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Are The Prostrations for Forgetfulness Done Before or After the Salaam?


Questioner: A person catches one rak’ah of Fajr prayer, but he forgetfully gives salaam along with the Imaam, should the prostrations for forgetfulness be done before or after the salaam?

Al-Albaani: [Firstly] he doesn’t prostrate for forgetfulness until he has separated from the Imaam. When he forgets if he wants to he can prostrate before the salaam or after it, the well-known elaboration that if he added something to the prayer then it is … after and vice-versa, some of the hadiths serve as evidence for this elaboration but when all of them are brought together it becomes clear that the person who is forgetful in his prayer has the option of either giving salaam [and then prostrating] and that is better outright, or if he wants to he can give salaam after he finishes the prostrations for forgetfulness.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 259.

Al-Albaani Asked: When Does One Perform the Prostrations of Forgetfulness [Sujood as-Sahw], Before or After Salaam?


Questioner: What is the most correct opinion regarding the prostrations of forgetfulness? [Should they be done] before or after [the salaam]?

Al-Albaani: Both are allowed.

Questioner: And the hadith in which the Prophet ﷺ said, “For each forgetfulness there are two prostrations after giving the salutation?” [Saheeh Abu Dawud, no. 954, Hasan]

Al-Albaani: There are other hadiths which permit the prostration before the salaam, and that is why I said both are allowed.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 338.

If Someone Finishes the Tashhahud and Then Remembers that He Only Prostrated Once, What Should He Do?

Questioner: If someone finishes the tashhahud and then remembers that he only prostrated once, what should he do?

Al-Albaani: He carries out the second prostration and then reads the tashahhud again and after that does the prostrations of forgetfulness [sujood as-sahw].

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 96.

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