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What do the horizontal lines above the words "walillahi yasjudu" mean?

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Some verses in the Quran when recited require sajda/prostration called
Sujud-Tilawa/Sajda tilawat (prostration of recitation), the indication of this is ۩ or at the left/right side of the page, parallel to the verse ساجدة/سجدة is written. There is difference of opinion on whether it is wajib (essential) or mustahab (better).

These Sujud-Tilawa occur in these verses of the Quran:

  • Surah Al A’Raf (7) Ayat 206
  • Surah Al Ra’d (13) Ayat 15
  • Surah Al Nahl (16) Ayat 50
  • Surah Bani Israil (17) Ayat 109
  • Surah Maryum (19) Ayat 58
  • Surah Al Haj (22) Ayat 18
  • Surah Al Haj (22) Ayat 77 (Shafi)
  • Surah Al Farqan (25) Ayat 60
  • Surah Al Naml (27) Ayat 26
  • Surah As Sajdah (32) Ayat 15
  • Surah Sa’d (38) Ayat 24 (Hanafi)
  • Surah Hamim Sajdah (41) Ayat 38
  • Surah Al Najam (53) Ayat 62
  • Surah Inshiqaq (84) Ayat 21
  • Surah Al Alaq (96) Ayat 19

The dashes above/below some words of verses indicate the reason of sajda-tilawat.

You can see all these dashes by searching ۩ in quran.com.

Reasons of Sujud-Tilawa

  • Disbelievers didn't prostate to Allah, so the believers prostate to Allah.
  • The rightious and noble servants prostated to Allah, so the believers also prostate to Allah.
  • Everything willingly/unwillingly prostates to Allah.
  • Believers prostate to Allah, when Allah commanded(s) not to worship sun/moon.
  • Allah commands believers/Muhammad (saw) to prostate.
  • Some one worshiped/worships false deity(s) of Islam instead of Allah, so believers prostate to Allah.

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