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A Step-by-Step Guide to Perform Salah: Step 5

How to Perform Salah According to Shafi'i Mazhab: A Step-by-Step Guide

6. I’tidal 

Return to the standing position by raising your hands while reciting:

 سَمِعَ اللهُ لِمَنْ حَمِدَهُ

Sami’-Allahu liman hamidah

Allah hears those who praise Him

Lower your hands gently and place them on your sides. When you are in a completely upright position, recite the following:

رَبَّنَا وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ

Rabbana walaKal-hamd

O Our Lord, to You are all the praises 


7. Sujud

Prostration (sujud) is a position of utmost humility and submission in prayer. The act of lowering oneself to the ground, with the forehead touching the earth, symbolizes the servant's complete surrender to Allah.

As you go into sujud, the takbir marks the transition, reminding you of the continuous acknowledgment of Allah's greatness. The sequence of lowering the knees, followed by the hands and then the forehead, signifies the gradual and deliberate act of submission.

During sujud, you are in the closest physical proximity to the ground, the creation of Allah. It's a moment of profound connection, and as your forehead touches the earth, remember that it is a position of humility, seeking forgiveness, and expressing gratitude.

Ensure that your forehead is clear, allowing for a direct connection with the ground. This physical act is a reflection of your inner state, acknowledging your servitude and recognizing the magnificence of the One you worship.

May your moments in sujud be filled with sincerity, devotion, and a deep sense of connection with Allah.


In the sujud position, recite three times:

 سُبْحَانَ رَبِّيَ الأَعْلَى وَبِحَمدِهِ

Subhana robbiyal a’laa wa bihamdihi

Glory be to my Lord the Most High



Read the previous blog for an introduction to a Step-by-Step Guide to Perform Salah:Step 4