PHILADELPHIA SHIA MOSQUE
LUNAR ECLIPSE January 20th. 2019
Peace be upon you.
There will be a total lunar eclipse which will be visible over the majority of North America beginning Sunday, January 20th, 2019 wherein Salat al-Ayaat is obligatory (wajib). For more details about the lunar eclipse and the time it will occur in your respective area, please click here. For those areas where a partial eclipse will be visible (when the earth shadow covers only a part of the moon) please refer to the map for your location, as Salat al-Ayaat is also obligatory (wajib).
During a solar or lunar eclipse, it is obligatory (wajib) to perform a special prayer called Salat al-Ayaat. The prayer becomes wajib even if the moon or the sun are partially eclipsed, and even if they do not engender any fear.
The time of Salat al-Ayaat sets in as the eclipse starts and remains until the eclipse is over. It is better, however, not to delay the prayer until the reversal of eclipse commences, although it may be possible that the completion of Salat al-Ayaat may coincide with the time of reversal.
Note, that Salat al-Ayaat is not required upon a woman who is in her menses (haydh) or postpartum bleeding (nifas), nor would she be required to make-up the prayer (qadha).
How to perform the prayer of "al-Ayaat", a two unit (Rakah) prayer with five Ruku in each unit:
1. Make the intention (Niyyah) of offering the prayers as (Salat al-Ayaat).
*Please note that a person is allowed to say Takbir and recite Surat al-Fatiha and then divide the verses of another Surah into five parts, and recite one verse or more or less, and thereafter perform the Ruku. One should then stand up and recite another part of the Surah (without reciting Surat al-Fatiha) and then perform another Ruku. This should be repeated and the Surah must be finished before performing the fifth Ruku. For more details see the Islamic Law Book by clicking here.
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