The World Federation One Stop Fiqh

Ruling 1079

In each of the four surahs ‘al-Sajdah’, ‘Fuṣṣilat’, ‘al-Najm’, and ‘al-ʿAlaq’, there is a verse of sajdah,34 which means that if one recites this verse or listens to it, he must immediately perform sajdah after the verse has finished. If he forgets to do this, he must perform sajdah whenever he remembers. Performing sajdah is not obligatory if one hears such a verse involuntarily, although it is better that he does.

34 In Sūratal-Sajdah (Chapter32), the verse is number 15; in Sūrah Fuṣṣilat (Chapter 41), it is verse 37; in Sūrat al-Najm (Chapter 53), it is verse 62; and in Sūrat al-ʿAlaq (Chapter 96), it is verse 19.