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Repeating Sajdah Verses in a Classroom

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Answered by: Shaykh Umer Khan


Students in one class read a sajdah ayah over and over again in the class. They read it in their spots and then in front of the teacher. Is one sajdah compulsory for tilawah and one for listening, or one for both? Also, would getting up from your spot to read to the teacher be considered changing the majlis?

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


The prostration of recitation (sajdah of tilāwah) only needs to be performed once if a verse is recited multiple times within one session (majlis). However, if a person changes the majlis and the verse is recited or heard again, another sajdah is required.

If a student is sitting in a spot in the class where the teacher is not clearly able to hear them, then the student would perform a single sajdah for all the repetitions and the teacher would not perform any sajdahs. Getting up and changing the position to be in front of the teacher would be considered a change in the majlis[1].  Therefore, when the student goes in front of the teacher and recites the same verse again, the student and the teacher would each perform sajdah. This would be the second sajdah for the student, and the first one for the teacher.

Only Allah knows best

Written by Shaykh Umer Khan

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham


[1] Al-Hidāyah 1/79

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