Religious Tradition Has a Lot to Say About Solar Eclipses

On Monday, when the first cross-country eclipse in 99 years swoops across America, believers of all faiths will have their first chance in decades to put their particular religion's eclipse traditions into practice.

For Muslims, it's an opportunity to revisit a section of their scriptures that describes an eclipse occurring on the same day that the prophet Muhammad's young son died, Imam Asif Umar said. During that eclipse, Muhammad gathered the community to pray; ever since, Muslims around the world recite the same prayer whenever they find themselves in the path of an eclipse.

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