SAJDA OF THANKFULNESS
Sajda means total, respectful submission of oneself to Allah.
“And from among His Signs are the night and the day, and the sun and the moon.
Prostrate yourselves neither to the sun nor to the moon,
but prostrate yourselves to Allah Who created them, if you (really) worship Him.” (41:37)
The above verse clearly mentions that there is no real worship without Sajda. This helps us understand why there is no Namaz without a Sajda. From Adam AS to Prophet Mohammed PBUH , every Prophet or Messenger has performed Sajda either in forgiveness or in thankfulness. Was this Sajda of thankfulness obligatory on them?
I would say yes, and will present a verse from The Holy Quran for my reasoning.
“Then I will certainly come to them from before them and from behind them,
and from their right-hand side and from their left-hand side;
and Thou shalt not find most of them thankful.” (7:17)
In the Holy Quran, Allah SWT clearly defines the people who will be following Satan. Those people are the ones who are not thankful to Allah SWT. All the Prophets or Messengers that were sent to the people were thankful. Keeping this in mind, we could say that it was an obligation on all of them because not doing the Sajda of thankfulness would put them directly under the category of those people who follow Satan.
The Sajda of thankfulness was so much liked by Allah SWT, that He made the timings of our five daily obligatory prayers coincide with the timings of the Sajdas of thankfulness done by the previous Prophets. Prophet Mohammed PBUH, used to make a Sajda of thankfulness whenever he heard good news. This Sajda of thankfulness was never mentioned as obligatory by Allah SWT, but it was performed by all the Prophets and Messengers as an obligation upon themselves towards Allah SWT.
Since our religion is complete, anything stressed for practice will be on the basis of the Holy Quran and practices of Prophet Mohammed PBUH. The Holy Quran is filled with commands from Allah SWT, for instance Zikrullah. It is mentioned in the same way as the command to perform the five Farz. Following the five Farz is enough for anyone to be considered Muslim, but for that same person to be transformed into a Momin, he has to follow all the commands of Allah SWT that have been mentioned in the Holy Quran and which were followed by Prophet Mohammed PBUH.
As Mahdavis, what and when should WE consider that our Imam Mahdi AS performed the Sajda of thankfulness? Undoubtedly that will be the Night of Lailatul Qadar. On this night, Allah revealed the night of Qadar to Mahdi AS and ordered Him to perform two rakat prayer of thankfulness. What should we consider this prayer/ Sajda of thankfulness on Imam Mahdi AS from Allah? The fact that Allah had not ordered any of the previous Prophets or the Messengers to perform the Sajda of thankfulness, they performed it as an obligation, while Mahdi AS was ordered to do so is enough to say that this is an obligatory act. If Mahdi AS did not consider this as an obligation then Mahdi AS would have been considered as the one who is not thankful to Allah for revealing this Night of Power to him. If we consider him to be thankful then we should consider this fact that he performed two rakat prayer of thankfulness as an obligation on him from Allah. Since accepting Imam Mahdi AS is an obligation on everyone, then shouldn’t we consider his words and actions as an obligation on everyone?
Since there are differences in every community, we are no different. There have been individuals in our community who have a different opinion about this Namaz. They do not consider this Namaz as obligatory but as thankfulness/shukrana. They insist this Namaz to be called as “Shukrana.” Unknowingly, they have raised a very serious question regarding our five times daily obligatory Namaz.
These questions are:
Since Namaz is one of the obligatory acts of the five obligations, and is supposed to be performed five times daily, do you believe it just as an obligatory act, or do you also think there is thankfulness in it?
If you believe it to be just an obligatory act, do you think your belief can take away the thankfulness from it?
In the same way if you are insisting those two rakat Namaz of Lailatul Qadar is a Shukrana, will it take away the obligation that it has on you towards your Allah?
Think over these questions. They not only relate to Lailatul Qadar, but also help us understand how we perform your daily obligatory prayers.
The hidden meaning of Sajda/prostration also means acceptance.
The belief of these so called “Mahdavis” is such that, they accept Hazrat Syed Mohammed Jaunpuri as Mahdi AS, but on the other hand, they do not accept most of his teachings. They want us to consider them as Mahdavis on the bases of their acceptance, while they consider our Tasbih and Bahr-e-aam/Nanriza as BIDATH. They willingly forget that Mahdi AS has given permission for this Tasbih and had performed the first Bahr-e-aam. On one hand, they call themselves Mahdavis, and on the other hand they label our Imam as an innovator of Bidaths. Are we supposed to accept them as Mahdavis? They keep reminding us on every instance that Mahdi AS said “Tasdiq-e-Banda Amal Ast” which means “accepting me is practicing (faith),” but they forget that Mahdi AS also said: “Tasdiq- e- banda Beenae- e- Khuda Ast,” which means “accepting me is vision of Allah.” When we try to remind them of this saying they turn their faces away from us as if we are preaching Shirk to them. How do you think we could seek vision of Allah in this world with that kind of acceptance and the denial of those sayings which are in correlation of the vision of Allah?
AL QURAN WAL MAHDI IMAMUNA AMANNA WA SADAQNA