On Friday 20th March 2015, Assunnah school children participated in the very rare total solar eclipse.
Being a very rare event, we are grateful that the children, staff and members of the public were able to observe this unique occurrence.
During the eclipse, the children from early years to years 6, teachers and members of the public prayed Salat Al-Kusoof (The Eclipse Prayer). The salaah lasted 25 minutes after which there was a Khutbah, followed by remembering Allaah and making dua.
Masha Allaah, the children were patient and really found the experience both unique and inspiring. A key message that children learned and experienced is that
- Solar and lunar eclipses are reminders of the Day of Judgment, when the sun, moon, and stars will all lose their light. [When the sight is dazed, and the moon is buried in darkness, and the sun and moon are joined together: Man will say on that day, ‘Where is the refuge?’] (Al-Qiyamah 75: 7-10)
- Being a reminder of the Last Day, the eclipse is a time for Prayer, charitable acts, and generally remembering Allah and seeking His forgiveness.
- To believe that heavenly bodies (sun, moon, planets, stars) have power over events. [And among His Signs are the night and the day, the sun and the moon. Prostrate neither to the sun nor to the moon, but prostrate to Allah who created them, if it is truly Him you worship.] (Fussilat 41: 37)