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f:384 -    Lifting both feet off the ground in prostration
Country : Kandahar, Maharashtra, India,
Name : Shujauddin
Question:     While performing the Sajdah, some people end up lifting both their feet.  If both the feet are lifted then is the Sajdah valid or not?  What does the Shariah say about this?

Answer:     While prostrating, it is necessary that the face (the forehead and the nose), both the palms, both knees and both feet touch the ground.  Out of these, the forehead and at least 1 finger of any foot is Obligatory (Fardh).

The meaning of the word "Sajdah" is to bow with humility and to touch the forehead to the ground.  The prostration is to respect and bow to the greatness of the Lord Almighty Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) and lifting both legs off the ground is more akin to some kind of play than respect, which is against the spirit of respect.  As given in Radd Ul Muhtaar, Vol. 1, Pg. No: 330.

Imam Rafa'i (May Allah shower His mercy on him) has written in At Tahreer Al Mukhtaar Li Radd Ul Muhtaar:

Touching 1 finger of any foot is enough to complete the Obligation, as if in the prostration, if both the feet are lifted off the ground and not even 1 finger of any foot is not on the ground then the prostration will not be correct as per the Shariah and the Salaat will be rendered invalid.  (At Tahreer Al Mukhtaar Li Radd Ul Muhtaar, Vol. 1, Pg. No: 56)

And Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala) knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]

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