The Mother of the Believers Aaishah [RA] said: I noticed that the Messenger of Allaah [SAWS] was not there and he had been with me in my bed. I found him prostrating, with his heels together and his toes turned towards the qiblah, and I heard him saying, “I seek refuge in Your pleasure from Your wrath, and in Your forgiveness from Your punishment, and in You from You; I praise you and I cannot praise You enough.”
[Sahih – IslamQA]
Keeping the feet together is a sunnah of the Prophet [SAWS] that is proven from this hadith. So when we go into a sajdah, we should put our feet together while ensuring that the thighs and knees stay apart, like in this picture below:
Difference of Opinion
There is a difference of scholarly opinion on this issue. There are two opinions: feet should be apart and feet should be together.
Al-Nawawi [RA] said:
Al-Shaafa’i and his companions said: It is mustahabb for the one who is prostrating to keep his knees and feet apart.
The scholars who hold this opinion say that since it is mustahabb (recommended) to keep the knees and thighs apart when prostrating, then the feet should follow the knees and thighs. Thus, the basic principle is that they should be kept apart too.
ibn Uthaymeen [RA] said:
What appears to be the case from the Sunnah is that the feet should be kept together, i.e., touching one another, as it says in al-Saheeh, in the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah when she noticed that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was not here, and her hand alighted on the soles of his feet which were held upright as he was prostrating.
One hand could not alight upon both feet unless they were held together.
That is also mentioned in Saheeh Ibn Khuzaymah, in the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah mentioned above: The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was holding his heels together.
Based on this, the Sunnah is for the feet to be kept together, unlike the thighs and hands.
Along with Sh. ibn Uthaymeen [RA], Sh. Al-Albani [RA] also holds this opinion.
Since the hadith of Aaishah [RA] is authentic and since it clearly indicates that the feet of the Prophet [SAWS] were together as he was in sajdah, we can conclude that this is a practice of the Prophet [SAWS] and thus we should try to follow and imitate him [SAWS] in this matter.
WAllaho ‘alam – Allah knows best.
- Revive the Sunnah: put your feet together whenever you go into sujood. Make sure, though, that the knees and the thighs are apart.
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