Prostration of Gratitude

When the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, used to receive good news, he would prostrate himself (make sujud) and give thanks to Allah. ‘Abdur-Rahman ibn Awf, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated: “The Prophet, peace be upon him, entered upon us in the mosque, stood facing qiblah, then prostrated himself and remained in sujud for a long time. I said to him: ‘O Messenger of Allah, you prostrated yourself for such a long time that we thought Allah had taken your soul.’ He said, ‘Jibril came to me with good news. He told me, “Allah says, ‘Whoever sends blessings on you, I will send sixty blessings on him in return, and whoever salutes you, I will salute him in return,'” so I prostrated myself and gave thanks to Allah. (Recorded in Ahmad)

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