Penumbral Lunar Eclipse: Friday 5th June, 2020

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse: Friday 5th June, 2020

Dear Mumineen,

Salamun alaykum,  

A penumbral lunar eclipse will occur globally tomorrow, Friday 5th June, 2020. In the UK it will occur from 6:45pm – 10:04pm

During the penumbral lunar eclipse the Earth's main shadow does not cover the Moon. Unlike the Total or Partial lunar eclipse where the entire or part of the Moon becomes darkened and disappears, in a penumbral lunar eclipse part of the full moon becomes only a little bit fainter than the rest of the Moon. A very mild shadow spreads over part of the disc of the Moon. Thus, the Moon remains as bright as a full Moon as the rest of the Moon receives the same amount of sunlight as usual. Since this is a penumbral eclipse, it can be hard to see, as the Moon will only be a bit fainter. Because of this, it is often hard to differentiate between a normal full Moon and a penumbral eclipse of the Moon.

Therefore, is Salatul Ayat to be performed?

As per Marja Taqleed Ayatullah Al Udhama Seyyid Ali Seestani, Salatul Ayat does not become wajib (obligatory) in a penumbral lunar eclipse

Mumineen are informed that there is no obligation to recite Salatul Ayat in this instance.


With salams and duas,

Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo
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Wessex Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat