Sujud at-Tilawah

In Ramadan, as many Muslims race to perform deeds, many try to read more of the Quran. Understandably, the instances of coming across unique verses become higher. Sujud at-tilawah (سجود التلاوة) is a sujud performed when you see the symbols below in the Quran.

The arrow pointing to the minaret shows the verse which the reader should prostrate when reading. (Image credit)

At the end or the aforementioned verse, Muslims will pause their reading momentarily, and prostrate to Allah. This act is called sujud at-tilawah.

So how is this sujud performed?

1. you start by either reciting Quran or listening to someone’s recitation, and then one of the verses of prostration is recited.

2. then make sure you have wudu, locate the direction of the qiblah and face it

3. either starting from a standing position, or from a sitting position, raise your hands and do a takibirat al-ihram (say “Allahu Akbar”) as you would when starting prayer.

4. make sujud and be sure that your prostration fulfills all the aforementioned conditions of a valid sujud

5. sit up after making your (single) sujud, and then do a taslimah (say “as salamu alaykum”) as you would when ending a prayer


And what should you read when prostating? Narrated by ‘Aisha R.A. that the Prophet ﷺ used to recite:

سَجَدَ وَجْهِي لِلَّذِي خَلَقَهُ، وَشَقَّ سَمْعَهُ وَبَصَرَهُ بِحَوْلِهِ وَقُوَّتِهِ، فَتَبَارَكَ اللَّهُ أَحْسَنُ الْخَالِقِينَ

“I have prostrated my face to the One Who created it, and brought forth its hearing and seeing by His Might and Power, blessed be Allah the Best of Creators.” (An-Naisaburi)


Further reading:

Sujud-at-Tilawah outside Salah (Islamweb)

Prostration of Quran Recitation (Sunnipath)

Sundays with Wani (Fingularity)


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