Total Solar Eclipse 1st August 2008

People are chucking parties over this? WT! 😛

But I must admit, it is such a beautiful breathtaking phenomenon to witness with your very own eyes. If only I had been in China, Greenland, Russia, Siberia, Mongolia at this time 😦

http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20080731/sc_space/solareclipsefridaytofascinatemillions;_ylt=AvyOySQ.WlquYJEk1lV2LEyHgsgF

The following are excepts from http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/Articles/science/islam_and_the_solar_eclipse.htm
about how Islam views solar eclipses.

“The Sun and the Moon are two of the Signs (Ayat) of Allah: they do not darken for the death or birth of any person, but Allah strikes fear into His servants by means of them. So when you see them darken, remember and mention Allah, declare His Greatness, offer prayer, give in charity, and supplicate to Him and seek His forgiveness.”

Solar and lunar eclipses are reminders of the Day of Judgment, when the sun, moon and stars will all lose their light. “When the sight is dazed, and the moon is buried in darkness, and the sun and moon are joined together: Man will say on that day, ‘Where is the refuge?’” (Surat al-Qiyamah, the Resurrection)

Being a reminder of the Last Day, the eclipse is a time for prayer, charitable acts, freeing slaves and generally remembering Allah and seeking His forgiveness.

To have belief in heavenly bodies (sun, moon, planets, stars) as having power over events and people’s fates and fortunes is to reject Allah by ascribing partners to Him. “And among His Signs are the night and the day, the sun and the moon. Prostrate neither to the sun nor to the moon, but prostrate to Allah who created them, if it is truly Him you worship.” (Surat Fussilat, the Signs Explained)

Thus one cannot worship God by worshipping creation –whether the devotions are offered to Nature, heavenly bodies, idols or human beings. The worship of something or someone created in whatever form, Muslims consider to be an underlying error of many groups active in the UK, from pagans, Druids and New Age cultures (for whom the eclipse is a sacred event) to the numerous Christian denominations.

The popular but false, empty faith in astrology, so widespread in the popular press, is also condemned in Islam. Islam teaches people to constantly turn to the Source of all events: Allah.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/doblonaut/2286456145/

This was another solar eclipse but in February this year. It just shows the phases to and from the eclipse. Amazing!

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~ by nursheikha on August 1, 2008.

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