Eclipse and Islam
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Today marks the day where a solar eclipse will occur in Malaysia at around 1pm local time. Although selected areas will experience a full solar eclipse nevertheless it is still an event to take note of.
Around the world, different culture and belief view this phenomenon with its own unique way. Islam as a religion that explains and trace everything to God have a different way of appreciating such occurrences.
When the sun was eclipsed at the time of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), he commanded someone to call out “al-salaatu jaami’ah (prayer is about to begin)”, and he led the people in prayer. Then he addressed them and explained to them the reason for the eclipse, and declared their jaahili beliefs to be null and void. He explained to them what they should do, such as praying and making du’aa’ and giving in charity. He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The sun and the moon are two of the signs of Allah; they do not become eclipsed for the death or life of anyone. If you see that then call upon Allah and magnify Him, and pray, and give in charity.” The Muslims did not know when an eclipse would happen, but when it did happen, they would hasten to do what Allaah had prescribed, such as praying etc.
Yes, as muslim whatever happens be it good or bad, we would always be thankful to Allah as there is always some hidden message in it. They best way to Thank the Almighty to at least be given opportunity to witness its creation is by prostrating.