The Medical Benefits Of Sajdah (Prostration During Solat)

29 Jan

“Only those believe in Our Signs
who, when they are recited to them,
fall down in prostration, and
celebrate the praises of their Lord,
nor are they puffed up with
pride.” (Qur’an 32:15)
“They fall down on their faces,
weeping, and it increases humility in
them.” (Qur’an 17:109)
“O, you who believe! Bow down and
prostrate yourselves, and worship
your Lord, and do good, that happily
you may prosper.” (Qur’an 22:77)
Sajdah (prostration)is a unique position
or stance in the regular prayers, which a
Muslim is supposed to offer at least five
times a day. Although the basic purpose
of obligatory prayers is not to provide
exercise, yet it is being increasingly
recognized that it has plenty of medical
advantages for the human body.
The Prophet, sallallaahu `alayhi wa
sallam ( may Allah exalt his mention ),
mentioned in a Hadeeth (narration)
collected by Ibn Majah may Allah have
mercy upon him that prayer is a cure for
many diseases. A person who offers his
prayers regularly, especially in the
mosque, is protected from many
ailments some of which he many not
even know. The position of Sajdah in
which the forehead touches the earth is
exclusively associated with the Muslim
form of prayer. It is the climax of a
Muslim’s prayer and as mentioned in a
Hadeeth as the position in which a
Muslim is nearest to Allah The Almighty.
Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with
him, reported in Saheeh Bukhari that
the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu
`alayhi wa sallam ( may Allah exalt his
mention ), said: “The nearest a
servant comes to his Lord is when he
is prostrating himself, so make
supplication (in this state).”
Aa`ishah, may Allah be pleased with
her, narrates that the Prophet ,
sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allah
exalt his mention ), used to prolong the
prostration to such an extent that one
could recite fifty verses (of the Quran)
before he lifted his head. (Al-Bukhari).
In another Hadeeth narrated by Anas
bin Malik, may Allah be pleased with
him, the Prophet , sallallaahu `alayhi wa
sallam ( may Allah exalt his mention ),
advised Muslims to perform
Ruku’ (bowing) and Sajdah properly.
In another Hadeeth he advised to
perform Sajdah and bowing calmly and
to get up only when the body has come
to ease.
In the supplication for the victory, he
also performed a long bowing (Ruku’)
and Sajdah in the special prayers at the
time of eclipse. Hence, the first positive
effect upon a person who prostrates or
does Sajdah is that he comes nearest to
Allah The Almighty and hence in that
condition he can supplicate. This is a
great psychological advantage and it
gives relief to the person concerned, as
life is full of worries and in this position
he gets at least a transient refuge and
Effect on Muscles
When a person goes to the position of
prostration Sajdah his whole body is in
an active motion. In this position, the
Musalli (the person who offers prayer)
rests his forehead on the ground while
his hands are placed at the sides. This
brings most of the body muscles, if not
all, in active motion and gives them
some exercise.
The hands are then stretched out in a
manner such that the forearm as well as
arm muscles bear the weight in the
Sajdah position. This is good exercise for
the muscles of the upper limbs. The
Prophet , sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam
( may Allah exalt his mention ), in a
Hadeeth advised people not to put the
forearms flatly on the ground but to
keep them elevated above the ground.
From the physical point of view, this is
better for the forearm and arm
Effect on Blood Circulation
Sajdah is a unique position as this is the
only position in which brain (or head)
becomes lower than the heart, and
hence the blood gushes towards the
brain with full force, whereas in all other
positions (even when lying down) the
brain is above the heart when it has to
work against gravity to send blood to
the brain.
In the position of Sajdah, due to the
increased blood supply, the brain
receives more nourishment, which has a
good effect upon memory, vision,
hearing, concentration, psyche and all
other cognitive abilities. People who
offer their prayers regularly may have
stronger willpower and can cope with
the difficulties of life in much better
ways. They are less vulnerable to
headaches, psychological problems and
other disorders of the cognitive
Effect on Neck Muscles
In the unique position of Sajdah the
neck muscles get the best exercise.
They have to bear the load when the
forehead touches the ground; hence,
the neck muscles become stronger. One
can note the tense pressure at the neck
muscles in the position of Sajdah,
specially the active motion of the neck
and the facial muscles when the head is
lifted. (e.g. one inch above the ground)
and it will be observed that they are in
a very active state.
Stronger cervical muscles mean the
cervical vertebra will be better
protected. The strength of the cervical
muscles is important, as the head rests
upon cervical vertebra, supported by
cervical musculature.
In fact, the head performs rotator
movements over the cervical vertebra.
In case of an accident, examination of
the cervical (neck) region is especially
important to physicians.
It is uncommon that a person who
offers his prayers regularly will get
common neck ailments like myalgias or
cervical spondylosis, because the neck
muscles in particular become very
strong due to the 34 Sajdahs offered
daily in five prayers.
Effect on Internal Organs and
The position of the Sajdah is also said to
be a good treatment for the
retroversion of the uterus, a disease of
Most of us do not know that the
position of Sajdah is an excellent
exercise for men. While rising from
Sajdah the perineal muscles pull the
trunk back to sitting position and they
contract actively. Similarly, while getting
up from Sajdah, the perenial muscles
are again actively mobilised and this
gives strengthens the muscles
associated with the male reproductive
The unique position of Sajdah also has
positive effects upon the back muscles
as while going into Sajdah and getting
up from it the back muscle contract
actively and they become stronger.
Probably, it is because of this reason
that a person who is regular in prayers
seldom gets a backache.
After performing Sajdah either the
Musalli stands up or he sits to pray. In
this position the person sits calmly
while his hands rest at his thighs which
are folded backwards. This has a
soothing effect upon one’s health and
mental condition.
Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu `alayhi
wa sallam ( may Allah exalt his
mention ), used to lengthen the position
of Ruku’ (bending) and Sajdah and
advised others to do so, as well. In the
light of the above facts it is appropriate
to say that from the medical point of
view this advice is a golden rule for
In conclusion, we should keep in mind
that prayer is not meant to be an
exercise. However, there are a lot of
medical advantages associated with it.
Still, the best blessing is the peace of
mind, which a person derives by the
accomplishment of his duty to Allah The
Almighty by fulfilling an obligation.

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