The Lunar Eclipse Is Coming Early 2019! Here's How You Can Perform Salat Al-Khusuf.

By Amina Fukeerbucus | 03, Dec, 2018
The Lunar Eclipse Is Coming Early 2019! Here's How You Can Perform Salat Al-Khusuf.

According to the narrations of the Prophet(peace and blessings be upon him), eclipses are regarded as signs from Allah . One should perform a special prayer which is called Salat Al-Khusuf during one.

Salat Al-Khusuf is a Sunnah, confirmed  by the majority of scholars. During the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) when an eclipse happens, he would rush to the Mosque and lead the prayer.

Being a sign from Allah, the eclipse should be a strong reminder for all Muslims to ask for forgiveness as well as engage in doing good deeds.

In one of the Ahadeeth Al Saheehayn, the Prophet (peace and Blessings be upon him) said: "Call on Allah and pray until the eclipse is over."

The emphasis that the Prophet (peace and Blessings be upon him) puts on praying during the time of an eclipse reminds us that it is something that we shouldn't take for granted.

To perform the Salat Al-Khusuf, there are certain things that you should take note of. Let's dive into to it.

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1. Timing

First of all, Salat Al-Khusuf cannot be prayed at any random times. It is a special prayer which is only performed when there is an eclipse occurring and its duration depends on the eclipse.

Our beloved Prophet (peace and Blessings be upon him) said: "If you see anything of that, then pray until it is over."

Considering the mentioned Hadith, Salat Al-Khusuf is only valid when there is an eclipse and one cannot perform it once the eclipse is over.

2. Steps

Just like any special Salah, Salat al Khusuf has got its own set of requirements and is prayed quite differently from our daily prayers. Here are the steps you can follow to perform the salah:

  1. Pray 2 Rakaah's and recite Qur'an aloud.
  2. Surah Al Fatiha and a long Surah must be recited in the first Rakaah. (E.g Surah Baqarah)
  3. Proceed to a Rukooh.
  4. Right after, you should raise your head and say "Samia Allaahu liman hamidah, Rabbanaa wa lakal-hamd (Allah listens to the one who praises Him; our Lord to You be praise), after standing straight
  5. Surah Fatiha is then recited along with another Surah that's shorter than the first one but equal to the length of Surah Al Imran.
  6. The Rukooh is then performed again, shorter than the first one.
  7. When you raise your head, you should say "Samia Allaahu liman hamidah, Rabbanaa wa lakal-hamd hamdan katheeran tayyiban mubaarakan fih, mal al-samawaati wa mal al-ard wa mal ma shita min shayin bad" (Allah listens to the one who praises Him; our Master to You be praise, much good and blessed praise, filling heaven and earth and whatever You will besides that).
  8. Proceed to do two Sujoods. It is sunnah for them to be lengthy.
  9. The second Rakaah is then prayed just like the first one, with two lengthy Rukoohs and Sujoods.
  10. Salaah is then ended with Tashahhud and Salaam.
  11. If it happens that the prayer has ended before the eclipse, then you should engage into Dhikr and make Du'a until the eclipse is over.
  12. If the eclipse ends before the prayer, then the Imam should quickly complete the prayer and not cut it off abruptly.


3. Sunnah from the Prophet

Prophet Muhammad (peace and Blessings be upon him) is the greatest role model that we could ever have. Even back in the days, he had already set examples that were followed by thousands and millions of people all over the globe.

Among his Sunnah were guidelines of what is expected to be done after Salat Al-Khusoof. It is of his Sunnah to pray the Salat al Khusoof in the congregation. However, it can also be prayed individually.

At the end of the Salah, it is also Sunnah to make a Khutbah and warn people against negligence and urge them to ask for forgiveness.

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