- Hira Qureshi
PVS students travel to see the Solar Eclipse
Pleasant View School students went to see the Solar Eclipse at the Islamic Center of the Tennessee in Nashville, Tennessee on August 21 where students participated in the national viewing of the eclipse and prayed Salat al-Kasof.
About 70 students traveled to the Islamic Center to see the national spectacle. Students started the trip at PVS at 6 a.m. and stayed the day till 9 p.m.
All the students received "solar eclipse glasses" so they were able to really witness the eclipse at 100 percent totality.
"Solar Eclipse was like a life lesson," said Maryam Taysir, a senior at PVS. "The next time we are going to see it is in 2045, that's a long time from now. So by me standing there and watching the solar eclipse happen, I'm thinking about living in the moment and the future."
Students were joined by faculty members Imam Anwar Arafat, Principal Muhammed Malley, Samar Al-majaideh and Salah Al-deen. They also built model solar eclipses, pinhole boxes and solar cars.
"It was a very cool experience because everyone was there, everyone was experiencing something that happens like very rarely," said Ibtihal Malley, another senior at PVS. "And I think what was really cool about it was the fact that it wasn't just a scientific phenomenon, it wasn't just a scientific field trip but also a religious one."