Q. I am suffering from chronic pain in my neck, the aggravating factor of which is bowing or flexion of my neck beyond a certain degree. Because of this I am unable to perform my sajdah in salaat and so I bend only a little bit during sajdah and my forehead never touches the ground. If i do that pain starts in my neck. I have been praying with incomplete sajahs for the past 1 year because of my neck problem. I wanted to know if my salaat is valid? Am I doing something wrong? Doctors could not cure me.
A. In your situation, (once it is unbearable pain), you will be required to bend/ bow to the maximum extent that is possible, without experiencing the unbearable pain. When you do this, your Salaah will be valid even if you were not able to perform a complete and perfect Sajda. Due to your state, this amount will be sufficient for your Sajdah, and it will not be wrongdoing on your part.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Waseem Khan