The Solutions For Your Problems Are In Sujood

Sujood is the highest degree of obedience and servitude because man places on the ground the loftiest part of his body, i.e. his forehead, and expresses humility and impotence in the presence of the Omnipotent Authority.

“When a person prostrates, seven parts of his body prostrate: his face, his two palms, his two knees and his two feet.” [Sahih Muslim]

Without doubt the most intense component of salat is sajdah (sujood). No other position expresses worship and obedience as powerful as bowing all the way down with your face on the floor. Nearly every sense is involved in worship from your sight, smell, touch and hearing.

“O you who believe! Bow down, prostrate yourselves, and adore your Lord; and do good, that you may prosper.” (Surah Hajj, verse 77)

Sujood is the best way to attain nearness to Allah and makes man harmonious with all of Allah’s creations because all creatures in heaven and on earth ranging from the stars to the plants prostrate and are humble before Allah azawajala:
“To Allah prostrates whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth ,” and “And the herb and the tree prostrate {to Allah}.”

Sujood is the most sublime station for the noblest men and women of the world. Allah commanded His Prophet ﷺ to prostrate, and that was not only during daytime but also during the night:
“And worship Him for a watch of the night and glorify Him the night long.”

Nightly prostrations are among the signs of the righteous servants of Allah: “The servants of the
All-beneficent are… those who spend the night with their Lord, prostrating and standing {in worship}.”

Allah says in the Qur’an:

“Their mark is on their faces from the trace of prostration” ( 48:29 )

Most people assume that the “mark” refers to the physical mark on one’s forehead that sometimes appears when one prostrates much. However, commenting on this verse, Mujahid stated that the “marks” refer to the marks of humility that come from khushoo’ (devotion), and this is just in the dunya (world). In the Hereafter, Al-Jalalayn described it as a radiating light by which such people will be recognized. The Prophet ﷺ

“My ummah on that day will surely have bright faces because of sujood, and bright arms and feet because of ablution.” (Ahmad)

The Sujood is so important that Satan hates us for it. It has been narrated that when the son of Adam recites the verse of Sajdah (prostration) and then falls down in prostration, Satan goes into seclusion and weeps and says:

“Woe unto me, the son of Adam is commanded to prostrate, and he prostrated and Paradise is entitled to him, and I was commanded to prostrate, but I refused and am doomed to Hell.” (Muslim)

The best blessing is the peace of mind, which a person derives from fulfilling his duties to Allah.

May Allah grant us humility to do sujood with sincerity and earn the rewards and closeness to Him that comes with this beautiful act of worship!


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