When learning about prayer (salat), we often hear about “sajda,” also known as “sujud” or prostration in English. But what is sujoud, and how does it work? Is it only used during prayer? In this article, we will explore these questions, Insha Allah.
A prostration is an obligatory act during salat, but it is also performed in other circumstances, which we will discuss with Allah’s permission. When completed, it is done in a curved position, supported by the ground on seven points: the forehead, nose, hands, knees, and toes. All seven members must touch the ground. The worshipper also says “subhana rabbi al ala” three times while remaining in this position.
Soujoud, or prostration, is integral to the Islamic prayer ritual. It is a physical act of submission and humility towards Allah, the Almighty. Quranic verses and Ahadith emphasize the significance of prostration and its spiritual benefits. However, many Muslims struggle to maintain focus during the Soujoud and find their minds wandering, leading to distractions and loss of concentration. This article will discuss the Soujoud, its significance, and ways to avoid distraction during prayer.
The Significance of Soujoud in the Quran
Allah, the Almighty, mentions prostration in numerous Quranic verses, such as:
“Then prostrate yourselves and worship your Lord.” [Al-Hijr, 15:98]
“Say, “O believers, bow and prostrate and worship your Lord and do good that you may succeed.” [Al-Hajj, 22:77]
Prostration is not just a physical act but an expression of submission and humility towards Allah, the Almighty. It is a way to acknowledge His greatness, power, and mercy. Moreover, it is a means of purifying the soul and increasing faith. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “The closest a servant can be to his Lord is when he is in prostration.” [Muslim]
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Distraction during Soujoud
Soujoud is a moment of complete submission to Allah, the Almighty, and an opportunity to connect with Him on a deeper level. However, many Muslims struggle with distractions during prayer. Our minds are often filled with daily concerns and worries that can prevent us from focusing on prayer. In addition, the environment can also be a source of distraction, such as noise, discomfort, or discomfort in clothing.
Tips to avoid distraction during Soujoud
- Prepare mentally: Before starting the prayer, take a few moments to clear your mind of any distractions. Remember that you are standing before Allah, the Almighty, and seek His guidance and assistance in focusing during prayer.
- Choose a quiet and comfortable environment: Find a quiet and comfortable place to perform the prayer. Choose clothing that is comfortable and non-restrictive to avoid any discomfort.
- Recite Quranic verses during prayer: Reciting Quranic verses during prayer can help focus the mind and prevent distractions. You can recite the verses you have memorized or read them from a book.
- Reflect on the meaning of the verses: Reflect on the meaning of the verses that you recite during prayer. It will help you connect with Allah, the Almighty, and increase your understanding and appreciation of the Quran.
- Avoid multitasking: During prayer, such as checking your phone or thinking about other tasks. Give your full attention to the prayer and make it a priority.
What is the Sajda of Thanksgiving?
One recommended reason for prostration is gratitude (sajda chukr in front of Allah). This type of prostration does not require being in a state of purity and does not require veiling for women.
What is the Sajda of Sahwu or forgetfulness?
There are also two “sujud sahwu” performed at the end of salat or before/after the greetings to rectify mistakes made due to distraction during prayer. These prostrations are done for three reasons:
- Omission in the prayer: Delaying the Takbir of sacralization, a pillar, invalidates the salat, whether the delay is deliberate or involuntary. The voluntary delay of other pillars (besides the 1st takbir) also invalidates the salat. If a worshipper forgets a pillar in the first unity of prayer (rak’a), and only realizes it after reaching the second rak’a, the first rak’a is annulled, and they must complete the forgotten pillar of the first rak’a.
- Doubt in the prayer: Doubt should not be considered in any of three cases – a false impression suggested by the devil, chronic doubt that makes worship difficult, or doubt that arises after completing the worship without becoming a certainty.
- Sajda tilawa: Also known as “sajda of recitation,” this prostration is done during Quran reading after reciting a verse where the symbol of sajda is found. It is part of the Sunna and not mandatory, and it does not require being in a state of purity or veiling for women. There is no final greeting or Takbir when returning to the initial position, except during prayer.
In conclusion, sujoud, or prostration, is an integral part of prayer in Islam. It is done in a specific way, with the worshipper touching the ground with seven points of their body. In addition to prayer, different types of sujoud can be performed for various reasons, such as expressing gratitude or correcting mistakes made during prayer.
Soujoud is a significant part of the Islamic prayer ritual and an opportunity to connect with Allah, the Almighty, on a deeper level. However, distractions during prayer can prevent us from experiencing the spiritual benefits of Soujoud. By preparing mentally, choosing a quiet environment, reciting Quranic verses, reflecting on their meanings, and avoiding multitasking, we can maintain focus and prevent distractions during prayer. May Allah, the Almighty, guide us and help us strengthen our connection with Him through prayer.
It’s important to note that while sujoud is a religious practice, it can also have physical benefits. Prostrating can help improve blood flow to the brain and reduce stress levels.
Overall, sujoud is a fundamental aspect of Islamic worship and holds an essential place in the hearts and minds of Muslims worldwide.