Prostration Posture

· Demonstration of submission to Almighty Allah, along with repeating Glory be to my Lord, the Most High” thrice.

1. Kneel on the ground to perform the first prostration. On your way down, say, “Allahu Akbar” without raising your hands. Finish saying Takbir before putting your forehead on the ground.

Prostration Is Performed Twice in Each Rak`ah

2.Ensure a correct prostrating posture by doing the following:

- During prostration, seven parts of your body should be firmly resting on the ground: the forehead along with the nose, both palms, both knees, and the bottom of the toes of both feet. These are known as the seven body parts of prostration.

- Your two palms should be placed flat on the ground in line with your shoulders, while keeping your fingers stretched forward, closed together, and pointing towards the Qiblah.

-  Your forearms should stay raised above the ground and away from the sides of your body.

-  Your feet should be held upright on the ground, with the bottom of your toes bent in the direction of the Qiblah.

3. While in the prostrating position, say three times, “Subhana Rabbiyal A`la (Glory be to my Lord, the Most High).”

4. Sit up from the first prostration, saying, “Allahu Akbar.” Place your right hand on your right thigh and your left hand on your left thigh.

In this posture, it is a recommended act of Sunnah to sit on the left leg while keeping the right foot upright with the toes pointing towards the Qiblah. This sitting position is called Iftirash.

It is also a recommended act of Sunnah to say during the sitting pause between the two prostrations, “Rabb ighfir li, Rabb ighfir li (O my Lord, forgive me. O my Lord, forgive me).” Or you may say, “Allahumma ighfir li, warhamni, wa`aafini, wahdini, warzuqni

(O Allah, forgive me, have mercy on me, grant me well-being, guide me, and grant me provision).”

5. Prostrate again, saying, “Allahu Akbar.” During the second prostration, repeat what you have done and said in the first prostration.

6. Once you complete the second prostration, you have completed one full Rak`ah. Rise up to proceed to the next Ra`kah, saying, “Allahu Akbar.”

The Closest You Can Get to Allah

“The closest a person can be to their Lord is when they are prostrating, so supplicate much in it,” said Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

[Narrated by Abu Dawud] 

Therefore, it is recommended that you supplicate to Allah a lot during prostration for whatever matters of this world or the Hereafter you need addressed.