What is Sujood Ash-Shukr?
As believers, we should be thankful to Allah for all the blessings He has given us. One of the outward signs of thankfulness is “Sujood Ash-Shukr” which means “the prostration of thanks”. If we look into the Seerah [biography] of the Prophet (ﷺ), we will see that whenever something good happened to him, or when he heard a good news, the first thing he would do was to make Sujood Ash-Shukr .
Sujood Ash-Shukr is an outward expression of gratitude – something which the Prophet Muḥammad (ﷺ) used to do on a regular basis. It is an emphasized Sunnah, meaning that if we consider him to be our guide, we should do the same. If we ask ourselves when was the last time we made Sujood Ash-Shukr, we may not even remember. This says that we are disconnected from our faith. This is something which the Prophet (ﷺ), did regularly and we have never done it.
Sujood Ash-Shukr is something that the Prophet (ﷺ) did not make obligatory (Fardh). It is from his Sunnah, but Sunnah is important as well. His example should be our example. The living faith is one in which we follow Prophet Muḥammad (ﷺ) in everything that he did.
A lecture on patience and gratitude: http://www.kalamullah.com/hearts21.html
 Abū Dāwūd, 1999, vol.3, p.1209, no.2774< Back to Questions