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Tens of thousands of Muslims in Australia have gathered to pray for rain for Australia's drought-afflicted farmers. prayers were incorporated into Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. Dozens of mosques included prayers for rain in their celebrations for holy celebration. Eid al-Adha is one of Islam's holiest festivals. It is often referred to as Festival of Sacrifice and is celebrated by sharing food with family, neighbours, as well as poor and needy. biggest gathering was at Sydney's Lakemba Mosque, which was attended by over 30,000 Muslims. An imam of mosque said: "God will send down rainfall. It is our duty to help Australians, especially farmers."

Australia is currently undergoing its most devastating drought in living memory. whole of New South Wales, country's most populous state, is in drought. state farmers' spokeswoman, Kathleen Curry, told ABC news agency how much farmers appreciated support and thoughts of Muslim community. She said: "I think it really touched heart of our farmers during this period." She added: "Every little bit helps." Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently committed $1.3 billion in relief funds for farmers to safeguard their livelihoods. disturbing thing is that it is currently winter in Australia and hot summer weather is looming and threatening to worsen situation.

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