We often think especially in hard times and say “if only I could see Allah right now, all my problems will be over.” Well the bad news is you can’t see Him at that moment but the good news is you are closer to him than you can ever imagine.
Sajdah is an Arabic term used to refer to prostrations before the Almighty Allah usually in the direction of the Qibla (Holy Kaaba). We occasionally prostrate while in our daily obligatory prayers, in nawafil prayers and at certain verses while reciting the Quran. During such times a believer is expected to praise and glorify the name of Allah Azawajala.
Allah has said:
“And to Allah prostrates whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth of creatures, and the angels [as well], and they are not arrogant”
[Quran, 16: 49]
“So, exalt [Allah] with praise of your Lord and be of those who prostrate [to Him]”
[Quran, 15: 98]
This article is inspired by the fact that we are faced with trials and difficulty and hope we could travel the whole 7 heavens so that we can take our prayers to Allah Azawajala ourselves forgetting the fact that he is closer to us than our jugular veins each time we make Sajdah. Well, this article guides you through how you could not only be nearer to Allah but also how you could be focused when you are before Him.
Dr Tawfique Chowdhury defines 12 Simple Ways to prostrate fully with your body, mind and soul:
#1.Don’t lift your head off the floor until you get at least one Subhana Rabbiyal ‘Ala that comes from the heart, mind, tongue, and limbs
#2. Zoom out; picture yourself like there’s a camera over you that go up and up and up and help yourself with feeling and becoming small in front of Allah (AZAWAJALA)
#3. Ask for at least three permissible things you want in each Sajdah
#4. If Shaytan comes to you telling you that you’re showing off when you make a long sujood, make it even longer!
#5. Eliminate the thought of time from your mind
#6. Picture yourself making sujood in Makah, or imagine every single believer making sujood on the Last Day
#7.Realize that Allah the Almighty has a complete power and right to destroy you right then and there for the millions of times you’ve slipped, made mistakes, etc.
#8.Do sujood in different places as much as you can, as every piece of ground you’ve prostrated on will testify for you on the Day of Judgment
#9.If you can’t shed at least one tear in sujood or during prayer, then remember the Sunnah of Umar (RA) when he would pretend to cry if he couldn’t
#10.Imagine Rasululah ﷺ making sujood
#11.Do sujood al-shukr (the prostration of thankfulness). The Prophet (ﷺ), prostrated frequently in response to a calamity that was averted or a blessing that came to him. Revive this forgotten Sunnah in your daily life.
#12. I would like to conclude with this beautiful incident from the Seerah – Rabi’a bin Ka’b (RA), a companion of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), said: I was with Allah’s Messenger (SAW), one night and I brought him water and what he required. He said to me: “Ask [anything you like].” I said: “I ask your company in Paradise.” He said: “Anything else besides it?” I said: “That is all (that I require).” He said: “Then help me to achieve this for you by devoting yourself often to prostration.” [Muslim]
The importance and beauty of Sajdah can never be exhausted. It is no doubt one of the greatest things a Muslim can do because it is the one thing Shaytan wouldn’t do!