What the people whose concern is only for this world are saying about the eclipse
A scientific researcher has said: “The eclipse is a natural phenomenon which should be regarded without alarm.”
With regard to what they are actually doing, we have heard the following news:
- Medically-approved glasses will be distributed to people so that they can enjoy these few moments.
- One country has imported 50,000 pairs of special glasses to be used for watching the eclipse this coming Wednesday.
- People will gather at specialized telescopes so that they will have the opportunity to see the eclipse through advanced scientific means.
- British Airways has organized two Concorde flights to observe the eclipse this coming Wednesday. The flights will depart from Heathrow airport and head west for half the distance, then they will come back, so that the two hundred passengers will be able to see the eclipse from an altitude of 58,000 feet, travelling at twice the speed of sound. All the tickets for both flights sold out within a short period of time.
- In some countries people have been advised to stay in their houses and not to go out in the streets at all.
This is what the people of negligence say, but what about the people of faith? Al-Bukhaari (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in his Saheeh: Baab Al-Salaah fi Kusoof al-Shams (Chapter on prayer when the sun is eclipsed):
From Abu Bakrah who said: “We were with the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the sun was eclipsed. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) stood up, dragging his cloak, and went into the mosque. We went in too and he led us in praying two rak’ahs, until the sun was uncovered again. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘The sun and moon are not eclipsed for the death of anyone [or for the life of anyone], [they are two of the signs of Allaah]. So if you see that, [then get up and pray] and make du’aa’ until what happened to you is over.’” (982). Continue reading