We are headed into some very interesting days. Our Creator is dazzling us with a show of his ability. There is a solar eclipse on August 21. While the science behind it is now understood, don’t lose sight of the One who created the science. Imagine if the sun went dark. What power do we have to bring this much-needed power source back to life? What light will we have to shine on our day?
“It is He who made the sun a shining light and the moon a derived light and determined for it phases – that you may know the number of years and account [of time]. Allah has not created this except in truth. He details the signs for a people who know.” Surat Yoonus 10:5
“Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding.” Surat Ali-Imran 190
What if Allah(swt) chose to make one, day or night, permanent?
Say, “Have you considered: if Allah should make for you the day continuous until the Day of Resurrection, what deity other than Allah could bring you a night in which you may rest? Then will you not see?” Sura Al-Qasas: 72
We will get a glimpse of the power of Allah (swt) on the day of the eclipse.
A few reminders:
1. In hours leading up to the event of the eclipse, please make an effort to remember Allah (swt) more. As you read about the eclipse, pay attention to the power of Allah (swt) and his ability to do anything.
2. During the event be sure to take time out to pray the prayer of eclipse. Some masajid will announce and host, be sure to take part if you can, or pray on your own.
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “The sun and the moon are two of the signs of Allah and they do not become eclipsed for the death or birth of anyone. But Allah sends them to make His slaves fear (Him), so if you see that, then pray and make du’aa’ until it is over.” According to another version he said: “So if you see that, then hasten to remember Allah and call upon Him and seek His forgiveness.”
3. After that we start the days of Hajj, these are the 10 best days of the year. Engage in as many good deeds as you can throughout these special days.
The Prophet (PBUH) said, “There is no deed that is better in the sight of Allah or more greatly rewarded than a good deed done in the (first) ten days of Al-Adha”. It was asked, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?” The Prophet (PBUH) replied, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, unless a man goes out himself for Jihad taking his wealth with him and does not come back with anything.” Narrated by Al-Bukhari
4. Finally as Hajj comes to a close, fast the day of Arafat.
Abu Hafsah (ra) reported that the Prophet (saws) said, “Fasting on the day of Arafah absolves the sons for two years: the previous year and the coming year, and fasting on Ashura atones for the sins of the previous year”.
Please take benefits from these events. May Allah(swt) accept all your efforts.
Play It Safe
If you are planning on viewing the eclipse, please make sure to take the proper precautions.
1. Do not look directly at the sun with the naked eye. That also goes for looking through binoculars or a telescope, unless they are fitted with solar filters. Either use solar glasses, available at many public libraries and viewing sites across the country, or make a pinhole camera.
2. Keep young children and pets indoors during the hours your area will witness the eclipse.
3. Do not attempt to photograph the eclipse with a camera unless fitted with the proper solar filter. You can use your cellphone camera if you follow safety guidelines.