You may have noticed that this morning on social media and a vast array of news sites that something extraordinary happened to the moon last night. That’s right, in case you’ve been neglecting the internet you will have almost certainly heard about the super blood wolf moon.
A blood moon is when the moon turns a coppery blood red color, creating an eerie and somewhat ominous site. With this rare event taking place on the same night as a super moon (where a moon appears bigger than usual) AND as a wolf moon (the January full moon), we thought we would take a look at what the significance of this event means in the world of Islam.
The Islamic calendar is dictated by the lunar cycle with major events marked by eclipses, such as when Muhammed’s son died, the moon has always played a significant part in our religion. The prophet Muhammad said that “The sun and the moon are two of the signs of Allah. They do not eclipse because of the death or life of someone. So, when you see the call upon Allah and pay and give in charity.” It is also said to be a reminder of what will happen on the Day of Judgement when “the moon will be eclipsed, and the sun and moon will be joined together.”
In recent times superstitions about solar and lunar eclipses have subsided, however, whatever the beliefs held it has become traditional and customary for Muslim worshippers to say special prayers during a lunar or solar eclipse. This is to remind us that Allah alone has power over the heavens and the earth with the prayers consisting of two rakats (cycles), each involving two bowings and prostrations.
Here, at Ummahsonic, we always like to hear what you’re up to so let us know if you saw the blood moon last night, whether you prayed during the celestial event and do tag us in photos if you got some particularly epic shots.