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Prostration of Recitation Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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 “Nowadays, many people are extremely negligent in their performance of sajdah-at-tilāwah (prostration of recitation – the necessary prostration after reading or listening to particular verses of the Qur’ān). People tend to leave the prostration for later and more often than not forget.
If this is the case, we should immediately calculate how many we have missed and begin performing them. In future, we should aim to perform them immediately, provided it is not a makrūh time. There are two reasons for this:

1. The āyāt (verses) after which these sujūd become incumbent are such that it is better that they be performed immediately, as in some of the verses the Greatness of Allāh ta’ala is mentioned, in some Allāh ta’ala rebukes those who disbelieve and do not prostrate to Him, and in some Allāh ta’ala mentions the prophets alayhis salam, the angels and other creations who prostrate to Allāh ta’ala.

It is mentioned in a ḥadīth narrated by Imām Muslim rahmatullahi alayh that when the son of Ādam recites a verse in which he is commanded to prostrate and thereafter he prostrates, Shayṭān goes away from him weeping and saying, “Destruction to me! The son of Ādam was ordered to prostrate and he prostrated, so for him is Jannah; and I was ordered to prostrate and I did not, so I am destined for Jahannam.”

2. If they are performed immediately there will remain no chance of becoming negligent and forgetting them.”


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