27.10.1441 AH /19.06.2020 CE
GUIDANCE REGARDING SOLAR, LUNAR ECLIPSES
According to astronomical reports, Insha Allah a Solar Eclipse is expected to occur on Sunday, 21st of June, and a Lunar Eclipse is expected on Sunday, 05th of July this year.
According to reports, the Solar eclipse that is to occur on Sunday, 21st of June is expected to be visible in many parts of the globe as an ‘Annular Solar Eclipse’, while in Sri Lanka this may appear as a partial Solar Eclipse between 10.29 am to 01.19 pm (Colombo Time).
The lunar eclipse that is to occur on Sunday 05th of July, is expected to be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse and based on astronomical reports, this may not be visible to Sri Lanka.
The Prophet (PBUH) has said, “The sun and the moon are two signs amongst the signs of Allah; they do not eclipse on the death or life of anyone. So when you see the eclipse, Remember Allah and say Takbir, offer Prayers and give Sadaqa.”
(Saheehul Bukhari – 1044)
If anyone sights the Solar Eclipse or if many people have reported to have sighted the Eclipse which is expected to occur on Sunday, 21st of June, the Eclipse prayer could be performed.
As performing the Eclipse prayer in congregation is an emphasized Sunnah, the ACJU Hilaal Division urges the Masjid Trustees and Ulama to make arrangements to conduct this Prayer in congregation, while abiding by the related guidelines, limitations on the number of persons permitted and social distancing measures according to the instructions issued by the Health Authorities.
Ash Shaikh M. Abdul Wahhab
Coordinator – ACJU Hilaal Division
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama