Meanings of verses of Sajda Tilawat/Ayah of Prostration in Quran.

Sajda tilawat

Sajdah in quran,Meanings of verses of Sajda Tilawat

Do you know What is Sajda Tilawat? What are we supposed to do when we come across Sajda Tilawat in Quran? How do we Identify the Sajda tilawat and what do these Verses of Prostration translate to ? Let us read here.

What is Sajda Tilawat ?

Wherever the word “sajdah” appears on the margin of the Qur’an, then on reciting that verse, sajdah becomes wajib. This sajdah is known as sajdah tilawat.

How many Sajdah in Quran?

There are fourteen verses of the Quran whose recital calls for a prostration. Most copies of the Quran mark fifteen verses as calling for prostrations.

Two of these fifteen are in Sura al-Hajj, and the Shafis hold both of these verses to call for a prostration. Abu Dawud and Hakim both relate that our master the CompanionAmr b. al-As (Allah be pleased with him) said that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) taught him to prostrate at fifteen places in the Quran, two of them in Sura al-Hajj. al-Khatib al-Shirbini classes this hadith as well-authenticated (hasan) in his Mughni al-Muhtaj.

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  1. Surah Al A’Raf (7) Ayat 206
  2. Surah Al Ra’d (13) Ayat 15
  3. Surah Al Nahl (16) Ayat 50
  4. Surah Bani Israil (17) Ayat 109
  5. Surah Maryum (19) Ayat 58
  6. Surah Al Haj (22) Ayat 18
  7. Surah Al Haj (22) Ayat 77 (Shafi)
  8. Surah Al Farqan (25) Ayat 60
  9. Surah Al Naml (27) Ayat 26
  10. Surah As Sajdah (32) Ayat 15
  11. Surah Sa’d (38) Ayat 24 (Hanafi)
  12. Surah Hamim Sajdah (41) Ayat 38
  13. Surah Al Najam (53) Ayat 62
  14. Surah Inshiqaq (84) Ayat 21
  15. Surah Al Alaq (96) Ayat 19

Why do Sajda when reading Ayah of Prostration in Quran?

Abu Huraira reported that the Prophet Muhammad SAW said:

When a person while reciting the Quran reaches the point of Sajdah in the surah and he does a sajdah then the Shaitaan cries and separates himself from that person and wails” O Disaster! When he was commanded to do Sajdah, he performed sajdah, thus for him, there are the gardens of Jannah. When I was commanded to do sajdah I did not do sajdah, and for me, there is the Fire.” (Sahih Muslim)

How to Identify Sajda in Quran?

In most copies of the Qur’an these are indicated by the symbol ۩ , with an over-line on the word/s that invoked the prostration.


How to do Sajda tilawat?

The method of making sajdah tilawat is as follows: the person should say Allahu Akbar and go into sqjdah. When saying Allahu Akbar the hands should not be raised. While in sajdah, he should say:

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Subhan e rabbil aala : Glory be to my Lord, the Exalted.

At least three times. Then, he should say Allahu Akbar and raise his head. The sajdah tilawat is  complete.

It is preferable to stand up, say Allahu Akbar and go into sajdah, to say Allahu Akbar and stand up from the sajdah. It is also permissible to go into sajdah and come up from it while in the sitting position.

  • A person who is about to make the prostration of recitation is to pro­nounce the takb’ir (Allahu Akbar ), but is not to raise his hands.
  • No tashahhud is to be recited nor is there a salutation

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Who should recite Sajda Tilawat?

  • According to Ahnaf, Sajdah tilawat becomes wajib on the person who recites a verse of sajdah and also on the person who hears it being recited, irrespective of whether the person had sat down to listen to the Qur’an, was preoccupied with some work, or heard it without intending to listen to it. It is therefore better to recite the verse of sajdah softly so that sajdah tilawat does not become wajib on anyone else.•
  • While sitting down. a person recited a verse of sajdah.. He then stood up but did not move from that place of sitting. i.e. he stood on the same spot where he had been sitting. He then repeated that same verse he will only have to make one sajdah tilawat.
  • He recited a verse of sajdah at one place, got up and went to do some work, came back and sat at that same spot and recited that same verse again. He will have to make two sajdahs.
  • While sitting in one place he recited a verse of sajdah. On completing the recitation of the verse, he remained sitting in that place and started doing some other work.
  • For example. he started eating, or a woman started sewing or feeding her child. Then he ( or she) recited that same verse of sajdah again. Two sajdahs will have to be made because when a person engages in any other task. it will be regarded as if the place has changed.
  • Each prostration that becomes wajib  during salat, if it is not made during salat, is not to be made by way of qada’ outside prayer
  • If the persons praying hear it ( the occasion of sajdah) during prayer from a person who is not praying with them, they are not to make the prostration during prayer.

If one is not with wudu and listen to ayat e sajda then what to do?

It is better if you make wudhu and perform sajdah, otherwise it is mustahab to recite سمعنا واطعنا غفرانک ربنا والیک المصیر and perform sajdah later when feel easy:

في التتارخانیۃ: یستحب للتالي أو السامع إذا لم یمکنہ السجود أن یقول: سمعنا وأطعنا غفرانک ربنا وإلیک المصیر (الشامي 2:583)

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best (reference)

Doing 15 Sajdah Tilaawahs as per Uthmani Mushaf- Is it allowed?

 The Uthmani print was marked according to all four legal schools, without any specifications. It would have been better if the differences were outlined. A Hanafi should not perform the second sajdah of Surah Al-Hajj in salah, doing so necessitates sajda sahw.(Fatwa Mufti Majaul)

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The meaning of the 14 Verses of Sajdah in Quran/Ayah of Prostration in Quran

Following are the translation of the 15 verses of Prostration.If you need the Arabic-english version,mail us at I haven’t included the Arabic verses here as You need to prostrate after reading each verses and that would have caused difficulties to many.

1 . Indeed, those who are near your Lord are not prevented by arrogance from His worship, and they exalt Him, and to Him they prostrate. [al-A’raf, 7:206]

2. And to Allah prostrates whoever is within the heavens and the earth, willingly or by compulsion, and their shadows [as well] in the mornings and the afternoons. [ar-Ra’d, 13:15]

3. They fear their Lord above them, and they do what they are commanded. [An-Nahl, 16:50]

4. And they fall upon their faces weeping, and the Qur’an increases them in humble submission. [Bani Israel, 17:109]

5. Those were the ones upon whom Allah bestowed favor from among the prophets of the descendants of Adam and of those We carried [in the ship] with Noah, and of the descendants of Abraham and Israel, and of those whom We guided and chose. When the verses of the Most Merciful were recited to them, they fell in prostration and weeping. [Maryam, 19:58]

6. Do you not see that to Allah prostrates whoever is in the heavens and whoever is on the earth and the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the trees, the moving creatures and many of the people? But upon many the punishment has been justified. And he whom Allah humiliates – for him there is no bestower of honor. Indeed, Allah does what He wills. [al-Hajj, 22:17]

7. And when it is said to them, “Prostrate to the Most Merciful,” they say, “And what is the Most Merciful?Should we prostrate to that which you order us?” And it increases them in aversion. [al-Furqan, 25:60]

8. Allah – there is no deity except Him, Lord of the Great Throne. [27:26]

9. Only those believe in Our verses who, when they are reminded by them, fall down in prostration and exalt [ Allah ] with praise of their Lord, and they are not arrogant. [as-Sajdah, 32:15]

10. [David] said, “He has certainly wronged you in demanding your ewe [in addition] to his ewes. And indeed, many associates oppress one another, except for those who believe and do righteous deeds – and few are they.” And David became certain that We had tried him, and he asked forgiveness of his Lord and fell down bowing [in prostration] and turned in repentance [to Allah ]. [Sad, 38:24]

11. But if they are arrogant – then those who are near your Lord exalt Him by night and by day, and they do not become weary. [Fussilat, 41:38]

12. So prostrate to Allah and worship [Him]. [an-Najm, 53:62]

13. And when the Qur’an is recited to them, they do not prostrate [to Allah ]? [al Inshiqaq, 84:21]

14. No! Do not obey him. But prostrate and draw near [to Allah ]. [96:19]

15. O you who have believed, bow and prostrate and worship your Lord and do good – that you may succeed.{22:77}

May Allah Accept our Sajdas and make us among those who bow in complete submission to him.

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    In no.12 Surah Hamim Sajdah (41) Ayat 38,
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