For Muslims, the solar eclipse is a time of deep spirituality

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SHAFAQNA – Greenville is one the best locations to witness the marvel of a total solar eclipse. There will be many activities and celebrations to mark the occasion in the Upstate.

Most people are excited to witness this once in a lifetime event.  Muslims celebrate this event in a more spiritual way. According to Islamic history and traditions, in the pre-Islamic era, people used to associate the solar eclipse with some superstitious reasons.

During the time of the Prophet Muhammed, a solar eclipse happened. People hurried to link this to the death of the Prophet’s son, Ibrahim, which happened on the same day. The Prophet Muhammed took the opportunity to correct this mistaken notion.  “The solar or lunar eclipse is only a sign of God,” he is quoted as saying. “They do not take place for the death or life of anybody. So when you see them darken, remember and mention God, declare His greatness, offer prayer, give in charity, and supplicate to Him and seek His forgiveness.”

Therefore, it is a tradition among Muslims to worship and pray during the solar eclipse. It is a time of joy but also contemplation. It reminds Muslims of the things which will happen on the Day of Resurrection, when the sun will be wound round and will lose its light and be overthrown and the stars will fall (81:1) and the sight will be dazed, the moon will be eclipsed and the sun and moon will be joined together (75:8-9).

The total eclipse is a time of spirituality for many other traditions too. It is the time of unity and healing, especially in the aftermath of Charlottesville tragedy. It is the time to remember we have far more in common with each other than things that divide us. It is the time to remember we all share the same sun and the moon and we all enjoy and reflect on the spectacular solar eclipse.

Dr.Akif Aydin

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