Rykov.

It’s been 63 days since Alabama last saw significant rainfall. And recent weeks have been fraught with wildfires and warnings to conserve water.

Imam Dr. Sameh Asal said he found today’s event online and wanted to participate. He said his congregation first began praying for rain three weeks ago

“It was done by our prophet, Prophet Mohammed peace be upon him, and so we said this is time now that we need to revive this heritage and pray for rain,” said Asal.

But it wasn’t all about prayer. The group also shared water-saving tips with each other.

“We want to back up our collective prayer by action and responsibility by actually saving water and realizing that the drought is very real and affects everyone equally,” said Rykov.

There was no rain at the prayer meeting.

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