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A. General Information about the Total Lunar Eclipse; the night between April 14 & 15,
A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth in its orbital trajectory comes in between the sun and the moon. Thus, the sunlight does not reach the moon until the moon moves out of the shadow of the earth.
Timelines for the Lunar Eclipse, the night between April 14 and 15, 2014:-
Eastern Daylight Time
Partial umbral eclipse begins: 1:58 a.m.
Total eclipse begins: 3:07 a.m.
Greatest eclipse: 3:46 a.m.
Total eclipse ends: 4:25 a.m.
Partial eclipse ends: 5:33 a.m.
Central Daylight Time
Partial umbral eclipse begins: 12:58 a.m.
Total eclipse begins: 2:07 a.m.
Greatest eclipse: 2:46 a.m.
Total eclipse ends: 3:25 a.m.
Partial eclipse ends: 4:33 a.m.
Mountain Daylight Time
Partial umbral eclipse begins: 11:58 p.m. on April 14
Total eclipse begins: 1:07 a.m. on April 15
Greatest eclipse: 1:46 a.m.
Total eclipse ends: 2:25 a.m.
Partial eclipse ends: 3:33 a.m.
Pacific Daylight Time
Partial umbral eclipse begins: 10:58 p.m. on April 14
Total eclipse begins: 12:07 a.m. on April 15
Greatest eclipse: 12:46 a.m.
Total eclipse ends: 1:25 a.m.
Partial eclipse ends: 2:33 a.m.
B. The Muslim Ways
Islam acknowledges the movements of the celestial bodies and the cosmic effects; their positive and negative impressions (such as the changes that correspond to vegetation and climate etc.) that relate to the physical laws. However, it rejects any attributions promulgated for the purposes of taking Omens and ascribing them to deaths and lives.
Islam encourages supplicating to Allah to seek His benevolence at all times; including the times when an eclipse occurs.
Lunar Eclipse is called Khusuf and Solar Eclipse is termed Kasuf.
For both of the occasions, the Islamic Teaching is to offer a special congregational prayer and seek Protection of Allah from all sorts of difficulties and adversities.
The manners of the Eclipse Prayer (Salat ul Khusuf / Kasuf)
This prayer (Salat) is offered:-
1. In congregation;
2. Without the formal call of prayer (Azaan and Aqamat);
3. Strictly during the occurrence of the eclipse;
4. Followed by a sermon about good deeds in life.
This prayer (Salat) consists of:-
1. Two Rakaats;
2. At least Two Rakoohs are performed in each Rakaat;
1. Solar eclipse happened on the day of the demise of “Ibrahim” the son of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw). The Holy Prophet offered Salat ul Kasuf on that day with Three Rakoohs in each Rakaat.
2. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) used to recite Surah Al-Ankaboot and Surah Rome in his prayers; Chapters 29 and 30 of the Holy Quran, respectively.
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