Wednesday 22nd July, 2009 mankind will witness the longest total solar eclipse that will occur in the twenty-first century.
What is Solar Eclipse?
An eclipse of the sun occurs when the moon revolving in its orbit around the earth comes between the sun and the earth. The moon blocks the light of the sun and a shadow of the moon is cast over the earth’s surface.
The sun’s diameter is 400 times larger than that of the moon, and at the same time, it is 400 times as far away. From where we are, this creates the illusion that they are the same size. If we look through a filter at the sun, it looks exactly like the moon on a full moon night. When the moon passes in front of the sun, the shadow falls on the earth and it appears to exactly cover the sun’s disc. This is what a solar eclipse is – a shadow.
During a solar eclipse, the moon actually casts two shadows towards earth. One shadow shaped like a cone is called the umbra, which becomes narrower as it reaches the earth. No direct sunlight penetrates into this path. This area that is covered by the umbra is called ‘the path of totality’. If you are positioned in this area than you can see a complete blocking of the sun and view a total solar eclipse. Total eclipse is observable only within a narrow strip of land or sea over which the umbra passes.
The second shadow is called the penumbra which spreads out as it reaches the earth. It is the outer cone of partial shadow which diverges instead of shrinking. The penumbra is spread over a large area. People viewing the eclipse from this area of the earth’s surface will see only a partial blocking of the sun.
The solar eclipse that will take place on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 will be a total eclipse of the Sun.
There are a lot of superstitions attached with eclipses that are not true. An eclipse in itself is quite harmless. However, solar eclipse only occurs at New Moon. This is usually the time when black magicians and their like practice new sorcery whatever the aim may be. They believe new moon is the time when evil gathers and they call upon it to aid them in their work. Solar eclipse is when evil reaches its optimum level according to practitioners of dark deeds.
Performing any kind of magic, black or white, is strictly forbidden in Islam. It is one the Major Sins in Islam*.
I don’t know much about the kind of magic practiced during this time, but I have heard from a lot of people about its ‘significance’. This is specially an important event for the Hindus. (You may visit the link, but it doesn’t make too much sense to me. I guess one has to first acquaint themselves with their terminology.)
The point here is not to ponder over the kind of wrong deeds practiced at this time but how to save ourselves from evil of all sorts. It is highly recommended that one does a lot of adhkaar, especially on that day (one should make a habit of it everyday).
Recite Al-Qur’an Al-Hakeem as much as possible. It is highly recommended to recite Surah Nuh. After reading its translation one would understand its importance in this regard.
The world is filled with evil-doers. So it will be. Our shield is our Deen. May Allah protect all Muslims (i mean Muslims) from all evil, ameen!
*For Further Reference About Major Sins In Islam, Please Read The Book ‘The Book Of Major Sins’ by Imam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
TAX RETURNS VS DUAL NATIONALITY
The SC bench headed by CJ has recently disqualified 11 lawmakers under Article 62 and Article 63 of the Constitution. The ECP has also annulled the assembly membership of the disqualified lawmakers in accordance with the SCâ€™s judgment. The bench said that the lawmakers were being disqualified under Article 62 and Article 63 of the Constitution. The court moreover directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to initiate proceedings against the said lawmakers who it said had committed perjury with respect to their oaths. The court also ordered the government to withdraw the amount spent on the salaries and perks on the disqualified lawmakers from them and deposit the amount in the national treasury. In his ruling CJ said in his ruling that they could no longer be consideredâ€˜sadiqâ€™ and â€˜n
Though I do not belong to a legal fertinity but it is very simple to understand that filing a false statement is a sign of dishonesty and may ultimately lead to disqualification of lawmakers. Now, it is a matter of fact that most of the lawmakers have also filed false tax returns incurring a heavy loss to government treasury. If the same principle applies on tax returns, the scrutiny of tax returns of our law makers will reveal eye-opening results. I as law abiding citizen would like to invite the freelance lawyers, who use to file cases on and off, on national issues and public interest, should come forward and save the nation from dishonest and sagacious persons.
We all are duty bound to safe the interest of the nation. In our country many development projects and many basic needs are dependent on tax collection but unfortunately nobody pays the actual tax. They do pay meager amount as a token responsibility. Now time has come to bring honest leadership and parliament should play its due role and act as role model by first following the rules and then demand the nation to sacrifice. Itâ€™s also the responsibility of SC to take suo motto action and install a full power Commission to investigate this matter before the next elections so that nation could select honest persons to build a better and bright Pakistan.
A Concerned Citizen
hey! this First Solar Eclipse of Twenty First Century,
where it seen ? i mean plz tell me which part of the world in 2009
First of all i mentioned new moon. not full moon. both have significance for black magicians but in different respects. solar eclipse being supremely important because it is a combination of new moon as well as sun in its strongest element…
if there are hindus around u, u would have noticed that they worship the sun as well along with there other hundreds of gods. every morning they prostrate to the rising sun. hmmm…even the yoga moves have some dark significance attached to it.
‘May Allah protect all Muslims (i mean Muslims) from all evil, ameen!’ there are many ‘Muslims’ who practise black magic. they call themselves Muslims but it is well-known whoever practises magic falls out of the pale of Islam.
During the full moon a magicians powers are enhanced. That is why they wait until the full moon.
You said, “May Allah SWT protect Muslims” and in brackets you wrote (I mean Muslims). Are you stressing that Allah SWT should only protect Muslims or am I missing something here?