The prophet SAW used to select a specific dua, as reported when he used to offer the prostration of recitation and it is called Sajda tilawat dua.
Sajood Al tilaawah also known as a prostration of recitation is when a Muslim offers when he’s reciting the Quran and he passes by a position where there is a requirement of prostrating.
There are 15 places of prostrations in the Quran. So what did the Prophet SAW say whenever he passed by such place?
Dua Sujood Al Tilawaawh In Arabic
سَجَدَ وَجْهِيَ لِلَّذِي خَلَقَهُ، وَشَقَّ سَمْعَهُ وَبَصَرَهُ، بِحَوْلِهِ وَقُوَّتِهِ، فَتَبَارَكَ اللهُ أَحسَنُ الْخَالِقِينَ
Sajada wajhiya lillathee khalaqahu, wa shaqqa sam’ahu wa basarahu bihawlihi wa quwwatihi. Fatabaarakallaahu ‘ahsanul-khaaliqeen.
Sajda Tilawat Dua In English
I have prostrated my face to the One Who created it, and gave it hearing and sight by His might and His power. Glory is to Allah, the Best of creators.
What is Tilaawah?
Tilaawah is the term the Qur’an uses to describe the act of reading. No single word in English can convey its full meaning.
To follow is closest to its primary meanings. To read is only secondary.
Hence, primarily, tilaawah means ‘to move closely behind, to go forward, to go in pursuit, to take as a guide, a model, to accept its authority, to understand, and to follow the train of thought’.
It means ‘reading the Qur’an, following its guidance and understanding it’.
Tilaawah, then, is an act by which your whole person, eyes, tongue, mind, soul, heart, and your entire body participates.
This manner of reading the Qur’an (tilaawah) can be achieved by observing the rules of tajweed.
The term tajweed is derived from the Arabic root jawwada, which means ‘to make well, to improve, or make good’.
Hence, tajweed carries two distinct meanings. Correct and good pronunciation in recitation, A mode of recitation of medium speed.
It is not essential to have wudu for sujood al tilaawah, and there is no salaam or takbeer when coming up from it, according to the more correct of the two scholarly opinions.
It is prescribed to say takbeer (Allahu Akbar) when prostrating, because evidence to that effect is proven in the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him).
But if the sajda tilaawah is done during prayer, then it is obligatory to say Allahu Akbar when going down and when coming up, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to do that in every movement of the prayer, and he said:
“Pray as you have seen me praying.” Bukhari and Muslim
The same dhikr and dua are prescribed in sujood al-tilaawah as in the prostration during prayer, because of the general meaning of the ahaadeeth concerning that.
Sujood al-tilaawah, whether during prayer or outside of it, is Sunnah, not obligatory, because evidence to that effect was narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), in the hadeeth of Zayd ibn Thaabit and in the hadeeth of ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him).
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