Number of Sajda in Quran | 2024

That’s a great explanation of Sajdah (prostration) in the Quran! Here’s a breakdown of your points:

Number of Sajdah: You’re right, there are 15 verses in the Quran that require prostration during recitation. These are called verses of Sajdah (Ayah as-Sajdah).

Performing Sajdah: When encountering a verse of Sajdah, Muslims perform prostration as they would in prayer. This demonstrates humility and submission to Allah.

Hadith on Importance: The Hadith you mentioned highlights the significance of Sajdah. It emphasizes that prostration is a way to show obedience and earn Allah’s blessings, contrasting it with the disobedience of Satan.

Obligation of Sajdah: There are different opinions among Islamic scholars about the exact ruling on performing Sajdah during Quran recitation. Some consider it obligatory (wajib) like you mentioned, while others view it as highly recommended (mustahab).

Timing of Sajdah: You correctly stated that prostration can be done immediately after encountering the verse or later at a convenient point. The important thing is not to forget to perform it altogether.

Finding Sajdah Verses: It can be helpful to have a Quran with markings or a separate list indicating the verses of Sajdah. Many resources online or in Islamic apps can also help you locate them.

Would you like to see a list of the 15 Sajdah verses, or perhaps explore some resources to find them?

To identify the Sajda (prostration) in the Quran, there are certain indications and methods prescribed by different schools of thought within Islamic jurisprudence. Here are the methods according to various schools of thought:


Places of prostration in the Quran

  1. Surah Al-A’raf (7:206)
    English: “Indeed, those who are near your Lord are not prevented by arrogance from His worship, and they exalt Him, and to Him they prostrate.”
    Arabic: “إِنَّ الَّذِينَ عِندَ رَبِّكَ لَا يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ عَنْ عِبَادَتِهِ وَيُسَبِّحُونَهُ وَلَهُ يَسْجُدُونَ”
  2. Surah Ar-Ra’d (13:15)
    English: “And to Allah prostrates whoever is within the heavens and the earth, willingly or by compulsion, and their shadows [as well] in the mornings and the afternoons.”
    Arabic: “وَلِلَّهِ يَسْجُدُ مَن فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ طَوْعًا وَكَرْهًا وَظِلَالُهُم بِالْغُدُوِّ وَالْآصَالِ”
  3. Surah An-Nahl (16:50)
    English: “They fear their Lord above them, and they do what they are commanded.”
    Arabic: “يَخَافُونَ رَبَّهُم مِّن فَوْقِهِمْ وَيَفْعَلُونَ مَا يُؤْمَرُونَ”
  4. Surah Bani Israel (17:109)
    English: “And they fall upon their faces weeping, and the Qur’an increases them in humble submission.”
    Arabic: “وَيَخِرُّونَ لِلْأَذْقَانِ يَبْكُونَ وَيَزِيدُهُمْ خُشُوعًا”
  5. Surah Maryam (19:58)
    English: “Those were the ones upon whom Allah bestowed favor from among the prophets of the descendants of Adam and of those We carried [in the ship] with Noah, and of the descendants of Abraham and Israel, and of those whom We guided and chose. When the verses of the Most Merciful were recited to them, they fell in prostration and weeping.”
    Arabic: “أُولَٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِم مِّنَ النَّبِيِّينَ مِن ذُرِّيَّةِ آدَمَ وَمِمَّنْ حَمَلْنَا مَعَ نُوحٍ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّةِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْرَائِيلَ وَمِمَّنْ هَدَيْنَا وَاجْتَبَيْنَا ۚ إِذَا تُتْلَىٰ عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتُ الرَّحْمَٰنِ خَرُّوا سُجَّدًا وَبُكِيًّا”
  6. Surah Al-Hajj (22:18)
    English: “Do you not see that to Allah prostrates whoever is in the heavens and whoever is on the earth and the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the trees, the moving creatures and many of the people? But upon many the punishment has been justified. And he whom Allah humiliates – for him there is no bestower of honor. Indeed, Allah does what He wills.”
    Arabic: “أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّ اللَّهَ يَسْجُدُ لَهُ مَن فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَن فِي الْأَرْضِ وَالشَّمْسُ وَالْقَمَرُ وَالنُّجُومُ وَالْجِبَالُ وَالشَّجَرُ وَالدَّوَابُّ وَكَثِير

What Are the Three Types of Sajdah?

The Sajda verses in the Quran can be categorized into two types:

  1. The first type involves informing Allah about the prostration of His creatures, both in a general sense and in specific instances mentioned in the Quran. It is considered a recommended practice (Sunnah) for the reader or listener of the Quran to emulate these prostrations.
  2. The second type comprises verses in which Allah commands His creatures to prostrate to Him. In such cases, it is incumbent upon Muslims to promptly obey their Lord’s command and perform the prostration.

These are the two main types of Sajda verses found in the Quran, each carrying its significance and implication for believers.


  1. Hanafi School:
  • If the reciter is in prayer, they must have the intention for prostration.
  • The reciter can either prostrate immediately after reciting the Sajda verse or complete the verse, then prostrate.
  • If there are multiple Sajda verses in one prayer, one prostration is sufficient.
  • If the Sajda is outside the prayer, the reciter should say the takbeer (saying “Allahu Akbar”) before prostrating and after raising the head from prostration.
  1. Hanbali School:
  • The method for Sajda, whether in prayer or outside it, is to say two takbeers.
  • The first takbeer is said before prostration and the second one after raising from prostration.
  • If the Sajda is outside the prayer, the method is similar to the Hanafi School but with the addition of obligatory salutation (saying “Assalamu Alaikum”).
  1. Shafi’i School:
  • The method involves having the intention for prostration, followed by saying the takbeer.
  • It is permissible to raise the hands for takbeer.
  • Then, the reciter performs prostration and after that, says the takbeer again to raise the head.
  • If the Sajda is outside the prayer, similar steps are followed, including the salutation.
  1. Maliki School:
  • The method is to say the takbeer before lowering for prostration, with the option of raising the hands if outside the prayer.
  • Then, the reciter performs prostration with the intention.
  • After rising from prostration, another takbeer is said.
  • Unlike the Hanafi School, there is no specific surrendering to the Sajda as per the Maliki School’s method.

Regarding the number of Sajda verses in the Quran, the majority of scholars believe there are fourteen such verses. However, the Maliki School considers it to be eleven.


Which para has Sajda in Quran?

No.Part No.SurahVerse No.VerseTranslation
31416. Al-Nahl50يَخَافُونَ رَبَّهُم مِّن فَوْقِهِمْ وَيَفْعَلُونَ مَا يُؤْمَرُونَ ۩ ٥٠They1 fear their Lord above them, and do whatever they are commanded.
41517. Al-Isra109وَيَخِرُّونَ لِلْأَذْقَانِ يَبْكُونَ وَيَزِيدُهُمْ خُشُوعًۭا ۩ ١٠٩And they fall down upon their faces weeping, and it increases them in humility.
51619. Maryam58أُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَنْعَمَ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْهِم مِّنَ ٱلنَّبِيِّـۧنَ مِن ذُرِّيَّةِ ءَادَمَ وَمِمَّنْ حَمَلْنَا مَعَ نُوحٍۢ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّةِ إِبْرَٰهِيمَ وَإِسْرَٰٓءِيلَ وَمِمَّنْ هَدَيْنَا وَٱجْتَبَيْنَآ ۚ إِذَا تُتْلَىٰ عَلَيْهِمْ ءَايَـٰتُ ٱلرَّحْمَـٰنِ خَرُّوا۟ سُجَّدًۭا وَبُكِيًّۭا ۩ ٥٨Those were ˹some of˺ the prophets who Allah has blessed from among the descendants of Adam, and of those We carried with Noah ˹in the Ark˺, and of the descendants of Abraham and Israel,1 and of those We ˹rightly˺ guided and chose. Whenever the revelations of the Most Compass
61722. Al-Hajj18أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَسْجُدُ لَهُۥ مَن فِى ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ وَمَن فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ وَٱلشَّمْسُ وَٱلْقَمَرُ وَٱلنُّجُومُ وَٱلْجِبَالُ وَٱلشَّجَرُ وَٱلدَّوَآبُّ وَكَثِيرٌۭ مِّنَ ٱلنَّاسِ ۖ وَكَثِيرٌ حَقَّ عَلَيْهِ ٱلْعَذَابُ ۗ وَمَن يُهِنِ ٱللَّهُ فَمَا لَهُۥ مِن مُّكْرِمٍ ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَفْعَلُ مَا يَشَآءُ ۩ ١٨Do you not see that to Allah bow down ˹in submission˺1 all those in the heavens and all those on the earth, as well as the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the trees, and ˹all˺ living beings, as well as many humans, while many are deserving of punishment. And whoever Allah disgraces, none can honour. Surely Allah does what He wills.
71722. Al-Hajj77يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ ٱرْكَعُوا۟ وَٱسْجُدُوا۟ وَٱعْبُدُوا۟ رَبَّكُمْ وَٱفْعَلُوا۟ ٱلْخَيْرَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ ۩ ٧٧O believers! Bow down, prostrate yourselves, worship your Lord, and do ˹what is˺ good so that you may be successful.
81925. Al-Furqan60وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمُ ٱسْجُدُوا۟ لِلرَّحْمَـٰنِ قَالُوا۟ وَمَا ٱلرَّحْمَـٰنُ أَنَسْجُدُ لِمَا تَأْمُرُنَا وَزَادَهُمْ نُفُورًۭا ۩ ٦٠When it is said to them, “Prostrate to the Most Compassionate,” they ask ˹in disgust˺, “What is ‘the Most Compassionate’? Will we prostrate to whatever you order us to?” And it only drives them farther away.
91927. An-Naml
ٱللَّهُ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ رَبُّ ٱلْعَرْشِ ٱلْعَظِيمِ ۩‏ ٢٦
˹He is˺ Allah! There is no god ˹worthy of worship˺ except Him, the Lord of the Mighty Throne.”

32. As-Sajdah
إِنَّمَا يُؤْمِنُ بِـَٔايَـٰتِنَا ٱلَّذِينَ إِذَا ذُكِّرُوا۟ بِهَا خَرُّوا۟ سُجَّدًۭا وَسَبَّحُوا۟ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّهِمْ وَهُمْ لَا يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ ۩ ١٥
The only ˹true˺ believers in Our revelation are those who—when it is recited to them—fall into prostration and glorify the praises of their Lord and are not too proud.

112338. Sad
قَالَ لَقَدْ ظَلَمَكَ بِسُؤَالِ نَعْجَتِكَ إِلَىٰ نِعَاجِهِۦ ۖ وَإِنَّ كَثِيرًۭا مِّنَ ٱلْخُلَطَآءِ لَيَبْغِى بَعْضُهُمْ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍ إِلَّا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَعَمِلُوا۟ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ وَقَلِيلٌۭ مَّا هُمْ ۗ وَظَنَّ دَاوُۥدُ أَنَّمَا فَتَنَّـٰهُ فَٱسْتَغْفَرَ رَبَّهُۥ وَخَرَّ رَاكِعًۭا وَأَنَابَ ۩ ٢٤
David ˹eventually˺ ruled, “He has definitely wronged you in demanding ˹to add˺ your sheep to his. And certainly many partners wrong each other, except those who believe and do good—but how few are they!” Then David realized that We had tested him so he asked for his Lord’s forgiveness, fell down in prostration, and turned ˹to Him in repentance˺.

122441. Fussilat
فَإِنِ ٱسْتَكْبَرُوا۟ فَٱلَّذِينَ عِندَ رَبِّكَ يُسَبِّحُونَ لَهُۥ بِٱلَّيْلِ وَٱلنَّهَارِ وَهُمْ لَا يَسْـَٔمُونَ ۩ ٣٨
But if the pagans are too proud, then ˹let them know that˺ those ˹angels˺ nearest to your Lord glorify Him day and night, and never grow weary.

132753. An Najm
62فَٱسْجُدُوا۟ لِلَّهِ وَٱعْبُدُوا۟ ۩ ٦٢
Instead, prostrate to Allah and worship ˹Him alone˺!

84. Inshiqaq
وَإِذَا قُرِئَ عَلَيْهِمُ ٱلْقُرْءَانُ لَا يَسْجُدُونَ ۩ ٢١
and when the Quran is recited to them, they do not bow down ˹in submission˺?1

153096. Al-Alaq
19كَلَّا لَا تُطِعْهُ وَٱسْجُدْ وَٱقْتَرِب ۩ ١٩
Again, no! Never obey him ˹O Prophet˺! Rather, ˹continue to˺ prostrate and draw near ˹to Allah˺.
There are a total of 14 verses (Ayat) in the Holy Quran that require prostration (Sajdah) upon recitation. These verses are as follows:
Surah Al-A’raf (7:206)
Surah Ar-Ra’d (13:15)
Surah An-Nahl (16:49)
Surah Al-Isra (17:107-109)
Surah Maryam (19:58)
Surah Al-Hajj (22:18)
Surah Al-Hajj (22:77)
Surah Al-Furqan (25:60)
Surah An-Naml (27:26)
Surah As-Sajdah (32:15)
Surah Sad (38:24)
Surah Fussilat (41:38)
Surah An-Najm (53:62)
Surah Al-Alaq (96:19)
These verses are significant reminders of Allah’s greatness and require believers to express their humility and submission through prostration.

How Is Sajda Identified in the Quran?

The obligation of prostration (Sajdah) during recitation of the Quran is emphasized in Islamic teachings. This obligation, known as Sajdah Tilawat, is underscored by a Hadith narrated by Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him), where the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) explained the significance of performing Sajdah upon reaching the relevant verses. It’s said that when a person performs Sajdah, the evil forces (Shayateen) distance themselves from that individual.

Identifying the points of Sajdah Tilawat in the Quran is essential. Typically, specific symbols or written words are used to indicate these points, such as the symbol “۩” or the words “السجدہ” or “سجدہ.”

Performing Sajdah Tilawat entails standing straight, saying “Allahu Akbar,” bowing down on the knees without raising the hands as in Salah, reciting “Subhaana Rabbiyal-A’laa” (Glory is to my Lord, the Most High) at least three times or any odd number greater than three, saying “Allahu Akbar” again, and then raising the head to complete the prostration.

Sajdah Tilawat is necessary for anyone reciting or listening to the Quran whenever the relevant verses requiring prostration are recited. This obligation applies regardless of the individual’s posture or activity at the time.

The Quran contains 14 verses (Ayat) of prostration, and these verses are recited with reverence and humility, followed by the obligatory prostration. These verses are significant reminders of Allah’s greatness, and prostration serves as an expression of devotion and submission to Him.

In conclusion, understanding the concept of Sajdah and Sajdah Tilawat, knowing how to perform it, and recognizing the verses in the Quran that require prostration are essential aspects of practicing Islam with sincerity and devotion.

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