When to Perform the Prostration of Recitation?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: As salamu alaikum,
In my copy of the Qur’an an example of the notification of a sajda tilawa is as follows:
In sura al-isra’, there is a line above “yakhirruna lil adhqani sujjadan” at the end of verse 107 and then at the end of verse 109 it says “sajda” above the stop sign and in the marjin.

At which point does the sajda become necessary, and when should one perform it? In the above example, would I perform it at the end of verse 107 or after 109?
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
The prostration of recitation becomes necessary (wajib) after reciting the respective verse, including any verses connected to it. [Ibn `Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar `ala al-Durr al-Mukhtar]
Therefore, if you prostrated after verse 107 of Surat al-Isra’, as opposed to verse 109, you would need to repeat the prostration as it becomes due after reciting the latter.
Practically, you would prostrate after reciting the verse which has the prostration symbol in the margin or at the end of the verse.
And Allah alone gives success.
wassalam,
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.