Bismillahir Rahmānir Rahīm
As-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakātahu
Brothers & Sisters, on the night of April 15, 2014 we will be experiencing a lunar eclipse In shaa Allah. It is reported that the moon will have a reddish glow, which is why some non-Muslims write that it will be time for romance – Ma’ādhullāh.
This is not the case for us Muslims. When Nabī ﷺ witnessed eclipses, he would immediately hasten for salāh, standing in great anxiety and fearing that it might be doomsday. Abu Mas’ūd al-Ansāri radiallāhu `an reports that ﷺ said “Verily the sun and the moon are the two signs among the signs of Allah by which He frightens his servants and they do not eclipse on account of the death of any one of the people. So when you see anything about them, observe prayer, supplicate Allah till it is cleared from you.” [Muslim]
In another hadīth, Nabī ﷺ, after performing two rakā’ah, he addressed the people saying, “These are two signs (lunar and solar eclipses) amongst the Signs of Allah, and they do not eclipse because of anyone’s death or life. So, if you see them, hasten for the Prayer.” [Bukhāri]
During these frightful events, Nabī used to order his companions to free slaves, supplicate to Allāh and ask for His forgiveness. So, let’s revive the sunnah of performing Salātul-Khusūf tonight. It consists of two rakā’ah which should encompass the duration of the eclipse.
The estimated time for the total eclipse in Trinidad is between 3:07 am and 4:25 am (approximately) (NASA). For information on the timings for the partial and total eclipse in your area, you can visit this page http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/JLEX/JLEX-NA.html
Also consult with your local `Alims and Imams In shā Allāh.
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