73. Reason for the Prostration of Gratitude

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حدثنا محمد بن ابراهيم بن اسحاق الطالقاني رضى الله عنه قال: حدثنا احمد بن محمد بن سعيد الكوفي قال حدثنا علي بن الحسن بن علي بن فضال، عن أبي الحسن الرضا (ع) قال: السجدة بعد الفريضة شكرا لله تعالى ذكره على ما وفق العبد من اداء فرضه وادنى ما يجزى فيها من القول ان يقال شكرا لله شكرا لله ثلاث مرات، قلت: فما معنى قوله شكرا لله؟ قال: يقول هذه السجدة منى شكرا لله على ما وفقني له من خدمته واداء فرضه والشكر موجب للزيادة فان كان في الصلاة تقصير تم بهذه السجدة.


1. Muhammad Bin Ibrahim Bin Is’haq Al Talaqany narrated to us, from Ahmad Bin Muhammad Bin Saeed Al Kufy, from Ali Bin Al Hassan Bin Ali Bin Fazaal, Abu Al-Hassan Al-Reza (asws) has said: ‘The Prostration after the Obligatory, is for thanking Allah (azwj), Elevated is His (azwj) Mention, upon what the servant was inclined towards from the fulfilment of his Obligatory (Prayer) and the lowest of what suffices with regards to it from the speech is that he should say, ‘Thanks be to Allah (azwj)! Thanks be to Allah (azwj)! three times’. I said, ‘So what is the Meaning of his words, ‘Thanks be to Allah (azwj)’?’ He (asws) said: ‘He would be saying, ‘This is the Prostration from me, as thanks to Allah (azwj) upon what He (azwj) has Inclined me towards from serving Him (azwj), and fulfilling His (azwj) Obligations’; and the thanks Obligates the increase, so if there was any deficiency in the Prayer, it would be completed by this Prostration’.