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Q&A #3: Ḏikr While Lying Down

Question: My position — always — after I perform Ṣalāh is me half laying on a pillow and doing ḏikr. The question is is it okay if I do this? I may take at least 15 mins for ḏikr. And i have spine problem. If I sit for too long, I will get hurt. My back will. I asked it before if I’m not mistaken. But i want to make sure. I just feel like I’m not respecting Allāh when praising Him in this position and anxious if He wont accept my ḏikr. But this is all I can do.


Question: Is it permissible to recite the Qurʾān while laying down on the bed, and what do you advise to do if there comes a verse of prostration?
هل يجوز للإنسان أن يقرأ القرآن وهو مضطجع على السرير، وكيف تنصحونه إذا مر بآية سجود؟

Answer: Yes there is no problem with reciting the Qurʾān while standing, sitting, making prostration, or laying down due to the Statement of Allāh:
نعم، يقرأ القرآن قائماً، وقاعداً، وساجداً، قائماً وجالساً، ومضجعاً، لا بأس أن يقرأ؛ لقوله -جل وعلا-:
{Who remember Allāh while standing or sitting or (lying) on their sides} [Alī ‘Imrān 3:191]
(الَّذِينَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللّهَ قِيَامًا وَقُعُودًا وَعَلَىَ جُنُوبِهِمْ)،
And His statement: {And when you have completed the prayer, remember Allāh standing, sitting, or (lying) on your sides} [Al-Nisāʾ 4:103]
وقوله –سبحانه-: (فَإِذَا قَضَيْتُمُ الصَّلاَةَ فَاذْكُرُواْ اللّهَ قِيَامًا وَقُعُودًا وَعَلَى جُنُوبِكُمْ)،

This is from the blessings of Allāh and He has made it easy for us, and the Qurʾān is the greatest remembrance.

فهذا من نعم الله ومن تيسره -سبحانه وتعالى-، والقرآن من أعظم الذكر

So if one were to recite the Qurʾān while laying down then there is no sin in that, and the same goes if he was sitting. If he passes by a verse of prostration then, if he wishes he can, stand and make prostration or sit and make prostration.

فإذا قرأه مضطجع، فلا حرج في ذلك، وهو جالس لا حرج في ذلك، وإذا مر به السجدة قام وسجد جلس وسجد إن شاء؛
That is because the sujūd (prostration) is not compulsory, rather it is mustaḥab (a highly recommended sunnah).
لأن السجود ليس بواجب سنة مستحبة.

Shaykh ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz bin ʿAbd Allāh bin Bāz / ابن باز


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