The Arabic word ‘Sajdah’ comes from the root sa-ja-da. This means to ‘to throw oneself down’. When you prostrate, you literally throw yourself down before Allah (swt), which is one of the noblest forms of worship in Islam. Physically a person is on all fours, but spiritually he is elevated by his Lord.
The Prophet (sa) stated to the Sahabahs: “There is no one among my Ummah whom I will not recognize on the Day of Resurrection.”
They asked: “How will you recognize them, O Messenger of Allah, among the multitude of created beings?”
The Prophet (sa) replied: “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 recognize the latter from the former?”
The Sahabah (sa) replied: “Of course.”
The Prophet (sa) continued: “Thus, my Ummah that day will surely have white faces (meaning bright faces) because of prostrations, and white arms and feet because of ablution.” (Ahmad and Tirmidhi)
When do we perform Sajdah?
Sajdah is performed on three occasions:
- During Salah. No Salah is complete without performing two Sajdahhs in each Rakat (prayer unit).
- During the recitation of specific verses in the Quran (Sajdah Tilawaah).
- The Sajdah of thanks giving (Sajdah Shukr).