Prostration related to reading Qur'an

Q528 :It is well known that prayer is discouraged after one has offered the obligatory prayer of Asr, until the sun has set, and after one has prayed Fajr until the sun has gained some height in the sky. If a person is reciting a passage of the Qur'an at either time and happens to read a verse which requires a prostration, can he offer that prostration?

A528 : Since a prostration, i.e. sujood, is part of prayer, it is treated in the same way as ordinary prayer. Therefore, if you are reciting the Qur'an and reach a verse of the ones when a prostration is recommended, you should not do that prostration, according to a large number of scholars. However, I should explain that to offer such a prostration is recommended, not obligatory. It can be replaced by the glorification and praising of Allah. According to some schools of thought, if you are unable to do the prostration when you reach such a verse, you can say instead: "Subhan Allah, Alhamdulillah, Allahu Akbar" three or four times. Even if you do not do that, you are only omitting something that is recommended.

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