Saturday, November 2, 2013

Daylight Savings, Solar eclipse, Prayer and The Islamic new year!

annular solar eclipse by kubotake, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License  by  kubotake 

 In a few hours daylight savings time will end (Sunday November 3, at 2 am), and you will get one extra hour of sleep (oh yeah).
As they say it’s time to fall back, so don’t forget to set your clock back one hour!

Not only is the time going to change, but there will also be a solar eclipse.

Here are a few tips, if you want to check out the eclipse.

1.    What parts of the world will see it?
The East Coast (USA),as well as northern South America, southern Europe, the Middle East and sections Africa.

2.    What time will it take place?
      …6:38 a.m. EST. The moon will move off the sun’s disc by 7:10 a.m., according to Geoff Chester, an astronomer at the U.S. Naval Observatory.

3.    Viewing instructions
Don’t look directly at the sun, instead you need a pinhole camera.

5.    Resources
       Solar eclipse
 How to make a solar eclipse viewer

 On a spiritual note the eclipse is a special time to remember Allah: The Prophet Muhammad (swt) said,
"When you see the eclipse, remember Allah and say takbir, pray and give Sadaqah." [Bukhari, 2:154]

The eclipse prayer:

* Stand up for prayer as normal, and make your intention for the eclipse prayer.
* Recite Qur'an as you normally would.
* Go into Rukoo' [bow] and prolong the rukoo' with duas [prayers].
* Stand up and recite Qur'an again.
* Go into Rukoo [bow] again and prolong the rukoo' with duas but not as long as the first rukoo'.
* Stand up and then go into sujood [prostration] and prolong the sujood with duas.
* Sit up straight.
* Go into sujood again and prolong it [but not as long as the first sujood].
* Repeat the above steps for the second raka'a [second unit of prayer]. [Bukhari, 2.154]

In addition on Sunday night at sunset the Islamic new year will begin.
The first month on the Islamic calendar is Muharram 1435, may Allah(God) bless you, and your family for the new year!