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Salah during a Lunar Eclipse

Question

Is there any narration in which it is mentioned whether Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) performed this Salah during a lunar eclipse in congregation or not ?

The narration below mentions that the Holy Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) performed this Salah

 عَنْ أَبِي بَكْرَةَ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ، أَنَّهُ صَلَّى فِي كُسُوفِ الشَّمْسِ وَالْقَمَرِ رَكْعَتَيْنِ مِثْلَ صَلَاتِكُمْ

 

Answer

The narration you have cited does state that Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) did offer two rak’ats of salah during a lunar eclipse.

However, this narration makes no mention of it being in congregation.

See more such narrations in Subulul Huda war rashad, vol.8 pg.335.

 

‘Allamah Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullah) states that there is no report which states that this salah (during a lunar eclipse) was performed in congregation (jama’ah).

A similar statement has been quoted from Imam Malik (rahimahullah).

However, some Seerah books do mention this salah being in congregation in the fifth year of Hijrah. Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) could not locate its chain though.

(See Fathul Bari, Hadith:1063, Tuhfatul Qari, Hadith: 1063, Badhlul Quwwah, pg.525 & Subulul Huda war rashad, vol.8 pg.335)

 

Translation

Sayyiduna Abu Bakrah (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) offered two rak’ats during a solar and lunar eclipse…

 

Note 1: My answer pertains to the lunar eclipse Salah not being in congregation. The solar eclipse Salah was indeed offered in congregation and is authentically proven.

Note 2: The above is merely an answer to your query. For a ruling of fiqh, kindly refer to a reliable Mufti/DarulIfta.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar