Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan of Morroco headed the rain prayers (Salat-ul-Istisqa) last Friday at Rabat’s Hassan Mosque. The rain prayer is a prayer of request, following the tradition of the prophet Mohammed, when rain is scarce. The prayers included children, Quranic school students, imams, and students of the Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams, Morchidines and Morchidates. The rain prayers were ordered by the Crown Prince’s father, King Mohammed VI, “to pray the Almighty to bestow his beneficial rains on his creatures.”
The lack of rain is causing problems with the country’s seasonal cereal production. Just a few days ago, 15 people were killed in stampede for food aid as the cost of food has risen considerably. It was reported that the victims were mostly elderly people and women. Around 40% of the country works in the agricultural industry. The drought of 2016 left around 10,000 people without work.
Upon arrival, the Crown Prince was greeted by Ahmed Toufiq, Minister of Islamic Affairs, Mohammed Mhidia, Wali of the Rabat-Sale-Kenitra region and governor of Rabat prefecture, and Mohammed Yessef, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Ulema.
Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan of Morroco is the older child of King Mohammed VI of Morocco and his wife, Princess Lalla Salma. He was born on 8 May 2003 and was circumcised in 2005 amid great celebration and festivities. He replaced his father’s younger brother Prince Moulay Rachid as Crown Prince. He began appearing in public at official engagements in 2015. He is named after his grandfather King Hassan II and is expected to reign as King Hassan III. He has a younger sister named Princess Lalla Khadija, who was born in 2007.
His father became King of Morocco upon the death of King Hassan II on 23 July 1999.