Solar eclipse is not a bad omen: imams

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MUSLIMS were told to refrain from believing in superstitions that go against the teachings of Islam regarding solar eclipses.

During a special sermon for the nationwide prayer to mark yesterday morning’s partial solar eclipse in the sultanate, imams said there are number of people who believe the occurrence of the solar eclipse was foreboding.

“For example, believing the solar eclipse is an omen signalling disaster or war. Such predictions aren’t true and aren’t in accordance with the teachings of Islam,” they said.

Imams told congregants to make use of the phenomena and remind themselves of the strength of the Almighty.

“He is the one who made the day that is illuminated by the sun and He is the one who made the night that is illuminated by the moon and adorned by the stars,” they said.

The main focus of yesterday's nationwide prayer was at Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque in Kg Kiarong and was led by Pehin Khatib Haji Suhaili Haji Metali Al-Hafiz with the sermon delivered by Haji Haris Haji Subuh, the Acting Senior Religious Officer of the mosque. Present to perform the prayer was Minister of Religious Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awg Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awg Othman. Also in attendance was the Deputy Minister, Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Mokti Haji Mohd Daud and the Permanent Secretary, Dato Seri Setia Haji Abdul Aziz Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Mohd Yusof, along with senior government officers and staff.

The Brunei Times