How to perform sujud al sahw

how to perform sajda als sahw

The Prostration of Forgetfulness

how to perform sajda als sahw

There are two methods of performing sajda al sahw (the prostration of forgetfulness):

The Hanafi Method

When you reach the last rakat, recite at-tahiyaat till the end innaka Hameedun Majeed.

Make a single salam to the right.

Perform 2 additional prostrations (with subhana rabiyal a’la three times).

Complete your salah: Recite at-tahiyaat till the end innaka Hameedun Majeed then make dua.

End the prayer (as normal) with salam to the right and left.

The Shafi’i Method

When you reach the last rakat, recite at-tahiyaat till the end innaka Hameedun Majeed.

Do not do salam instead make 2 additional prostrations (while reciting subhana rabiyal a’la three times)

End the prayer by saying salam to the right and left.

Both Imams Hanafi and Shafi’s method are based on evidences which showed the Prophet (peace be on him) did this.

When is the sajda al sahw required?

If you miss and wajib parts of the salah you can make the sajda al sahw. 

However, if you forget a pillar (arkan) of salah, you have to repeat the salah. 

If you miss your salah, it is better to make up the salah later, than to perform sunnah or nawafil prayers. 

Shaykh Haytham Tamim delivered during the Let’s Fix your Salah course

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Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has orchestrated the design and delivery of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001. His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College). He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.