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Islam and Spiritualism (30 Apr 2018 NewAgeIslam.Com)


Quranic Verses of Prostration: Proclamation of Universal Allegiance towards a Supreme Ideal

 

 

By Kazi Wadud Nawaz, New Age Islam

30 April 2018

There are fifteen places in the Holy Qur’an where we should perform Sajdat al-Tilawwah (prostration of recitation) while reciting them. The   Verses of Prostration are sequentially arranged as follows.

Al-A’raaf :7:206, al-Ra’d 13:15,al-Nahl 16:49,  al-Isra’ 17:107, Maryam 19:58, al-Hajj 22:18,al-Hajj 22:77, al-Furqaan 25:60, al-Naml 27:25, al-Sajdah 32:15,  Saad 38:24, Fussilat 41:37, al-Najm 53:62, al-Inshiqaaq 84:2, al-‘Alaq 96:19

If we go for analysis of the above mentioned verses we will find that all the verses exclusively demand from mankind absolute obedience to the sovereignty of Allah. From Quranic point of view the act of Sajdah during the prayer and Sajdatul Tilawwah while reciting the Holy Quran, mark the declaration of   universal allegiance on the part of all creations towards the divine authority.

Sajdah’ means total surrender-absolute obedience and subservience to the authority of Allah as the Sustainer and Lord of the Universe. Sajdah means absolute allegiance to the divine laws, rules and regulations governing nature and society.

Entire universe, life and consciousness without exception, willingly or unwillingly, are bound to obey the unalterable divine governing system. [Sura Al-Ahzab: 162, Sura Al-Israa: 77]

The Verses of prostration symbolize unconditional recognition and absolute obedience on the part of all the creations including man to the Laws of Divine Governance. The Verses of Prostration mark two coherent spiritual significances for the Believers. Firstly, each proclaim on the part of the Believers unconditional surrender to divine authority. Secondly, they collectively uphold believers’ confirmation of acceptance of guiding principles outlined in the Holy Quran.

The Verses of Prostration provide the believers an opportunity for being one with all creations of the universe in humble submission to the divine authority.

Amongst all the verses of the Holy Quran, the Verses of Prostration are Unique in respect of its Spiritual Significance.  They are Unique in the sense that each of the fifteen verses may be considered to be the outlets of spiritual fountain flowing all over the divine landscape of the Holy Quran. Sajdah properly performed helps spiritual ascension and brings the Believers nearer to Allah. All things in the universe whether living or non-living at macroscopic, microscopic or nano level follow specific divine laws symbolizing surrender or Sajdah to the creator. Sajdah signifies total annihilation of the “self” and humility before Allah.

The Very Existence and Evolution of the Universe, life and consciousness, pre-suppose an absolute obedience to a Divine System manifested in Scientific Logic inherent in the Laws of Nature. Each and every particle of the cosmic dust, each and every organ of a living system, each and every cell of our body , each and every drop of our blood, each and  every beat of our heart, all  are harmoniously tuned to a divine system of universal allegiance, from the Quranic point of view termed as Sajdah. And herein lies the justification of Quranic assertion that everything in the heaven and the earth prostrate before Allah, the Almighty and Everlasting.

Mankind as a natural being is intricately bound as an integrated system with the physical world and very much dependent on the laws of nature for his own existence and survival. But he is   reluctant to lead his personal and social life in accordance with the basic laws and guiding principles of human nature as elaborated in the holy Quran in the form of “Shariah”. Allah best knows the basic characteristics of His creations. And hence the promulgation of “Shariah” laws   as guiding principles of   human nature and social behaviour. The Quranic Verses of Prostration   demands from mankind a conscious allegiance to the “Shariah” law as well. And herein lies the distinction between the Sajdah of a Muslim and all other objects in the universe.

To sum up, the Quranic Verses of Prostration are in essence a divine endeavour for harmonizing conscious and unconscious elements of human nature towards a “Supreme Ideal.”

Engr. Kazi Wadud Nawaz is a Writer and Researcher from Khulna, Bangladesh

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islam-and-spiritualism/kazi-wadud-nawaz,-new-age-islam/quranic-verses-of-prostration--proclamation-of-universal-allegiance-towards-a-supreme-ideal/d/115095




TOTAL COMMENTS:-   10


  • Dear Hats off,
    We find three types of people in the holy Quran: Believers, Unbelievers and Hypocrites.If Allah wills,I certainly aspire to be a Believer whom you people call Extremists. I hate to be a 'Moderate" which is synonymous to Hypocrisy. Thanks.


    By Kazi Wadud Nawaz - 5/6/2018 9:34:59 AM



  • Hats Off,
    Nobody called them moderate nor do they call themselves moderate. Please do not invent your own "facts".
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 5/5/2018 12:49:26 AM



  • To the  atheist, moderate means a nominal believer and a firm believer is an extremist! ' 'Moderate' and 'extremist' are certainly most abused words. 
    By Talib - 5/4/2018 10:44:50 PM



  • "moderate" is the most abused word in this forum.

    if mr. kazi wadud navaz and mr. talib can be called "moderate", then god help us.

    with moderates like these who needs extremists?

    By hats off! - 5/4/2018 5:25:42 PM



  • The opposite of submission is not kufr but freedom to choose and to act. I doubt that the Almighty wants submission from us. He would much rather want us to do good deeds, study nature and create art. But each of us must follow his/her own understanding of the message of Islam.


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 5/3/2018 12:14:26 AM



  • Satan was the first to move away from unconditional submission.

    The universe was created with the law (Deen) of submission (Islam). All created things therefore submit to the laws of Allah. Man and Jin are given limited freedom with which to choose Islam (submission) or kufr (rebellion). This is the essence of the Quran.

    By Talib - 5/2/2018 9:51:04 PM



  • Dear Mr.Mohiyuddin,
    Thank you for your valuable comments.I would request you to please ponder a bit on the nature and extent of freedom mankind have been  enjoying in course of its evolution throughout its known history!  From the standpoint of Quranic Philosophy real peace and freedom of mankind lies in its emancipation from the bondage of fellow men and acceptance of bondage of an eternal entity.The Holy Quran from beginning to end has clearly discussed the multidimensional and infinite manifestations of attributes of this divine entity that collectively constitute the essence of  a "Supreme Ideal". The act of Prostration or surrender on the part of a believer is a symbolic follow-up of the Sacred Trust undertaken by Adam from Almighty Allah just after his creation. All this is part of my faith as a Muslim .Any body may or may not accept it that immaterial. Thanks

    By Kazi Wadud Nawaz - 5/2/2018 7:26:39 PM



  • It is time to move from unconditional submission to a rational and freely arrived at acceptance of the pursuit of rectitude and goodness which is the essence of the Quran.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 5/1/2018 1:20:49 PM



  • The sacred is all about unconditionals (unconditional submission/prostration); the profane is all about conditionals.

    Religion isn't so much about telling man that there is one God as about preventing man from thinking that he is God (Telling God what religion should/shouldn’t be!).


    If you can't spontaneously detect the difference between the sacred and profane, you'll never know what religion means. You will also never figure out what we commonly call art. You will never understand anything!

    By Talib - 5/1/2018 3:17:40 AM



  • No wise ruler would demand prostration.

    We, as free men, should commit ourselves freely to righteousness and justice.We should always treasure our freedom, which is the greatest gift of God to mankind.

    The word "Islam" is often mistranslated as "submission". Islam means peace, not submission.

    There is no such thing as a "Supreme Ideal".


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 4/30/2018 12:43:48 PM



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