Two hour solar eclipse seen in Pakistan

Published: January 4, 2011
A file photo of an earlier solar eclipse. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of an earlier solar eclipse. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE / KARACHI: A partial solar eclipse was observed in Pakistan and other parts of the world on Tuesday.

According to the Meteorological department, the partial solar eclipse was seen in Europe, North Africa, Central Asia and Pakistan.

The solar eclipse began at 11:40 am and continued forĀ four hours and 20 minutes.

Updated from print edition (below)

Solar Eclipse: City to witness a two-hour eclipse

The city of Lahore will witness a solar eclipse on Tuesday (today) at around 11:45am. The eclipse will last for about two hours.

Lahore Regional Meteorological Centre director Mahr Sahibzada Khan said there were chances of a cloudy sky today which would make it difficult to watch the eclipse.

He said solar radiation during eclipse could be harmful and people should not watch it with the naked eye. He said there would be two more eclipse in 2011.

Religious scholars observed that the eclipses had a spiritual value for Muslims. Raghib Naeemi of Jamia Naeemia said praying during the eclipses was optional (nafal).

He observed that most city mosques usually do not organise a congregation.

Naeemi said the Prophet (p.b.u.h) had led a prayer during the eclipse and called the eclipse a sign from God. He said the prophet had led the prayer to warn the people not to associate superstitions with eclipses.

Khalid Zaheer, another religious scholar, said the eclipse was a sign of God and that the practice of special prayers during eclipses had faded out.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes in between the sun and the earth, casting its shadow on the sun.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 4th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • asrar ahmad qadri
    Jan 4, 2011 - 1:42PM

    thanx 4 ur kind information, some elder,z said for pregnent women,z shuld take special care , i wanna now what,s the secreat or philosophy behind this especial event, mey kindly if any 1 having knowledge plz contribute.further more what sort of astrological impact on country or on any indevedual.Recommend

  • Nusrat
    Jan 4, 2011 - 2:22PM

    It’s an old wives tale which doesn’t have any scientific or religious authentication. The Holy Prophet offered prayer during the solar eclipse, because his infant son, Hazrat Ibrahim (RA) died the same day and just to prove to the people that it has got nothing to do with the solar eclipse, he came out and offered prayers and told the people that the eclipse is a just sign from Allah and has got no direct implications on his son’s death.Recommend

  • Umayr Masud
    Jan 4, 2011 - 3:13PM

    The eclipse started in islamabad around 2.05 pm and its 3.13 pm and its still happening. Recommend

  • Naveed Ahmed
    Jan 4, 2011 - 3:20PM

    I got my eyes dazed when i saw it with naked eye in lahore.. beware you all!Recommend

  • Saad Abbasi
    Jan 4, 2011 - 4:25PM

    The very last sentence at the article is wrong in my opinion:

    “A solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes in between the sun and the earth, casting its shadow on the sun.”

    The light is originating from sun so the shadow can not be cast “on” the sun. Rather what happens is that during a solar eclipse, the moon comes in between the sun and earth and casts its shadow on earth, not on the sun.

    Saad Abbasi
    Karachi PakistanRecommend

  • Usman
    Jan 4, 2011 - 4:55PM

    There is nothing in science to suggest that the solar eclipse effects pregnant women or anything. But then spiritually, there are myths attached to this theory, and as such women are usually advised not to handle knives and stuff that moment…


  • Tariq J KHAN QADRI
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:27PM

    The science still in dark to find out the connection between solar eclipse and pregnancy;
    but my observation and clinical records shows that somehow its have a connection .
    May be that connection have some kind of radiation effect .
    with some example , old chines method says if you wake up early in the morning and stand in front of sun rising you have the some special power but for that its has to done in early 20 minutes; after that its a regular sun rays coming out .
    Now come to the Islamic prayer timing there is no Sajjda allowed during that time.
    by medical science if you were sleeping during the sun rising your body will be tired or you feel the laziness all day long so its have some connection between birth and solar eclipse .
    medical record shows that in the 1964 DEC to 1965 July have the birth defect record more then other years and mostly defects are lips cutting why is that ? no one knows why still in dark.
    Allah tabarak wa taala he created every thing for some purpose and he knows better may be this mystery solve one day and we will know insha Allah….. AAAMEEEEEN Recommend

  • asif ali shah
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:41PM

    this is a misery that solar or lunar eclipses are connected to the pregnancy because it has been observed as during eclipse a women cut vegetable and on birth she had a son with four fingers of right hand cut. Recommend

  • Phoenix Song Hawk
    Jan 4, 2011 - 8:01PM

    It is amazing what a person believe’s, old tales my friends, old tales…..jRecommend

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