For crying out loud, consider the source. It's Rupert's trashiest local rag (from the same stable as Fox). If you can bear to, read the cited article critically.
This is what the cleric said:
"The fear of Allah is not there. So we have now a polluted earth, a polluted water, a wasteland," he told a meeting this year.
"What are the people now crying for? The prophet told you hundreds of years ago, 'Look after the water'."
Seems reasonable in the circumstances. As for the rest of the article it immediately becomes a mashup of what someone else said, somewhere else, sometime to pad out the message to fill the gaps between the tabloid ads.
"A Sunday Herald Sun investigation also found clerics railing against "evil" democracy, vilifying Jews and Christians and encouraging jihad and polygamy. ..."
I for one would welcome some rain. If it happens to come by dint of devotion to Murrimupp the Frog God then let it. Up Mildura way there's been outdoor ceremonies:
Bucketing bathwater to the outdoors to water plants is getting friggin' old i tells ya.