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  • Is Nafl Salah At The Time Of Solar Eclipse Considered Innovation?

    Posted by Abdullah AbdulRahman on October 24, 2022 at 11:51 am


    The prayer at the time of solar eclipse is nafl? If a group of people prays this in congregation, would it be called Bida, if not then on what principle?

    Umer replied 1 year, 7 months ago 3 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Is Nafl Salah At The Time Of Solar Eclipse Considered Innovation?

    Umer updated 1 year, 7 months ago 3 Members · 5 Replies
  • Ahsan

    Moderator October 25, 2022 at 1:52 am

    It will not be considered biddah. Please see:

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  • Umer

    Moderator October 25, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    When once in the time of the Prophet (sws), a solar eclipse occurred, he led the believers in offering two rakat. It is narrated that in this prayer, he recited the Quran loudly, did very long rukus and prostrations and while in the qiyam also celebrated the praises of the Lord, glorified Him and beseeched and implored Him. He even repeated the ruku and the qiyam more than once while waiting for the eclipse to disappear. Then after finishing the prayer remarked: “The sun and the moon are two signs of the Almighty. Solar and lunar eclipses do not occur because of the life or death of someone; in fact, the Almighty warns His people through such phenomena. So, when you see them, beseech the Almighty, celebrate his sovereignty, offer the prayer and spend in His way.”

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  • Abdullah AbdulRahman

    Member October 27, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    But on what principle. He didn’t started that prayer as his Sunnah, and if today one would say that everytime it’s flood let’s pray to God in congregation

  • Abdullah AbdulRahman

    Member October 27, 2022 at 2:07 pm

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    As we have discussed in detail in the above discussion, and the conclusion was that for a nafl thing, it will not be called bidah untill it’s limited to himself only. But when one starts to do it with some conditions and specifications from himself then it would be called bidah.

    So here accepting Rasool SAW as the only source of religion and also that all religion from him has reached us through Quran and Sunnah, this thing we get from a Hadith. So if the above mentioned principle is right then maintaining that principle how would you define this act of a nafl prayer in congregation with certain limits and conditions?

    • Umer

      Moderator October 28, 2022 at 11:57 pm

      Salah is a Sunnah instituted by the Prophet (sws) in its current form and reachd to us through ijma and tawatur. The nafl portion of Salah is not an independent Sunnah but a subset of the prinary Sunnah. So whenever Prophet (sws) offered any Nafl Salah we will pray it following that uswa of the Propeht (sws) and such uswa cannot reach to us through any means other than hadith.

      Nafl salah can be prayed both individually and in congregation to seek Allah’s help in any unusual circumstance and this can be witnessed in uswa of the Prophet (sws) where he offered such Salah in case of solar eclipse and Salah to ask for rain. This uswa is right in accordance with Quran where it has been said that in case of difficulty, help should be sought from the prayer and from perseverance (Quran 2:45). Therefore, following this principle, Muslims can offer any Salah in congregation whenever such an unusual circumstance like flood strikes them, there is no element of Biddat in that. Only objection that can be rasied here is when a group of Muslims starts making such Salah obligatory whenever such a circumstance arises.

      Another Nafl Salah category is where Prophet Muhammad (Sws) offered several other Nafl Salah (mostly individually) in accordance with Quran where it is said that he who does a virtue of his own will God will accept it and is fully aware of it (Quran 2:158). And hence Porphet (Sws) offered some nafl before farz salah, some after farz salah.

      Congregational Salah for 12th Rabiulawal is for that date only and for one particular incident only, therefore it cannot be perfomed under such conditions unless there is an explicit reference for that. Performing such a Salah at a congregational level would be equivalent to adding a new category of Salah with a very specific time and conditions, whose basis is not available in Quran and Sunnah.

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