When Ibliss, was threatening to mislead the offspring of Adam (pbuh), he said: "Then I will come to them from before them and from behind them, and on their right and on their left, and You will not find most of them grateful [to You]” (7:17). Although filled with envy, hatred and threatening to lead astray the children of Adam, Ibliss could not dare to threaten to assault the children of Adam (pbuh) from above and from beneath. And if he did, he could never be able to do it, because Allah (swt) reserved the above side for His Mercy to descend on His servants and be at the reach of whoever seeks it. And He (swt) reserved the beneath side for the servant to draw near to Allah (swt) with the special gift of Sujud (prostration).
Indeed the Sujud is:
- the sign of being chosen by Allah to be showered with His blessings. Allah (swt) commanded Maryam (pbuh) to bow down and prostarte to Him (swt) after revealing to her that she was chosen: ”And [mention] when the angels said, "O Mary, indeed Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds. O Mary, be devoutly obedient to your Lord and prostrate and bow with those who bow [in prayer]"(3:42-43). The same goes for everyone who believes sincerely in Allah (swt). Allah (swt) addresses the believers, saying: "O you who have believed, bow and prostrate and worship your Lord and do good - that you may succeed. And strive for Allah with the striving due to Him. He has chosen you and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty” (22:77-78).
- a source of strength, honor and integrity. When the magicians of Firoun (Pharoah), were blessed with accepting the truth, they were gifted with an amazing courage with which they faced the tyranny of Firoun. After tasting the sweetness of the deep Sujud, “So the magicians fell down in prostration [to Allah ]. They said, ‘We have believed in the Lord of the worlds, the Lord of Musa (Moses) and Harun (Aaron).’ [Pharaoh] said, ‘You believed Moses before I gave you permission. Indeed, he is your leader who has taught you magic, but you are going to know. I will surely cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides, and I will surely crucify you all.’ They replied, ’No harm. Indeed, to our Lord we will return’” (26:47-50).
- a catalyst for the firmness on the path and nourishment for the trust in Allah (swt). When the Prophet (pbuh), was threatened to be persecuted if he continues to prostrate to Allah (swt) by the Kaaba, Allah (swt) revealed to him “Let him (Abu Jahl) beware! If he desist not, We will drag him by the forelock – a lying, sinning forelock. Then, let him call upon his council (of helpers). We will call on the angels of punishment (to deal with him)! No! Do not obey him. But prostrate and draw near [to Allah ]” (96:15-19).
- a source of tranquility and joy. Indeed, the more the servant is close to Allah (swt) the more the bliss will be submerging him/her. Is it not in the state of Sujud that the servant is nearest to Allah (swt)? Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The servant is nearest to his Lord during prostration, so increase your supplications therein.”
In regard to the blissful impact of the Sujud on the servants of Allah, the name of the Masjid itself is derived in fact from Sujud. It was established to drive this blissfulness within the entire community. When the Masjid truly embraces the exhaustive mission of Sujud, it becomes then the source of prosperity and healthy development. It becomes, as it always was in the first generations, the niche of the light of Allah, the home of the bounties of Allah, the gate of the Mercy of Allah. It becomes the engine for bringing hearts together, purifying souls and unifying the rows. It becomes an edifice of spreading knowledge and a home of strengthening values.
No community can be successful and prosperous without such a Masjid. And we have in the Prophet (pbuh) the best of examples. The first thing he established in Madina was the Masjid!