10 facts about Sajdah

Sajdah Enhances Productivity


The Arabic word ‘Sajdah’, which is translated as ‘prostration’ comes from the root sa-ja-da which means ‘to throw oneself down’.


When you prostrate before Allah, you literally throw yourself down.

Throwing oneself down is an amazing act of worship in Islam.

By throwing oneself down, a human being, in fact, elevates his/her status! Subhanallaah!


Speaking about the significance and excellence of Sajdah, Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said:


“There is no one among my ummah whom I will not recognise on the Day of Resurrection.”


They said: “How will you recognise them, O Messenger of Allah, among the multitude of created beings?”


He said: “Do you not see that were one of you to enter an enclosure in which there was a jet black steed and a horse with a white forehead and legs, would you not recognise the latter from the former?”

They said: “Of course.”


He then said:

“Thus, my ummah on that day will surely have white faces (meaning, bright faces) because of prostrations, and white arms and feet because of ablution” .

(Ahmed, Tirmidhi)



Sajdah is performed on 3 occasions:


1)      During Salah: No salah is complete without performing two sajdahs in each prayer unit (rak’ah)

2)      During the recitation of specific verses in the Qur’an (Sajdah Tilaawah)

3)      The Sajdah of thanks-giving (Sajdah Shukr)



Sajdah enhances a Muslim’s productivity by leaps and bounds. Let’s see how it is.



  1. Sajdah brings oneself closer to Allah, the Lord of everything created:


“Prostrate yourself and become nigh (to your Lord)” (Surah al Alaq: 19)


“The nearest a slave can be to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so invoke (supplicate) Allah much in it” (Muslim, Abu Dawud, an-Nasa’i and others, Sahih al-Jami, 1175)

What more a man needs other than coming closer to his very Creator! What an intense feeling of being in hotline with Allah, the Lord of the worlds!



2. Sajdah liberates man from arrogance and despotism:


“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”. (Surah al Sajdah: 15)

Sajdah is a sign of a worshipper’s humility. It relieves a sajid (one who prostrates) from the pitfalls of arrogance and despotism.



3. Sajdah heralds glad tidings from the Lord of the Worlds:


“(Such believers are) the repentant, the worshippers, the praisers [of Allah], the travelers (for His cause), those who bow and prostrate [in prayer], those who enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong, and those who observe the limits [set by] Allah. And give good tidings to the believers.” (Surah Al Taubah: 112)



4. Sajdah frees man from worries, stress and grief:


“We certainly know that their statements sorely grieve you. When (you feel so) glorify your Lord with His praise and prostrate yourself before Him” (Surah al Hijr: 97-98)

Scientifically, it is proved that the earth discharges positive electromagnetic waves which are harmful to human body. When man keeps his forehead on the ground (not on the carpet), the earth discharges the positive electromagnetic waves thus freeing man from stress arising due to a hectic lifestyle.



5. Sajdah causes man to live in harmony with the universe:

“Have you not seen that all those who are in the heavens and all those who are in the earth prostrate themselves before Allah; and so do the sun and the moon, and the stars and the mountains, and the trees, and the beasts, and so do many human beings…” (Surah al Hajj: 18)

In other words, we can say that the one who refuses to throw himself down to Allah actually causes pollution to his self and society, causing imbalance in the environment.



6. Sajdah cultivates gratefulness, a character so important in the life of a Muslim:

Whenever a Muslim is blessed with any new blessing, he is commanded to perform the sajdah shukr – the prostration of thanksgiving. By being grateful, you acknowledge the greatness of the Creator! (See fatwa: here)


7. Sajdah motivates man to obey and fulfill the command of Allah:

“Prostrate yourself and become nigh (to your Lord)” (Surah al Alaq: 19)

When one performs Sajdah, he in reality carries out the command of his Lord!



8. Sajdah causes agony to the greatest enemy of man, the Satan:


“It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah said: When, the son of Adam recites the Ayat of Sajdah (prostration) and then falls down in prostration, the Satan goes into seclusion and weeps and says: Woe unto me, the son of Adam was commanded to prostrate, and he prostrated and Paradise is his and I was commanded to prostrate, but I refused and Hell is my lot.” (Sahih Muslim)



9. Sajdah develops righteousness and Allah-consciousness:


“And those who spend [part of] the night to their Lord prostrating and standing [in prayer” (Surah al Furqan: 64)

“Their sides forsake their beds, and they call upon their Lord in fear and hope…” (Surah al Sajdah: 16)


It speaks of a sajid’s Allah-consciousness and true righteousness when he prostrates and stands in prayers during the night when everyone is asleep!



10. Sajdah rejuvenates one’s body and mind, giving a Muslim the advantage of medical fitness:


“Sajdah is a unique position as this is the only position in which brain (or head) becomes lower than the heart and hence for the first time the blood gushes towards the brain with full force whereas in all other positions (even when lying) brain is above the heart when it has to work against gravity to send blood to the brain.


In the position of Sajdah due to the increased blood supply the brain receive more nourishment and it has good effect upon memory, vision, hearing, concentration, psyche and all other cognitive abilities. People who offer their prayers regularly have more will power and can cope with the difficulties of life in a much better manner. They have less incidences of headaches, psychological problems and other defects of cognitive function.” (Refer Article by Dr. Muhammad Karim Beebani here)

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