6. The Prophet’s Guidance for the Eclipse Prayer
**    When there was a solar eclipse Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) rushed anxiously to the mosque and performed two rak`ahs. In the first he recited al-Fatihah aloud, followed by a lengthy recitation of the Qur'an. Then he made a long ruku`.

Then he stood up from ruku`, saying,
“Sami`a Allahu liman hamidah. Rabbana wa lakal-hamd.” (Allah hears him who praises Him. And to You, our Lord, belongs all praise.)

He (Peace be upon him) continued standing and made another long recital, although shorter than the first. Then he made a second long ruku`, but shorter then the first.

He (Peace be upon him) rose again from ruku` and made a long sujood. He did the same for the second rak`ah. Thus, he made two rak`ahs bowing four times in ruku' and making four prostrations. Following the prayer he (Peace be upon him) delivered an eloquent sermon.

**    During an eclipse he (Peace be upon him) urged remembrance of Allah, performance of prayer, supplication, seeking forgiveness, giving charity and freeing slaves.