Prostration due to recitationIt is the prostration that the person reciting (or listening to) the Qur’an observes when he comes across a verse in which there is a prostration.
Proof for the permissibility of prostration due to recitation is what was authentically reported from Ibn Umar , who said: “The Prophet used to read to us Surahs in which there are prostrations, then he would prostrate and we (used to join him in prostration) too.” [ Source: Al-Bukhari.]
The prostration can also be done when a reciter passes by a verse in which there is prostration while observing Salat, whether (the one in which verses are recited is said) out loud or silently, or outside Salat. In any case, ablution is not a condition for the prostration out of Salah.
Description of the Prostration due to Recitation

- The reciter or listener says at-Takbeer and prostrates, saying: “Subhana Rabbiyal al ‘ala.” Meaning: “Glory be to my Lord, the most High,” and supplicates by saying: “Sajada wajhiy lilladhi khalaqahu, wa shaqqa sam’ahu wa basarhu bi haolihi wa quwwatih.” [ Source: Tirmidhi.]
Meaning: “My face is prostrated to He who created it and, due to His might and power, gave it hearing and sight.”
“Allahummaktub li biha ‘indaka ajran, wa da’ ‘anni biha wizran wajhalha li ‘indaka dhukhran, wa taqabbalha minni kama taqabbaltaha min ‘abdika Dawud.” [ Source: Tirmidhi.]
Meaning: “Oh Allah, write a reward for me due to it, and overlook my sins due to it, and store it away for me with You, as you have accepted it from your servant David.”
- He then says at-Takbeer and rises from the prostration if he is in Salat , and if he is not in Salat he rises with neither a Takbeer nor Tasleem.