Saturday, September 3, 2016

Solar Eclipse, in Mauritius: A Grand Sign


Like you witnessed yesterday (01 September 2016), a deep and partial annular Solar Eclipse was visible here in Mauritius, as well as the other nearby islands and countries like Rogrigues, Reunion, Madagascar, and Central Africa. The eclipse was also partially visible in parts of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean.

An annular eclipse occurs when the moon is farthest from the earth from its orbit. Thus, this makes the moon look smaller, and the outer ring of the sun’s fires or rays of light is seen. For yesterday’s eclipse, the sun disc was eclipsed up to nearly 90% (88.8%). In simpler words, it was noticeably dark here in Mauritius.

The start of the partial phase of the eclipse was seen 27 minutes after noon and reached its maximum at around 14.13pm. The last phase of the eclipse ended at 15.44pm. As for the maximum duration of annularity, it lasted for 3 minutes.

In our sister Island, that is, Reunion Island (the first island outside Mauritius where I went to propagate the teachings of the Promised Messiah (as)), mainly in Saint-Louis, at the Etang du Gol, dubbed as the Eclipse Village, the eclipse  was magnificently whole with a beautiful ring of fire from 14.09-14.11pm, that is, two minutes and 44 seconds of annularity. 

For the first time since 1901, that is, after 115 years, an eclipse of such a magnitude was witnessed from Mauritius by the Mauritians. This is the only deepest solar eclipse to be witnessed from Mauritius itself for the 21st century. The next eclipse of such magnitude shall manifest in the year 2200.

This is one of the mighty signs for this era, especially with the advent of this humble Messenger of Allah in this 21st century (CE) and 15th Century (AH), whereby Mauritius witnessed an eclipse of such a nature.

An eclipse is a natural phenomena which occurs from time to time, but Allah also uses such signs to distinguish light from darkness. If an eclipse bring darkness and worries, then Allah reminds His servants that whenever He wants He can exterminate the world and the people in it in a split second. Such occurences are a reminder that we need to follow the right path always and seek help and protection from Allah alone.

In this darkened era, Allah has raised His Messenger to guide you all to the right path. People need to recognise the Siraj’um-Munir (Light-Giving Lamp) and Qamaram-Munira (Light-Giving Moon) who has come to remove you from all kind of darknesses. May Allah enable you to do so and enrich your hearts which such clairvoyant light as to brighten your inner selves and make you come closer and closer to Allah through the humble advices and instructions of this humble self, such instructions which comes from Allah for your own welfare.

----Extracts from the Friday Sermon of 02 September 2016 ~(29 Dhul Qaddah 1437 AH), delivered by Khalifatullah Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Saheb (atba) of Mauritius.