Complete Translation of Sunan Abu-Dawud, Book 2:

Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat): Prostration while reciting the Qur'an

Chapter 479: How many places are there in the Qur'an where prostration is required

Book 2, Number 1396:

Narrated Amr ibn al-'As:

The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) taught me fifteen prostrations while reciting the Qur'an, including three in al-Mufassal and two in Surah al-Hajj.

Book 2, Number 1397:

Narrated Uqbah ibn Amir:

I said to the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him): Are there two prostrations in Surah al-Hajj? He replied: Yes; if anyone does not make two prostrations, he should not recite them.

Chapter 480: A view that there is no prostration in Mufassal suras

Book 2, Number 1398:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) did not make a prostration at any verse in al-Mufassal from the time he moved to Medina.

Book 2, Number 1399:

Narrated Zaid b. Thabit:

I recited to the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) Surah al-Najm, but he did not prostrate himself.

Book 2, Number 1400:

This tradition has also been transmitted by Zaid b. Thabit through a different chain of narrators to the same effect.

Abu Dawud said: Zaid was imam (in a prayer) and he did not make a prostration.

Chapter 481: A view that there is prostration in Mufassal suras

Book 2, Number 1401:

Narrated 'Abd Allah (b. Mas'ud):

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) recited Surah al-Najm and prostrate himself. No one remained there who did not prostrate himself. A man from the people took a handful of pebbles or dust and raised it to his face saying: This is enough for me. 'Abd Allah (b. Mas'ud) said: I later saw him killed as an infidel.

Chapter 482: Prostration in Suras Inshiqaq (84) and Iqra' (96)

Book 2, Number 1402:

Narrated Abu Hurairah:

We prostrated along with the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) on the account of: "When the sky is rent asunder" (lxxxiv) and "Recite in the name of the Lord Who reated.(xcvi)"

Book 2, Number 1403:

Narrated Abu Rafi':

I offered the night prayer behind Abu Hurairah. Hr recited Surah Inshiqaq ("When the sky is rent assunder") and prostrated himself. I asked him: What is prostration? He replied: I prostraed myself on the account of this (surah) behind Abu al_Qasim (peace_be_upon_him). I shall continue prostrating on account of this till I meet him.

Chapter 483: Prostration in Sura Sad

Book 2, Number 1404:

Narrated Ibn 'Abbas:

A prostration when reciting Sad is not one of those which are divinely commanded, but I have seen the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) prostrate himself.

Book 2, Number 1405:

Narrated Ali ibn Abu Talib:

When the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) uttered the salutation at the end of the prayer, he used to say: "O Allah, forgive me my former and latter sins, what I have kept secret and what I have done openly, and what I have done extravagance; and what Thou knowest better than I do. Thou art the Advancer, the Delayer, there is no god but Thou"

Chapter 484: If a person listens to a verse in which a prostration occurs, and he is riding (the beast), what should he do?

Book 2, Number 1406:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar:

In the year of Conquest the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) recited a verse at which a prostration should be made and all the people prostrated themselves. Some were mounted, and some were prostrating themselves on the ground, and those who were mounted prostrated themselves on their hands.

Book 2, Number 1407:

Narrated Ibn 'Umar:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) would recite to us a surah (according to the vesion of Ibn Mumair) outside the prayer (the agreed version goes), then we would prostrate along with him, and none of us could find a place for his forehead.

Book 2, Number 1408:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) used to recite the Qur'an to us. When he came upon the verse containing prostration, he would utter the takbir (Allah is most great) and we would prostrate ourselves along with him.

The narrator 'Abd al-Razzaq said: Al-Thawri liked this tradition very much.

Abu Dawud said: This was liked by him for this contains the uttering of takbir

Chapter 485: What should one say when one prostrates?

Book 2, Number 1409:

Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu'minin:

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) prostrated himself at night when reciting the Qur'an. He said repeatedly: My face prostrates itself to Him Who created it and brought forth its hearing and seeing by His might and power.

Chapter 486: When should a person prostrate if he recites a Qur'anic verse containing prostration?

Book 2, Number 1410:

Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar:

Abu Tamimah al-Hujaymi said: When we came to Medina accompanying the caravan, I used to preach after the dawn prayer, and prostrate on account of the recitation of the Qur'an. Ibn Umar prohibited me three times, but I did not cease doing that. He then repeated (his prohibition) saying: I prayed behind the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him), Abu Bakr, Umar and Uthman, they would not prostrate (on account of the recitation of the Qur'an) till the sun had risen.