The Prophet recited Suratan-Najm (103) at Mecca and
prostrated while reciting it and those who were with him
did the same except an old man who took a handful of small
stones or earth and lifted it to his forehead and said,
"This is sufficient for me." Later on, I saw him killed as
The Prophet recited Surat-an-Najm (53) and prostrated
while reciting it and all the people prostrated and a man
amongst the people took a handful of stones or earth and
raised it to his face and said, "This is sufficient for
me." Later on I saw him killed as a non-believer.
I saw Abu Huraira reciting Idha-Sama' un-Shaqqat and he
prostrated during its recitation. I asked Abu Huraira,
"Didn't I see you prostrating?" Abu Huraira said, "Had I
not seen the Prophet prostrating, I would not have
When the Prophet recited Surat As-Sajda and we were
with him, he would prostrate and we also would prostrate
with him and some of us (because of the heavy rush) would
not find a place (for our foreheads) to prostrate on.
'Umar bin Al-Khattab recited Surat-an-Nahl on a Friday
on the pulpit and when he reached the verse of Sajda he
got down from the pulpit and prostrated and the people
also prostrated. The next Friday 'Umar bin Al-Khattab
recited the same Sura and when he reached the verse of
Sajda he said, "O people! When we recite the verses of
Sajda (during the sermon) whoever prostrates does the
right thing, yet it is no sin for the one who does not
prostrate." And 'Umar did not prostrate (that day). Added
Ibn 'Umar "Allah has not made the prostration of
recitation compulsory but if we wish we can do it."
I offered the 'Isha' prayer behind Abu Huraira and he
recited Idhas-Sama' Un-Shaqqat, and prostrated. I said,
"What is this?" Abu Huraira said, "I prostrated behind
Abu-l-Qasim and I will do the same till I meet him."