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    Sajda and its medical advantages

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    Sajda has plenty of medical advantages ~

    Sajda is a unique position or stance in the regular prayers,
    which a Muslim is supposed to offer at least five times a day. Although the
    basic purpose of obligatory prayers is not to provide an exercise for people
    yet it is being increasingly recognized that it has plenty of medical
    advantages for the human body.

    Here it is worth mentioning that Holy Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him)
    has mentioned in a hadith in Ibn Maja
    'That prayer is a cure for many diseases'.
    The position of Sajda in which the forehead touches the ground is
    associated with the Muslim form of prayer. It is the climax of a Muslim's
    prayer and as mentioned in a Hadith a Muslim is nearest to Allah in this

    The messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:
    "The nearest a servant comes to his Lord is when he is prostrating himself,
    so make supplication' (in this state)" In a Hadith narrated by Anas bin
    (R) Holy Prophet (pbuh) advised Muslims to perform Rukuu (bowing) and Sajda

    In another Hadith he (pbuh) advised to perform Sajda and Bowing calmly and
    get up only when the body has come to ease. Hence the first positive effect
    upon a person who prostrates or does Sajda is that he comes nearest to Allah
    and hence in that condition he can supplicate.

    psychological advantage

    This is a great psychological advantage and it gives relief to
    the person concerned as life is full of worries and in this position he gets
    at least a transient refuge from the agonizing problems.

    When a person goes to the position of prostration, Sajda, his whole body is
    in active motion. This position can be considered as a mini dive as the
    musalli (one who offers prayer) goes to rest his forehead on the ground
    his hands are placed at the sides. This brings most of the body muscles if
    not all in active motion and serves to give them some exercise.
    The hands are then specifically stretched out and thence the forearm as well
    as arm muscles are supposed to bear the weight in the Sajda position. It
    gives good exercise to the muscles of the upper limb. The Prophet (pbuh) in
    hadith advised not to put the forearms flatly on the ground but to keep them
    elevated above ground and this is better for the forearm and arm muscles.

    Sajda is a unique position as this is the only position in which
    brain (or head) becomes lower than the heart and hence for the first time
    blood gushes towards the brain with full force whereas in all other
    (even when lying) brain is above the heart when it has to work against
    gravity to send blood to the brain. In the position of Sajda due to the
    increased blood supply the brain receive more nourishment and it has good
    effect upon memory, vision, hearing, concentration, psyche and all other
    cognitive abilities.

    People who offer their prayers regularly have more will power and can cope
    with the difficulties of life in a much better manner.

    They have less incidence of headaches, psychological problems and other
    defects of cognitive function. In the unique position of Sajda the neck
    muscles get best exercise. They have to bear the load when the forehead lies
    at the ground hence the neck muscles become stronger. One can note the tense
    pressure at the neck muscles in the position of Sajda specially the active
    motion of the neck and the facial muscles when the head is being lifted.
    (e.g. one inch above the ground) and it will be noticed that they are in a
    very active motion.

    More strong cervical muscles mean the cervical vertebra will be
    better protected. Strength of cervical muscles is important as the head
    upon cervical vertebra supported by cervical musculature. In fact head
    performs rotator movements over the cervical vertebra. In any accident
    cervical neck examination is especially important to the physicians because
    of its extraordinary importance.
    It is uncommon that a person who offers his prayers regularly will get the
    usual neck myalgias or cervical spondylosis as the neck muscles particularly
    become very strong due to the 34 sajdas offered daily in five prayers.

    The unique position of Sajda also has positive effects
    upon the back muscles as while going into Sajda and
    getting up from it the back muscle contract actively and they become
    stronger. Probably it is because of this reason that a person who is regular
    in prayers will (rarely) get backache.

    Finally it must be reminded that
    (even though) prayer is not meant to be an exercise, there are a lot of
    medical advantages associated with it. Still the best blessing is the peace
    of mind, which a person derives by the accomplishment of his duty to Allah
    fulfilling an obligation.

    Jitna Diya Sarkar Nay Mujko, Itni Meri Auqat Nahi, Yeh Saab Tumhara Karam Hai Aqa, Mujh Mein Aisi Koi Baat Nahin.

    It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.
    Rabul MashriqaiN wal MaghribaiN