An Unused Sunnah – Prostration for Gratitude

أَبِى بَكْرَةَ عَنِ النَّبِىِّ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- أَنَّهُ كَانَ إِذَا جَاءَهُ أَمْرُ سُرُورٍ أَوْ بُشِّرَ بِهِ خَرَّ سَاجِدًا شَاكِرًا لِلَّهِ

Abu Bakra narrated: When happiness about something reached the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) or good news, He (peace and blessings be upon him) would prostrate to Allah to show thankfulness.”

Colleced by Abu Dawud (2776) Al-Albani (may Allah have mercy on him) graded this hadeeth as being Sahih.

Benefits for this topic:

  • Ibn Al-Qayyim said, “It’s from the guidance of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) to offer a prostration of thanks to Allah whenever a blessing is granted or a trial and affliction is lifted. [ Zad 1/270]
  • The four Imams consider Sujudus Shukr as being sunnah.
  • Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (may Allah be pleased with him) prostrated when Musayleemah the liar was killed.
  • Ka’b ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) prostrated when Allah forgave him.


  • Ibn Taymeeyah said, “ Purification isn’t a condition to offer Sujudus Shukr. This is derived from the verse about Firuan’s magicians who prostrated after believing in Allah. They didn’t have Wudu prior to their belief. Here we understand that prostration is what Allah loves and is pleased with. Legislation for those before us is legislation for us as long as there’s no contradiction between the two.
  • A person can offer Sujudus Shukr whether standing or not.
  • Takbir: saying “ Allahu Akbar” isn’t mentioned that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did it before prostrating.
  • There is no specific Dhikr or supplication for Sujudu Shukr. The person should thank Allah, ask forgiveness, and make dua while prostrating.

Taken from Sujudus Shukr , Its description and verdicts

Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle

Doha, Qatar, the blessed Arabian Gulf 1431©

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