Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch
Is it permissible to prostrate outside of prayer, excluding the prostration of reciting, in order to make du’a?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate
It is permissible to prostrate outside of the prayer for the sake of making du’a. [Tahtawi, Hashiya al-Tahtawi]
However, it is advised not to do so in such places which will confuse people.
Hope this helps
Allah knows best
[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York, where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and several texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.