Sahih Muslim Hadith - 445

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Narrated Aisha

There was an eclipse of the sun during the lifetime of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). So the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) went to the mosque, stood up and glorified Allah, and the people formed themselves in rows behind him. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) made a long recital (of the Qur'an), pronounced takbir and then observed a long ruku'. He then raised his head and said: Allah listens to him who praises Him: our Lord, praise is due to Thee. He then again stood up and made a long recital, which was less than the first recital. He pronounced takbir and observed a long ruku', which was less than the first one. He again said: Allah listens to him who praises Him; our Lord, praise is due to Thee. (AbuTahir, one of the narrators, made no mention of: "He then prostrated himself.") He did the same for the second rak'ah, until he had completed four rak'ahs and four prostrations, and the sun had become bright before he departed. He then stood up and addressed the people. After lauding Allah as He deserved, he said: The sun and the death of anyone or on his birth. So when you see them, hasten to prayer. He also said this: Observe prayer until Allah dispels the anxiety (of this extraordinary phenomenon) from you. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: I saw in my place everything which you have been promised. I even saw myself desiring to pluck a bunch (of grapes) from Paradise (and it was at the time) when you saw me moving forward. And I saw Hell and some of its parts crushing the others, when you saw me moving back; and I saw in it Ibn Luhayy and he was the person who made the she-camels loiter about. In the hadith transmitted by AbuTahir, the words are: "He hastened to prayer", and he made no mention of what follows.

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