July 20, 2009
According to Wikipedia : a solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth so that the Sun is fully or partially covered. This can only happen during a new moon, when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction as seen from the Earth. At least two and up to five solar eclipses can occur each year on Earth, with between zero and two of them being total eclipses. Total solar eclipses are nevertheless rare at any location because during each eclipse totality exists only along a narrow corridor in the relatively tiny area of the Moon's umbra.
Well, as I heard this morning while driving to school, tomorrow- 22 July 2009 some Asia countries will be able to see a natural phenomenon: a solar eclipse. Subhanallah, all praise be to Him, the Almighty who is controlling every single thing in this world and things up there.
For us Muslims, we are encouraged to observe 'solat sunat gerhana', and better in congregation at the mosque as normally there will be a 'khutbah' recitation. It is highly encouraged to observe these two 'ibadah' as it is 'sunat muakkad'.
I believe this is a sign from millions signs of God's creation. Through this kind of natural phenomenon, we could evaluate our own belief towards His power in controlling all worldly things, it is just the right time to measure the deepness of our 'tauhid rububiyyah'. Are we always with Him? Have we thanked Him for everything we got in this world?
So...I am telling myself and inviting all out there, come let us be thankful to Him and instill a 100% belief to His power in our heart. Everything is possible when He says 'Kun'!