Salaatul Ayaat can also be offered in the following manner:
After making niyyat to offer Salaatul Ayat, a person is allowed to say takbir and recite Surah al-Hamd and then divide the verses of the other Surah into five parts, and recite one verse or more or less and thereafter perform the Ruku’. He should then stand up and recite another part of the Surah (without reciting Surah al-Hamd) and then perform another Ruku’. He should repeat this action, and finish that Surah before performing the fifth Ruku’. For example, he may say: Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim with the niyyat of reciting Surah al-Ikhlas, and perform the Ruku’. He should then stand up and say, Qul huwallahu Ahad, and perform another Ruku’. He should then stand up and say, Allahus Samad, and perform the third Ruku’. Thereafter he should stand up again and say, Lam yalid walam yulad, and perform the fourth Ruku’. Then he should stand up again and say, Walam yakun lahu Kufuwan ahad, and then perform two Sajdah and then rise for the second Rak’at, the same way as the first Rak’at. At the end, he should recite tashahhud and Salam after the two Sajdah.
The total lunar eclipse of 21st February 2008 will insha’ allah be visible all over Europe.
The penumbral eclipse will begin at 00:35 GMT (Wed night/Thu morning) and end at 06:17GMT.
The partial (visible) eclipse part will begin at 01:43 GMT and end just under 3½ hours later at 05:09 GMT. The total eclipse part lasts for over ½ an hour; it begins at 03:00GMT and ends at 03:51GMT, with the moment of greatest eclipse at 03:26GMT.
The time for Namaz-e-Ayat begins with the beginning of the visible eclipse which is at 01.43 GMT. Since it is recommended that the Namaz not be delayed until the reversal of eclipse, see ruling below, it would be prudent to recite Namaz-e-Ayat between 01.43 GMT (or moon rise if later) and 03.26 GMT.
Mumineen are also reminded that since the Eclipse all over Europe is total, Namaz-e-Ayat has to be performed in Qadha if you were to learn of the eclipse after the event.
The total eclipse should be a spectacular sight; although the Moon will be just within the Earth’s umbral shadow (the umbral magnitude is 1.111), it should be visibly coloured by the Earth’s atmosphere. Don’t miss it!