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December 15, 2018 | Rabi` Al-Thani 7, 1440
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IslamiCity > Education > Islam & Science > Solar Eclipse



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As Muslims we believe what Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had said 1420 years ago:
"The sun and the moon do not eclipse because of the death or life (i.e. birth) of someone but they are two signs amongst the signs of Allah. When you see them offer the prayer."

Scientific research confirmes that:
"The eclipse is a natural phenomenon which should be regarded without alarm."

With regard to what they are actually doing, we have heard the following news:

Medically-approved glasses will be distributed to people so that they can enjoy these few moments.

One country has imported 50,000 pairs of special glasses to be used for watching the eclipse this coming Wednesday.

People will gather at specialized telescopes so that they will have the opportunity to see the eclipse through advanced scientific means.

In some countries people have been advised to stay in their houses and not to go out in the streets at all.

British Airways has organized two Concorde flights to observe the eclipse this coming Wednesday. The flights will depart from Heathrow airport and head west for half the distance, then they will come back, so that the two hundred passengers will be able to see the eclipse from an altitude of 58,000 feet, travelling at twice the speed of sound. All the tickets for both flights sold out within a short period of time.

Druids Pray, Tempers Fray As Eclipse Nears  (Reuters)
Tempers frayed and druids prayed Tuesday -- but still the storm clouds swirled around in the final countdown to the last solar eclipse before the millennium.

NASA Experts In Romania For Eclipse  (Reuters)
NASA experts have come to Romania for a longer glimpse of the last solar eclipse of the millennium, the head of the U.S. space agency said Tuesday.

British Royal Mint Puts Shine on Solar Eclipse in Gold & Silver  (PR Newswire)
Wednesday's total eclipse of the Sun is actually getting a shine of its own with special gold and silver Proof coins struck by the British Royal Mint for the Channel Island of Alderney.

Indian Villagers Face Solar Eclipse  (Associated Press)
A village priest sang Hindu hymns today to ward off evil from the millennium's last total solar eclipse, even as scientists flocked to western India where the black shadow of the moon will sweep the barren landscape.

Zoo Seeks Help Recording Animal Eclipse Behavior  (Reuters)
Frankfurt's Zoo has asked its visitors to become researchers by helping to record how its 5,000 animals react to the solar eclipse Wednesday.

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