Can an Eclipse Harm a Fetus?

21 June, 2020
Q As-salamu `alaikum. I would be grateful if you could answer this question of mine. I have heard that if a woman is pregnant, and at the time of eclipse, if she is not in the state of movement, then the fetus is born disabled. Could you, please, clarify this point for me mentioning the purpose of 'eclipses' and why do they take place?

Answer

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

1- Whether the child will be born disabled, there is nothing stated in the Islamic sources.

2- If there is any scientific reason for it, you should find it out from physicians in the field.

3- If there is any such connection, then it is only one of the causes appointed by Allah.free


In responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

An eclipse is a natural phenomenon that was created by Allah Almighty. It is a sign of Allah that has its own path determined for it.

Referring to this, Allah Almighty says, “It is not for the sun to overtake the moon, nor doth the night outstrip the day. They float each in an orbit” (Ya-Sin 36:40)

It is the duty of the Muslim to shun all forms of superstitions from his life and to avoid linking the existence of natural phenomena to certain physical calamities or disabilities that may happen to him.

The sun eclipsed during the lifetime of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) on the day when the Prophet’s son died. Upon this, the Messenger of Allah said the following: “Verily the sun and the moon are two signs among the signs of Allah. They do not eclipse on account of the death of anyone or on account of the birth of anyone. So when you see them (in a state of eclipse), supplicate Allah and observe the Prayer till it is over.” (Muslim)

Eclipses have scientific explanations which must be sought from the scientists. As far as our religious beliefs about them are concerned, the Prophet taught us that the sun and moon are signs of Allah, and their motions and paths are all determined by Allah; they follow the course decreed by Allah.

Science, therefore, only confirms what Islam teaches us in such matters. Islam is deadly opposed to holding superstitious beliefs in such matters.

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Coming to the issue of whether the child will be born disabled there is nothing stated in the Islamic sources, but if there is any scientific reason for it, you should find it out from physicians in the field. If there is any such connection, then it is only one of the causes appointed by Allah; ultimately Allah is the final cause and the power behind all phenomena in the universe.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.