the prostration of thankfulness

source: silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor, 97/6
asaheeha translations


Q: “How does one perform sujood ash-shukr (the prostration of thankfulness)?”

Shaykh al-Albaani (rahimahullaah):

“It comprises of one prostration, and none of the preconditions needed for prayer are stipulated for it. So it is like sujood at-tilaawah, they both have the same ruling. Neither of them have a precondition such as being in a state of purification, facing the qiblah, making the takbeer, making the tasleem, and so on. Rather, if he is surprised by some blessing, he prostrates immediately the way he is and praises Allaah with whatever (words) he can for that blessing that He gave him, out of thanks to Him. Likewise if he recites a verse of prostration from the Book of Allaah (‘azza wa jal), he prostrates immediately, whether he has wudhoo or not, whether he is facing the qiblah or not, without making takbeer al-ihraam and without making any tashahhud or salaam.”

the prostration of thankfulness

5 thoughts on “the prostration of thankfulness

  1. Mohamed Ibrahim says:

    Brother, i need the reference for this action from Al-Quran or Sunnah. Please provide me : …
    Or scrap me here.

    1. there are numerous ahaadeeth in regard to this, one of them being in Saheeh Ibn Maajah #1151 (graded Hasan by Shaikh al-Albaani) that if something came to the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam that made him happy, he would fall prostrate in thanks to Allaah.


  2. Abdullah says:

    Nothing is specified to be recited; imam la-‘Albani said as mentioned in the Fatwa up, “he prostrates immediately the way he is and praises Allaah with whatever (words) he can for that blessing that He gave him, out of thanks to Him.”

  3. syed shafiullah says:

    It was narrated from Abu Bakrah that when the Prophet (ﷺ) heard news that made him happy, or for which one should be happy, he would fall down prostrate in gratitude to Allah, the Blessed and Exalted.

    حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدَةُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ الْخُزَاعِيُّ، وَأَحْمَدُ بْنُ يُوسُفَ السُّلَمِيُّ، قَالاَ حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو عَاصِمٍ، عَنْ بَكَّارِ بْنِ عَبْدِ الْعَزِيزِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ أَبِي بَكْرَةَ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ أَبِي بَكْرَةَ، أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ كَانَ إِذَا أَتَاهُ أَمْرٌ يَسُرُّهُ أَوْ يُسَرُّ بِهِ خَرَّ سَاجِدًا شُكْرًا لِلَّهِ تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى ‏.‏

    Grade : Hasan (Darussalam)
    English reference : Sunnan Ibn Majah Vol. 1, Book 5, Hadith 1394
    Arabic reference : Book 5, Hadith 1458

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