ISLAMABAD (APP) – A solar eclipse, second in the series of triple eclipses will occur on July 22 and will be visible in Pakistan, India, China, Japanese islands and the South Pacific Ocean, said meteorological calculations.
This rare astronomical event of triple eclipses has started from July this year and will occur across the world including Pakistan. According to Pakistan Meteorological Dept’s calculations, the solar eclipse will start at 00:53 Universal Time, it will be witnessed at 6:53 am according to Pakistan Standard Times. The eclipse will end on 4:18 UT while the greatest eclipse will be at 8:35 am.
A penumbral eclipse of the moon was witnessed on July 7 which was not be visible in the country. The data collected by APP revealed that another penumbral eclipse of the moon will occur on August 06 which will be visible from Europe, Africa and South America. It will not be visible to the naked eye and partially visible in Pakistan at the time of moon set. The eclipse will begin at 23:01 UT and end on 2:17 and the greatest eclipse will be at 00:39, according to Universal Time.
A partial eclipse of the moon will also occur in Dec this year which will be best visible from the Northern Canada, Alaska, Australia, Indonesia, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Artic regions and will also be visible from Pakistan.
THINGS TO DO DURING THE ECLIPSE
It is narrated by Abu Musa (RA) that once the sun was eclipsed and the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam got up, fearing that it may be the final hour (i.e. The day of judgement). He went to the mosque and offered Salaah with the lengthiest qiyam (standing posture), ruku and sajda I had ever seen him doing. Then he said, “These signs which Allah sends do not occur because of the life or death of somebody, but Allah frightens his worshippers with them. So when you see anything thereof, proceed to remember Allah, invoke Him and ask for his forgiveness.
A list of things to do during an eclipse:
Engage in performing Salaah
Make excessive Dua
Do Zikr; say Allahu-Akbar
Give Sadqa (charity)
To offer 2 rak’ats of prayer at the time of a solar eclipse is Sunnah. It will be performed just like 2 rak’ats of Nafl Salaah. The solar eclipse prayer should be offered in congregation provided the Imaam of the congregation is the Imaam of Jumma prayer. Azaan and iqamat should not be given for such a prayer, but to call the people to such a prayer, an announcement should be made in this manner; ‘Gather for Prayer’. It is Sunnah to recite lengthy surahs in such prayers and stay longer in Ruku and Sajdah. It is optional to recite aloud or quietly. Immediately after concluding the prayer, the Imaam should devote himself to Dua and the Dua should continue up to the end of the eclipse. But if in this condition the sun sets or the time of any prescribed prayer comes, the Dua should be concluded and the prayer of the time should be offered.
Note: If for some reason, the Imaam is not available, then people should perform Salaah individually. Read more.
If you are a resident of Islamabad then this is local circumstance of the partial eclipse we willface tomorrow morning.
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