Description of Prostration
Hands first before knees or knees before hand?
There is a difference of opinion even among them scholars. So which one do we follow? Whichever scholar that trust most Insya Allah. Allah knows best.
2. To make sujud on seven body parts
Said Ibn ‘Abbas, “The Prophet ordered us to prostrate on seven bodily parts and not to fold back the hair or clothing: the forehead (along with the nose), the hands, the knees and the feet.” (Bukhari)
Let us check
i. That our forehead is firm on the ground
ii. and so is your nose.
iii. both hands palm down on the ground
1v. the knees
v. be sure that our feet is close together and on the ground and not lifted above the ground.
All about arms when making sujud
Abdullah bin Malik bin Buhaina narrated
Whenever the prophet sallallahu alaihi wasalam performed solah (in prostration) he used to keep his hands open widely seperated (from his body) so much so that the whiteness of his armpits was visible. (Bukhari)
Anas narrated that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wasalam said
Be moderate in prostrations, and let none of you stretch out his forearms (on the ground) like a dog. (Muslim)
Again we need to check our arms. Is it on the floor? Just like a dog sitting down on all fours. Prophet Muhammad salllahu alaihi wasalam caution us not to do our prayer like the animal namely bird that pecks too fast, camel sitting down and now a dog stretching his forearms.
Bara bin Azib narrated that Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alaihi wasalam said
When you prostrate, place the palms of your hands on the ground and raise your elbows. (Muslim)
Abu Humaid As Saidi said, I remember the solah of Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alaihi wasalam better than anyone of you
In prostration, he placed both his hands on the ground with his forearms away from his body and his toes were facing the qiblah.
Lessons about arms in prostration
i. Put arms away from the side of the body
ii. Palms down
iii. Elbows must be raised
Fingers during prostration
Wa’il bin Hujr narrated
Whenever the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasalam bowed, he would spread out his finger and when he prostrated he would bring his fingers together. (Mustadrak Hakim)
Fingers together during prostration
Abdullah bin Abas narrated that Allah’s Messenger sallalalhu alaihi wasalam said
The solah of a man whose nose does not rest on the ground as his forehead does – is not valid.”
Make sure the nose is on the ground
Aishah narrated: “One night I missed Allah’s Messenger sallalalhu alaihi wasalam from the bed, and when I sought him my hands touched the lower part of his feet while he was in the state of prostrations. His feet were raised (on his toes). (Muslim)
Invocation during Prostration
There are a few invocation that Prophet sallahu alaihi wasalam recited during his prostration. We are only used to the common one. I think it is time that we learn a new invocation Insya Allah.
This is among them
Characteristics of Prayer
Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 12 :: Hadith 760
The Prophet used to say in his bowing and prostrations, “Subhanaka-Allahumma Rabbana wa-bihamdika Allahumma-ighfirli.’ (I honor Allah from all what (unsuitable things) is ascribed to Him. O Allah Our Lord! And all the praises are for You. O Allah! Forgive me).”
Closest to Allah during prostration
The Book of Prayers (Kitab Al-Salat)
Muslim :: Book 4 : Hadith 979
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: The nearest a servant comes to his Lord is when he is prostrating himself, so make supplication (in this state).
We are in the state most near to Allah when we make sujood. We should try to make supplication to Allah at this time, make sujood properly as taught by prophet sallallahu alaihi wasalam.