What Are the Spiritual Realities of Lunar and Solar Eclipses?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question

Beyond being a mere spectacle, what are the spiritual realities of lunar and solar eclipses?

Answer

I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah.

These are two great signs of Allah Most High’s Wisdom, Power, and the marvel of His Creation.

When signs are manifest, Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) teach us to turn to Allah Most High in reflection, prayer, and by being humbled by remembrance. [Tahtawi/Shurunbulali, Hashiyat Maraqi al-Falah; others]

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) taught us specifically how to turn to Allah for the solar and lunar eclipse through prayer.

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And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.