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Is Eclipse Salah Read after Noticing it or Regardless?

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Answered by: Maulana Muqtaur Rahman


Do we offer the lunar eclipse salat after/ if we notice it? Or do we offer the salat regardless of seeing it due to the calculated prediction?

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


It has been narrated by Abu Bakra that, in the lifetime of the Prophet (pbuh) the sun eclipsed and then he offered a two rakaat prayer.[1]

In terms of your query, let us take the tradition of our Prophet (pbuh) into account where he mentions:

“The sun and moon are two signs of Allah, and they do not become eclipsed over the death or birth of anyone. So, if you see that (the eclipse) then pray until it (the eclipse) is over.”[2]

Therefore, we understand that the timeframe for the eclipse prayer begins as soon as the eclipse becomes visible until it concludes. So, the prayer is based on visibility and not on the calculations of its occurrence.

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Muqtaur Rahman

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham


[1] Sahih Bukhari 1062

[2] Sunan Nasa’I 1463

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