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The Prescribed Prayer: Chapter Two (cont.)


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SUJUUDUT TILAAWAH (THE PROSTRATION OF RECITATION)

It is Sunnah that whoever recites a verse of prostration or hears it being recited from Al-Quran, must then say Allahu Akbar and prostrate one Sajdah and raise up with Allahu Akbar. This is called Sujuudut Tilaawah, and there is no Tashahhud or Tasleem in it. In Hadeeth by Ibn Umar: the Prophet (s.'a.s.) used to recite to us Al-Quran. When he passed by Sajdah he said Allahu Akbar and prostrated and we prostrated with him.

As for the merit of this sajdah, Abu-Hurairah reported that the Prophet said:

"When Ibn Adam recites a sajdah verse and prostrates Satan retires with a cry saying: 'O disaster for me, he is commanded to prostrate and he prostrated, to him is a Paradise; and I was commanded to prostrate and I disobeyed. To me is Hell'."

While in Sujuud one may say:
Sajada wajhee lilladhee My face prostrated to the One Who
khalaqahuu wa sawwarahuu wa created it and fashioned it and made
shaqqa sam 'ahu bihaulihee wa its ears and eyes with His strength
quwwatihee and power.

Or one may say:
Allaahumma ihtut 'anne bihaa O Allah erase from me by it a sin and
wijra waktub lee bihaa ajraa grant me by it a reward and make it
waj'alhaa lee 'endaka dhukhra for me a reward and recompense, and
wa taqabbalhaa minee kamaa accept it from me as you accepted it
taqabbaltahaa min 'abdika from Your servant Dawuud.
Dawuud.

SPOTS OF SUJUUD:

There are fifteen spots of Sujuud in the Quran:
  1. Those who are near to thy Lord disdain not to do Him worship, they celebrate His praise, and bow down before Him. (7:206)
  2. Whatever beings there are in the heaven and the earth do prostrate themselves to Allah (acknowledging subjection), with good-will or in spite of themselves. So do their shadows in the morning and evening. (13:15)
  3. And to Allah doth obeisance all that is in the heavens and on earth, whether moving (living) creatures or the angels: for none are arrogant (before their Lord). (16:49)
  4. Say: Whether ye believe in it or not, it is true that those who were given knowledge before hand, when it is recited to them, fall down on their faces in humble prostration. (17:107)
  5. ... whenever the signs of Allah most Gracious were rehearsed to them they would fall down in prostrate adoration and in tears. (19:58)
  6. Seest thou not that to Allah bow down in worship all things that are in the heavens and on earth... (22:18)
  7. O ye who believe bow down, prostrate yourselves, and adore your Lord; and do good that ye may prosper (22:77)
  8. When it is said to them adore ye (Allah) most Gracious they say, "and what is (Allah) Most Gracious? Shall we adore that which thou commandest us?" And it increases their flight (from the truth). (25:60)
  9. "(Kept them away from the Path), that they should not worship Allah, who brings to light what is hidden in the heavens and the earth, and knows what ye hide and what ye reveal." (27:25)
  10. Only those believe in our Signs, who, when they are recited to them, fall down in adoration, and celebrate the praises of their Lord, nor are they (ever) puffed up with pride. (32:15)
  11. ... And David gathered that we had tried him: he asked forgiveness of his Lord, fell down, bowing (in prostration) and turned (to Allah in repentance). (38:24)
  12. Among His Signs are the night and the day, and the Sun and the Moon. Adore not the sun and the moon, but Adore Allah, who creates them if it is Him ye wish to serve. (41:37)
  13. But fall down in prostration to Allah, and adore (him). (53:62)
  14. And when the Quran is read to them, they fall not prostrate (84:21)
  15. Nay heed him not but bow down in adoration, and bring thyself the closer (to Allah). (96:19)
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