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The Ruling on saying the Takbir for Sajdatut-Tilawah

Is Takbir required for Sajdatut-Tilawah in prayer and outside it, and is it required to make the Taslim outside the prayer? I request an explanation, and may Allaah grant you success.

Sajdatut-Tilawah is like the prostration in prayer; and when one prostrates in prayer, at the time of prostration, he should say the Takbir, and when he straightens up, he should say the Takbir. The evidence for this is in the Hadith authentically reported from the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) in which it is said that he used to say the Takbir in prayer at every lowering (i.e. bowing and prostrating) and rising. When he prostrated, he said the Takbir and when he straightened up, he said the Takbir. This is what we were informed by the Companions in the Hadith of Abu Hurairah and others. And this prostration is a prostration of the prayer; this is what is clear from the evidences. However, if one prostrated for Tilawah outside the prayer, no Takbir has been reported except at the beginning of it - this is what is known, as narrated by Abu Dawud and Al-Hakim. As for saying it at the time of rising outside the prayer, neither Takbir nor Taslim have been reported. Some of the scholars have said: The Takbir should be made upon rising and the Taslim should be made also. But nothing has been reported to this effect, therefore, nothing is required of the worshipper except the first Takbir at the time of prostration if it is outside the prayer. And through Allaah is attained success.

Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 2 Page 285
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