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    7 Wisdoms of bowing down to Allah (Prostration or Sujuud)

    7 Wisdoms of bowing down to Allah (Prostration or Sujuud)

    To carry out the commands to perform prostrations, with a full appreciation, then each of us needs to understand what the meaning or wisdom behind the commands to perform prostrations to Allah swt.

    1. Prostration is a form of obedience
    Prostration which means dutifully shows that when people bow down, meaning he is ready to demonstrate compliance in circumstances which, however, as the universe is subject to the provisions of Allah, Allah says in Qur’an surah Ar-Ra’d, verse 15 : “Whatever beings there are In the heavens and the earth do prostrate themselves to Allah (Acknowledging subjection),- with good-will or In spite of themselves: so do their shadows In the morning and evenings”

    2. Guidance of the Science and Faith
    People who are knowledgeable and mastery of knowledge is based in faith will make them always bow down to Allah, this is because science will indeed bring someone to faith steady, because given how broad the knowledge of Allah and how little knowledge we can mastery. This all will make a believer must always bow down to Allah. He says in Qur’an, surah Al-Israa’, verse 107-109 “say: "Whether ye believe In it or not, it is true that those who were given knowledge beforehand, when it is recited to them, fall down on their faces In humble prostration, And They say: 'Glory to Our Lord! truly has the promise of Our Lord been fulfilled!' They fall down on their faces In tears, and it increases their (earnest) humility”.


    3. To distinguish with the People Reluctant to prostrate
    The reality is that many people who would not bow down to Allah, this will cause remorse no measure, either in the world with his arrogance and the next with a painful torment. Their reluctance to submit to God's command will make them farther with the teachings that come from God Almighty, when in fact they are very needed. Allah says in Qur’an Surah Al-Furqon, verse 60 : When it is said to them, "Adore ye ((Allah)) Most Gracious!", They say, "And what is ((Allah)) Most Gracious? shall we Adore that which Thou commandest us?" and it increases their flight (from the truth).

    4. Remind to prostrate to the right God
    When we always bow down to Allah Almighty is once again remind people that God is the one true God and therefore we must bow and submit to Him, obedient and obey him in circumstances which, however, and wherever we are. Allah says in Qur’an Surah Fushshilaat, verse 37-38 : “Among His sings are the night and the Day, and the sun and the Moon. Adore not the sun and the moon, but Adore Allah, who created them, if it is Him ye wish to serve. but is the (Unbelievers) are arrogant, (no matter): for In the presence of Thy Lord are those who celebrate His praises by night and by Day. and They never flag (nor feel themselves above it)”.

    5. Turning Away From People Infidels
    Our sincerity to remain prostrate to Allah Almighty in a broad meaning to prove that we are only willing to submit to Allah and turn away from those who reject Him. This is stated in His Word in QS Al Alaq (96), verse 9-19 : “seest Thou one who forbids, a votary when He (turns) to pray?, seest Thou if He is on (the road of) Guidance?- or enjoins Righteousness? seest Thou if He denies (Truth) and turns away? knoweth He not that Allah doth see? let Him beware! if He desist not, we will drag Him by the forelock,- a lying, sinful forelock! then, let Him call (for help) to His council (of comrades): we will call on the angels of punishment (to Deal with Him)! Nay, heed Him not: but bow down In adoration, and bring Thyself the closer (to Allah.!)”

    6. To Emulate the Prophet and His followers
    The Prophet and the people along with him with full fidelity always prostrate to Allah Almighty. When we do it well , then we mean people who have been to emulate the Prophet with his faithful followers so that we too become true followers , Allah says in Qur’an Surah Maryam/19:58 : “Those were some of the prophets on whom Allah did bestow His Grace,- of the posterity of Adam, and of those who we carried (in the Ark) with Noah, and of the posterity of Abraham and Israel of those whom we guided and chose. whenever the Signs of ((Allah)) Most gracious were rehearsed to them, They would fall down In prostrate adoration and In tears”.

    7. To Follow the angel
    Angels always bow down to Allah , therefore, when we prostrate in a broad sense means that we have modeled the angels in our lives in this world, this will make our dignity to be so noble as the noble of angels, Allah says in Qur’an Surah Al A’raaf (7:206) : “Those who are near to Thy Lord, Disdain not to do Him worship: They celebrate His praises, and bow down before Him”.

    When people do not want to bow down to Allah Almighty, then they will have pride as already possessed by the devil or Satan who brings a negative impact in the life of this world because he would not submit to the decree of Allah Almighty.

    From the above description, it is clear how important it is to prostrate to Allah Almighty and the prostration is done with a full appreciation and sincerity so as to bring a very positive influence in the life of the world and the hereafter.

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