Lunar Eclipse: Facts, Myths and Superstitions

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June 15, 2011 12:00
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The view of a partial lunar eclipse above the mosque in Sharjah, UAE. Photo - Ali Haider/EPA

According to Islam, any cosmic event is a sign of the power and existence of God and a Muslim is asked to resort to the Creator during the time of lunar eclipse. Soon after the death of Prophet Mohammed’s son Ibrahim, a solar eclipse happened. People hurried to link both the events. Prophet Mohammed addressed the people to dispel the impression and said: “The sun and the moon are two signs of Allah; they are not eclipsed on account of anyone’s death or on account of anyone’s birth. So when you see them, glorify and supplicate Allah, observe the Prayer, give alms.” The Muslim faithful offer special prayers either individually or in a mosque congregation.

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