Reciting the Qur’ān while in Rukū’ & Sujūd


Is it permissible to recite some Qur’ānic remembrances while prostrating or when bowing in the Rukū‘, for example the statement of the Most High:

(رَبَّنَا لَا تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحْمَةً ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ ٱلْوَهَّابُ)

“Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower.”


It’s permissible upon what’s most correct, to supplicate with some Qur’ānic verses while prostrating, if the intent was supplication.

And the prohibited scenario is if it’s with the intention of recitation.

And this is what the evidences of the prohibition in this are understood to mean.

The likes of what is found in the hadīth of ‘Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, he said:

“The Messenger of Allah ﷺ forbade me from reciting while bowing in Rukū’ and prostrating (Sujūd).”

[Reported by Muslim]

Similarly in Sahih Muslim, on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbas, may Allah be pleased with them both, that he said:

“Verily I have been forbidden to recite the Qur’ān while bowing and prostrating, as for bowing then venerate in it the Lord, the Mighty and Majestic.

As for the prostration, exert yourself at supplicating therein, for it is fitting that you are answered.”

Shaykh-Ul-Islām, Ibn Taymiyyah, may Allah have mercy upon him, said:

“The scholars have unanimously agreed upon recitation whilst bowing and prostrating being disliked, and they differed at the invalidity of the prayer due to it, to two positions, they are both a view in the Mad-hab of Imām Ahmed, and this is due to honoring the Qur’ān, and venerating it, so that it’s not read while in a state of submission and lowering.”
[Al-Fatāwa 23/58]

➖And prohibition is benefited from the apparent of the text, because it’s the initial basis of forbiddance.

So whoever purposefully intends recitation of the Qur’ān while bowing and prostrating invalidates his prayer.

And Allah knows best.

Answered by:
Shaykh Abu Hatim Yusuf Al-‘Inaabi Al-Jazaa’iree – may Allah preserve him.


Answered on:
22nd, Saffar, 1438H

Translated by:
Abu ‘Abdirrahman ‘Abdullaah bin Ahmed Ash-Shingaani