Witnessing solar eclipse most humbling experience - Ustaz Mohamad

Last update: 26/12/2019

SERIAN, Dec 26  -- Having witnessed solar eclipse phenomenon three times and is about to witness the fourth one is most humbling yet enlightening experience for Sarawak Mufti Department’s Astronomy Division officer Ustaz Mohamad Mokarat.

Mohamad, 57, recalled the feeling of watching solar eclipse was simply indescribable as we could see the power and greatness of God.

“My first experience watching the solar eclipse was when I was in Kudat, Sabah in 1995. I still can remember how beautiful the scenery it was then and the extremely rare opportunity really humbled me.

“The second time was in 1998 in Bintulu,” he told Bernama when met at the location to observe the annular solar eclipse at Piazza Square here today.

Mohamad, who has been serving the department for more than 21 years, said his third experience was exceptional as he was witnessing total solar eclipse in Palembang, Indonesia.

“During the period (of solar eclipse), it was very dark and everything went quiet for a few minutes and we only heard the birds chirping away.

“It was then that I felt that Allah Almighty wants to show His greatness to mankind so that we will always remember Him as our Creator,” he said.

Meanwhile, the annular or partial solar eclipse phenomenon is expected to be witnessed today in Serian, about 60 kilometres from Kuching City.

Besides Serian, Tanjung Piai in Johor will also experience the partial solar eclipse phenomenon expected to occur between 10.30 am and 3.30 pm today.

The last such eclipse was visible in Malaysia was on Aug 22, 1998.