Partial Lunar Eclipse

Last July 17 there was a partial lunar eclipse.

The news was spreaded through WhatsApp Group and I made it viral at home.

"Boys, there will be a partial lunar eclipse on July 17," I told my sons.

"What is a partial lunar eclipse, Mom?" asked Mr. Professor.

"It is when a lunar eclipse happens but not all part of moon's surface is dark."

It was said that only 65% of moon's surface would be under Earth's shadow.

Anyway, a lunar eclipse is when the moon is behind the Earth's shadow so that light from Sun can't reach the moon.

My mom said there should be a lunar eclipse salah.

And our local masjid announced that there would be one after fajr prayer on July 17. Alhamdulillah.

"When will the eclipse come?" asked Mr. Professor.

"The eclipse will begin at around 1 a.m and will end at around 6 a.m," I answered.

"While its peak will be at about 4.30 a.m. It is fajr salah time here."

I was very eager to do the eclipse salah, but unfortunately my period came so I couldn't do that.

I encouraged my sons to do eclipse prayer at masjid. I needed to be sure they experience the special salah.

Eclipse salah itself is a two-rakaah salah with four rukuks and four sujuds.

A muslim performs the salah like this:

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Lunar eclipse salah. Solar eclipse as well.

Then the day really came.

I woke my sons up at 3.30 a.m. It was hard. I tried several times to make them get up and do tahajud salah.

"Do tahajud salah first even it's only two rakaahs," I said.

After a quick salah (you know how kids do salah), we went out to watch the eclipse.

I took several pictures but none of them are great.

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Partial lunar eclipse. The best I could get.

We talked quietly for some time about the eclipse, sent the picture to family Whats App Group and got back to sleep.

"I will wake you up on adhan time, insha Allah," I said to them.

Mr. Inventor back to sleep, Mr. Professor continued discussing things.

I was tired actually but I couldn't let Mr. Professor alone.

Fajr time came and my sons went to masjid to do fajr salah with their father.

Mr. Professor came home very quickly.

"Have you done eclipse salah?" I wonder.

"No," he answered.

"Why not??" I asked.

"I just don't want to."

Oh my God. Subhanallah.

Not again, you Mr. Stubborn!

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