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What to do if we come across Sajdah Aayahs while traveling?

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dear sir,

first of all i take this opportunity to thank you for educating us on different aspects of islam.

i have a query,which i hope you will clarify for me. if you are receiting quran will you are travelling(i.e. you are in a running vehicle) and you come

across "sajjda" in the ayaat what do you do?



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What to do if we come across Sajdah Aayahs while traveling?

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and who-ever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


The act of prostration or ‘sajdah’ at the prescribed places in the Holy Quran were performed by the Messenger of Allah (saws), and are thus part of the Sunnah.


The way or Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) was that whenever he used to recite or listen to the Holy Quran, and came to one of the sajdah aayahs, he would stop the recitation and go down into sajdah. But, when he was on the pulpit, or on a vehicle (camel, horse, donkey, etc.), and when during the recitation of the Holy Quran, he (saws) came across one of the sajdah aayahs, he would continue or complete his sermon or his ride, and would perform the sajdah later.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzab verse 21: There is indeed the best model for you to follow in the Messenger of Allah, for every such person looks forward to Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.


Thus, if Allah has blessed you or any believer to recite the Glorious Quran while traveling, and you come across a sajdah aayah of the Holy Quran, then you should take the precedent set by Allah’s Messenger (saws), and perform the act of sajdah once you have reached your destination or whenever you get the opportunity to do it.


And Allah Alone knows Best, and He is the Only Source of Strength.


May Allah guide you and us all to the Straight Path of Islam.


May Allah guide you and us all to the Siraat al-Mustaqeem


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