Did you see the partial solar eclipse on Sunday?

By Eudore R.Chand

ABU DHABI 21 June 2020: The UAE and the Arab region will today witness a partial solar eclipse for around three hours while Sudan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Oman will witness an annular eclipse.

The eclipse is projected to start just after 8 am.

Mohammed Shawkat Awda, Representative of the Abu Dhabi-based International Astronomical Center, earlier pointed out that an annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is located between the Earth and the Sun, and its apparent diameter is slightly smaller than the apparent diameter of the Sun, said Wam.

Shawkat stated that the centre will conduct a live broadcast of the eclipse in Abu Dhabi from 8:00 to 11:00 UAE time, and can be followed on the centre’s social media channels.

The centre is warning people against looking directly into the sun during the eclipse without using special sunglasses with special filters.

Perform eclipse prayer at home

The General Authority of Islamic Affairs & Endowments has urged Muslims to perform the eclipse prayer at home in compliance with the preventive and precautionary measures taken in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The solar- and lunar- eclipse prayer is an emphasised sunnah,(supererogatory act of worship following the manner of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him). It is obligatory for every mukallaf (sane mature person),” said the Authority in a statement today, explaining that the prayer begins and ends with the eclipse, namely when the sun is at a spear’s height above the horizon and continues until noon.

“Man can perform it at home or wherever he is singly or accompanied by his family; women can likewise perform it at home singly,” said the Authority, affirming that it’s not permissible under the current circumstances to congregate and perform the prayer collectively in jama’ah at home, mosques or workplaces or anywhere else.

“Muslims are strongly advised to perform their prayers and acts of worship in a way that doesn’t pose a threat to the safety or health of themselves or others,” added the statement.



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