Forgetfulness Prostration In Prayer

Question: How do we perform the forgetfulness prostration when praying alone? If my bowing (ruku’) is too short because I accidentally said “Subhana Rabi al-Azim” only two times before standing up, do I need to perform the forgetfulness prostration?

In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

Assalam’aleykum, I pray this finds you in the best of states.

Jazakum Allah khayr for your question!

The forgetfulness prostration

For the forgetfulness prostration (which is necessary if a necessary (wajib) action was left forgetfully, and for nothing else):

1. In the final sitting, recite the tashahhud;
2. Give one salam, to the right;
3. Perform two prostrations, with their sunnas;
4. Sit and repeat the final sitting in full–reciting the tashahhud, sending blessings, and making supplication (dua); and then
5. End with two salams
[ Maraqi Al Falah ]

Forgetting the glorifications in the bowing

The three glorifications (tasbih) during the bowing are an emphasized sunna. They are not necessary (wajib). Thus the forgetfulness prostration is not needed [Nur Al Idah].

And Allah knows best. I hope that the above answers your question. If something is unclear please don’t hesitate to ask again.

May  Allah Most High grant you the best of this world and the next. Please keep us in your du’as!


[Ustadh] Sufyan Qufi