Prostration of Recital from a Recording

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Does one have to perform sajdah for every time an ayah is heard, for e.g. on a mp3 player consisting of sajdah tilawah?


Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are well, insha’Allah.

No, you do not have to prostrate after hearing a verse of prostration from a recording, as understood from the words and expressions of the jurists. [see: Is Prostration Necessary if One Hears the Recording of a Verse of Prostration?]

The condition of the prostration being necessary is a live recitation.

Reciting a Verse of Prostration

It is necessary (wajib) for the one upon whom the prayer is obligatory to prostrate after reciting a verse of prostration, on condition that they did so whilst awake.

The prayer is obligatory for the morally responsible Muslim; and it excludes women who are in a state of menstruation or post-natal bleeding.

Hearing a Verse of Prostration

It is also necessary to prostrate after hearing a verse of prostration from anybody, except:

[1] a non-discerning child,

[2] an insane person,

[3] a sleeping person,

[4] in the form of an echo, and

[5] from a parrot, or the like.

[Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; `Ala’ al-Din `Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-`Ala’iyya]

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani