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The prostration of recital

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Answered by Shaykh Sohail Hanif, SunniPath Academy Teacher

1) What is the correct way to perform the prostration of recital?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Wa alaykum al-salam

Ibn `Umar (Allah be pleased with him) reports that, “The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) used to recite the Qur’an to us, and if he passed by a [verse of] prostration he would make takbir and prostrate, and we would prostrate with him.” (Related by Abu Dawud)

In the Hanafi school, the prostration of recital is necessary (wajib) for the verses of prostration (which are 14), and must be made up if missed. It is recommended to perform immediately, and somewhat disliked to delay without excuse.

1. The only thing obligatory in the prostration of recital (sajda al-tilawa) is the prostration itself.

2. It is a confirmed sunna to say the takbir (Allahu akbar) when descending into the prostration, and also when rising from it.

3. To stand both before the prostration and after it is recommended.

4. When in prostration one should repeat the tasbihs[f: saying Subhana Rabbi al-A`la] of prostration if in the prayer, or [this and] any of the supplications tansmitted in the sunna for the prostration of recital [if outside the prayer]. [`Ala al-Din Abidin, Gifts of Guidance, 134].

5. One does not raise one’s hands with the first takbir, and there are no salams or turning of the head after the prostration. [ibid.]

2) after the prostration of recital is one required to continue recital of the qur’an beginning with ta’awuz

There is no need to repeat the ta`awwudh [=to sayA`udhu billahi minash-shaytanir rajeem] after the prostration, because no worldly interruption took place.

Allah knows best.

Sohail Hanif.

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