From qat to coffee and record rainfall in the Haraaz

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From qat to coffee and record rainfall in the Haraaz

A view of Darshaal from the reservoir

A brief look at the successful supplanting of a drug crop with coffee by The Haraaz Mumineen Upliftment Office; which celebrates a decade since inception in this Hijri year

It has been 10 years since Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin TUS established the ‘Haraaz Mumineen Upliftment Office’ (Maktab Raf'o Mustawa al Mumineen).

This included the construction of reservoirs and wells, repairing roads, and housing schemes. 

Haraaz had a drought situation in recent years with very little rainfall. In 1434 H Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS sent thousands of Mumineen from all around the world to Haraaz to push for the instant uprooting of qat and assist the Haraazi Mumineen in doing so.

This act came after constant appeals from the Mumineen of Haraaz regarding the lack of rainfall. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin stated at the beginning of this drive in 1434, "Uproot all of the qat and the rainfall will surely follow".

Some 150,000 qat trees were uprooted in the following months and Haraaz became 80% qat free. 

Miraculously rain did follow after this process and rainfall increased in the following years. The photos show a reservoir that was built 8 years ago in which the water level never reached more than 1/4th of its capacity due to paucity of rain. This year the rainfall was so plentiful that no Haraazi had experienced the like of it. The reservoir was overflowing for the very first time.