Do I Need to Recite a Sajdat Al-Tilawat Verse Every Time I Come across One?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch


I have a screenshot of a Sajdat al-Tilawat verse on my phone’s camera roll. Do I have to read it every time I come across it and then perform the sajda?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

It is not required for you to recite any verse that you see. Even if you read the verse, if you do not recite it audibly, the prostration of recitation is not required. [Tahtawi/Shurunbulali, Hashiyat Maraqi al-Falah]

The prostration of recitation is required in the following situation:

When one audibly recites or hears the audible recitation of the verse of prostration recited, whether intentionally or unintentionally. (Except for the menstruating woman, she is not required to prostrate if she hears someone reciting) [Ibid.]

If one recites or hears the recitation of the prostration verse multiple times in one sitting, only one prostration is due, as all the recitations are considered one. If, however, the various recitations occur in different sittings, each verse of prostration would require a new prostration. [Ibid.]

Hope this helps
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[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabban

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then 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 a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.