Saturday, December 10, 2011

It's Eclipse!!!! Let's Perform Solat Kusuf.

Alhamdulillah ... a blessed morning. The sun rises, the birds chirping, the fishes swim happily. The tortoise approaches the edge of the pond as I pass by it. That's 'sunnatullah'. The lifecycle that has been designed and created by the Greatest Creator, One and ONLY - ALLAH SWT.

Only yesterday, last night before going to bed, I was busy searching for a place to spend the weekend as I felt that I need a break from the 'laborious' week. This morning, during a tazkirah, I found an answer to where I want to be. I'll make a date with a very special and dearly, the One who bestowed me with this wonderful life. A date with ALLAH SWT. This is also going to be an act of love for his Messenger, Muhammad SAW. By performing what Muhammad SAW did, it shows how we loved him, Bai Nana Lau Kana. Tonight I plan to take the kids to the surau, to together perform the solat kusuf, a solat especially done during eclipse.

A hadith says:

Bukhari :: Book 2 :: Volume 18 :: Hadith 150
Narrated Abu Bakra:
We were with Allah's Apostle when the sun eclipsed. Allah's Apostle stood up dragging his cloak till he entered the Mosque. He led us in a two-Rakat prayer till the sun (eclipse) had cleared. Then the Prophet (p.b.u.h) said, "The sun and the moon do not eclipse because of someone's death. So whenever you see these eclipses pray and invoke (Allah) till the eclipse is over."
How ignorant I was, when I don't even know that eclipse is going to happen tonight!!!! All work and No play makes me a dull girl!!!

The solat is slightly different from our ordinary solat. It is a 2 rakaat prayer but with 4 recitation of alFatihah and 4 ruku' and i'tidal. It steps are as follows:

  1. Niat.
  2. Takbiratul ihram
  3. Iftitah + AlFatihah + Surah (a long one is better - Rasullallah used to recite alBaqarah)
  4. Ruku' + tasbih (the amount is as if reciting 100 verses from alQuran)
  5. Rise for another alFatihah + Surah
  6. Ruku'
  7. I'tidal
  8. Sujud
  9. Finish the 1st rakaat. Repeat the above steps for the second rakaat (with a shorter surah)
Rasulallah used to recite alBaqarah, anNisa, alImran and alMaidah for this solat. We may do a shorter version, but longer that we normally perform. This kusuf solat can be done in jamaah or alone but is best to do it in jamaah. It's a practice that Rasullah urged us to, therefore, as a sign of love, let's do it TONIGHT and every time the eclipse occur.


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