Dear Sisters and Brothers. ..... A total solar eclipse is scheduled to take place tomorrow, August 21st @ 1pm, where the moon will pass in front of the sun, casting a shadow across all of North America.
Although we Bostonians are not in the path of total eclipse, we will still be able to see parts of this event, which is why it's important for us to talk about it.
Firstly, looking directly at the sun at any time is dangerous and can cause serious damage to your sight. The safest way to look at a partially eclipsed sun is through solar filters, otherwise known as "eclipse glasses". If you don't own a pair, viewing options include watching the live stream on NASA: https://www.facebook.com/NASA/
Secondly, as Muslims, we understand and acknowledge that eclipses are a reminder of Allah's power and the end of times. This is a great opportunity for spiritual reflection and prayer. Our Prophet, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, used to stand for Salat-al-Kusuf (eclipse prayer) during this time. If one is unable to establish prayer, then engaging in dhikr (remembrance of God) is also strongly recommended. We hope that this short reminder can be of benefit to you. May Allah SWT forgive us, allow us to take heed of His signs, and have mercy upon us.
We will be praying Salat-al-Kusuf tomorrow at our masjid between 1-2pm. We urge you to come and bring your family. May Allah SWT forgive us, allow us to take heed of His signs, and have mercy upon us. Amiin.