The Sajdah, one of the single greatest gifts an Almighty Lord gives His slaves. An act through which one expresses their complete subservience to the One who gave them all they have and guided them to the best of ways in them. It is the most intimate act through which an unbreakable connection with the Creator is established, such that the righteous servants profess their dire need for their Lord in each and every affair, and the Almighty delights in a way befitting of His Majesty in granting them the very best for them in His Infinite Wisdom.
Often when we reach this lofty station we are faced with a mental block. When once our minds were filled with duʿā’s we wanted to ask Allāh, when the time comes and we obediently present ourselves to Him, much of what we wanted to ask vanishes from the mind.
A tip to maximise the effectiveness of our sajdah duʿā’s, especially during the powerful tahajjud time, is to give each prostration a ‘theme’, so to speak, rather than come unprepared with a set of disjointed, semi-remembered requests. Dedicate a sajdah for example to the following most important aspects of our current and future life:
The “Ākhirah” Sajdah
Ask for steadfastness during the questioning of the grave and to be saved from its punishments. Ask for safety on Qiyāmah, to be saved from Hell and to be entered into Jannah without reckoning (always aim high with conviction). Ask to be put under the shade of the Throne on the day there will be no shade except His. Ask to be saved from the great terrors of that long and arduous Day and to be saved from humiliation and given honour instead. Ask to cross the Sirāt (the bridge over Hell) in the blink of an eye and to have the brightest of lights over it. Consider this “Ākhirah Sajdah” as the most important one. Ensure it comes first as, without doubt, regardless of the trials you face in your life, they will be forgotten and will pale in comparison to the horrors of ākhirah for the one who is not saved.
The “Dīn” Sajdah
Ask for steadfastness in the Dīn for you, your family and your believing friends. Ask for the strength to continue in worship until your final breath and to increase in worship both in quantity and quality. Ask for high īmān and to be saved from the dangers of low īmān. Ask for a close connection with the Qur’ān, to understand and benefit from its verses fully and for a soft heart that absorbs its messages without arrogance or ignorance.
The “Dunya” Sajdah
Ask Allāh to grant you what you desire of the good and permissible of this world. Supplicate for your family, alive and deceased. Ask for a righteous spouse, halāl income, a strong body, a heart that beats with taqwa, righteous children, acceptance of repentance, acceptance of charity and good deeds, relief from grief, anxiety, hardships and whatever trials you are going through as well as the strength to the endure them patiently.
The “Ummah” Sajdah
Ask Allāh to remove the afflictions and trials placed upon us collectively and to ask for relief for our brothers and sisters suffering in various parts of the world. This sajdah truly is a sign of a living heart.
Though we all know the above mentioned are important things which we must ask for, the reality is that days will pass and we have not supplicated for any of them. We may even dedicate frequent tweets and Facebook posts to each one but lack in our own personal supplication. Even worse, we may even rely solely on our own efforts in achieving the above, knowing full well that it is Allāh alone who gives one the ability for success in any of the aforementioned. Allāh loves to see subservience, and so may He allow us to be subservient until our last breath.
“O mankind! Remember the Grace of Allāh upon you! Is there any creator other than Allāh who provides for you from the sky and the earth? None has the right to be worshipped but He! How then are you turning away (from Him)?”
 Al-Qur’ān, 35:3