The world is set to witness the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century this Friday, bringing with it an eerie blood moon. For astronomers and many people, it is a good chance to witness the celestial wonder as the eclipse will adorn the skies today. The period between the solar eclipse July’s superstitious Friday the 13th and the upcoming lunar eclipse is an ideal time to make a fresh start, astrologers assert. They also suggest people to write down your goals and start a transformation in your love life, finances, overcoming the threat of a potential crisis.
While doomsayers claim, solar and lunar eclipses herald the end of the world, quoting passages from the Book of Revelation in the Bible and also the Book of Joel in the Hebrew Bible, for some other religions, eclipses have their own meaning and significance.
Significance of lunar and solar eclipses in Islam:
During a solar or lunar eclipse, Muslim worshippers traditionally say special prayers. In the past, there was much fear and superstition surrounding such rare occurrences, with many believing they were a warning of impending disaster. As per Islamic thought, there was a solar eclipse when the prophet Muhammad’s son Ibrahim died and some assumed the sun was darkened because of this tragedy and the grief and mourning it caused.
However, as the science of astronomy developed and it became possible to predict eclipses, it became clear they were not unexpected reactions to a current human event but part of the clockwork of the cosmos – the normal motions and cycles of stars, planets, and moons.
The prophet Muhammad is quoted as saying, “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. OUmmahof Muhammad, none is more indignant than Allah when His servant or maid commits fornication. O people of Muhammad, by Allah, if you knew what I know, you would weep much and laugh little. O Allah, witness, I informed them.”
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Meanwhile, on Saturday, July 28, the total lunar eclipse will begin at 1 am. The entire event will end at 2.43 am.