Salatul Khusoof (Eclipse Prayer) – Monday 21st August 2017

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Solar Eclipse on Monday 21st August 2017

Due to the extensive cloud cover it is extremely unlikely that the solar eclipse will be visible by the naked eye in Luton & surrounding areas.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (rahimullah) said:

It should also be noted that it is not prescribed for the people who live in a country where the eclipse is not happening to offer the prayer, because the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) connected the command to pray etc to actual sighting of the eclipse, not to news from astronomers that an eclipse was going to happen, or to its happening in another country.

Kitaab Majmoo’ Fataawa 13/30

If the eclipse is visible the Luton Islamic Centre will hold a congregational prayer in line with the Prophetic sunnah at approximately 7:30pm until 8:10pm

All brothers & sisters are recommended to attend.

Issues related to Salaatul Kusoof:

It is recommended (mustahabb) to perform a ghusl (ritual bath) for salaatul Kusoof, by its resemblance to salaatul Jum’ah.
If a person waits until after the eclipse is over, then they should not pray salaatul Kusoof, based upon the hadith: “If you see it, pray until it has cleared”.[3]

If people are praying Kusoof and it clears during their salaat, then they should continue praying until they are finished the salaat.
The sunna is to lengthen the recitation during salaatul Kusoof based upon the hadith of Ibn Abbaas; “The sun eclipsed and the Prophet (SAWS) prayed while the people prayed with him, and he stood a long time for an extent that was something like sura al-Baqara”.[4]

It is permissible to pray a shorter length. According to Imam an-Nawawi, the minimum recitation for salaatul Kusoof is to recite sura al-Faatiha during each recitation.[5]

After the salaat, it is sunna for the imam to deliver a khutba, in the same manner as the khutbatul Jum’ah as was done by the Prophet (SAWS). This is based upon the hadith of Aisha; “Although the Prophet finished the salat (Kusoof), he delivered a khutba wherein he thanked Allah and praised Him’.[6]

It is recommened to give sadaqa after salaatul Kusoof, based upon the hadith; “and if you see that (The Eclipse), pray and give sadaqa”[7].
It is permissible to pray salaatul Kusoof individually. However, if possible, it is better to do it with an Imam in the Masjid as was practiced by the Prophet (SAWS).


[3]Collected by Muslim in the narration of Jaabir.
[4] Collected by Bukhaari and Muslim.
[5] Kitaab al-Maj’moo,  vol. 5, p. 53.
[6] Collected by Bukhaari and Muslim.

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