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Why do some Muslim countries perform a special prayer during an eclipse?


As astronomers look skyward to observe the solar or lunar eclipse on Tuesday, some Muslims perform a special prayer known as Salat al kusoof.

The October 25 partial solar eclipse will peak just before 4 p.m. in the United Arab Emiratesthe next not being visible in the country until 2027.

But why do some Islamic countries perform the special prayer?

What is salat al kusoof?

The prayer of the eclipse is not obligatory (fardh), it is rather advised (sunnah) because The Prophet Muhammad was said to do so, as a reminder of the greatness of God.

Muslims perform it whenever an eclipse occurs. It is usually performed in groups, in mosques led by an imam.

What does this imply?

Salat al kusoof is slightly different from the five obligatory daily prayers prescribed for Muslims.

It is not preceded by an athan or a call to prayer, and the recitation of the Quran is generally longer than the standard prayers.

It includes two rakats, each of which includes two ruko (bows) and two sujood, where the forehead rests on the ground.

Muslims hold these prayers and recite duaa because this phenomenon is considered a sign of Allah’s power and a time to remember His greatness.

When was salat al kusoof introduced into Islam?

It is said that the sun eclipsed the day when Ibrahim, the son of The Prophet Muhammad deceased. This led people to believe that it happened because of Ibrahim’s death.

In response, the Prophet reportedly said: “The Sun and the Moon are two signs of Allah, and they do not eclipse for anyone’s death or birth. If you see this, hasten to remember Allah and pray.”

How to watch the solar eclipse

The eclipse will peak at 3:51 p.m. in the United Arab Emirates and will be visible for about two hours, until about 4:54 p.m.

The Dubai Astronomy Group is hosting a viewing event at the Al Thuraya Astronomy Center in Dubai’s Mushrif Park.


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