When Memorizing a Sura, Do I Have to Prostrate Every Single Time I Repeat a Verse of Prostration?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu

InshaAllah this reaches you in the best of health and Iman Shaykh.

When you are memorizing a surah and there is a Sajdah Tilawah in an ayah, is one required to make sajdah for evertime they read this ayah? Because when memorising you repeat many many times. Is one Sajdah sufficient?

Jazakallah Khayr


Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I hope you are in the best of health and spirits insha’Allah.

According to the Hanafi school, as long as one recites within a single session (majlis), one only has to perform a single prostration (sajda) at the end.

A session (majlis) can change either:

[1] Actually (e.g. moving from the kitchen to the living room);

[2] Effectively (e.g. reading a book, at the dining table, to eating lunch);

For example, if one recited the verse (ayat) fifty times whilst sitting in the living room, it would be sufficient to perform a single prostration.

However, if one recited the verse thirty times in the living room and then twenty times in the kitchen, one would have to perform two prostrations.

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

And Allah knows best.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani