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Sajdah Tilâwah (Prostration of Recitation)

    There are fourteen places in the Qur’ân wherein one commonly finds the word “sajdah” written on the margin. Upon reciting one of these verses, or hearing it recited, it becomes wâjib (compulsory) to perform a single sajdah. One should stand and say Allâhu akbar without raising the hands and then perform a single sajdah. After that, one says Allâhu akbar again and stands or goes into the sitting position. This completes the sajdah tilâwah.  If one is in prayer and recites one of these verses, one must perform the single sajdah right away. [BZ]

    The companions narrate that, “the Prophet ( ) used to recite Qur’ân to us and when he came to the sajdah, he would say Allâhu akbar and perform the prostration, and we would do along with him.” [M-1031, from Abu Dawud]


Sajdah ash-Shukr
(Prostration of Thankfulness)

    To perform a prostration on receipt of good news is sunnah according to some scholars, like Imâm Shâfi’i. However, Imâm Abu Hanîfah and Imâm Mâlik hold it to be makrűh (reprehensible). [Al-Hadis, v.3. p.498]


Prayers During Rajab and Sha’bân and the Nights of ‘Eid

    Imâm Ghazzâli mentions in his book, al-Ihyâ, the performance of certain nafl prayers in the month of Rajab.

    Also, he mentions extra prayer during the night of the fifteenth of Sha’bân, about which other scholars have also indicated its desireability. However, one should stay away from actions which are innovations during these special nights and stick to that which is from the sunnah. The Prophet ( ) said:

“When the middle night of the month of Sha’bân arrives, then stand during it in prayer and fast during its day (ie. the fifteenth). For truly, Allâh descends (figuratively speaking) in this night at Maghrib time to the lowest heaven and says, ‘Is there anyone seeking forgiveness that I may forgive him? Is there anyone seeking provision that I may provide him? Is there any sinful one that I may forgive him,’ and so on until the beginning of Fajr.” [Ibn Majah] Various other similar narrations can be found describing the virtues of this night.

    Several narrations also indicate the virtue of staying awake in worship on the nights before ‘Eid. For example,

    “Whoever stands (in prayer) on the nights of the two ‘Eids, with self-examination, his heart will not be dead on the Day when the hearts will die.” [Ibn Majah, Tabarâni]


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