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الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): لا يُقَرِّبُ مِنَ اللّه‏ِ سبحانَهُ إلّا كَثرَةُ السُّجودِ والرُّكوعِ.

Nothing can bring about proximity to Allah, Glory be to Him, except an abundance of prostration (sujud) and bowing (ruku`a).
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 10888; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 749

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): السُّجودُ مُنتَهى العِبادَةِ مِن بَني آدَمَ.

Prostration is the highest degree of worship that man can perform
Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.)
al-Da`awat, p. 33, no. 70; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 749

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ لَمّا قالَ لَهُ سعيدُ بنُ يسارٍ: أدعُو وأنا راكِعٌ أو ساجِدٌ ؟ ـ: نَعَم اُدْعُ وأنتَ ساجِدٌ ، فإنَّ أقرَبَ ما يَكونُ العَبدُ إلى اللّه‏ِ وهُو ساجِدٌ ، اُدْعُ اللّه‏َ عزّوجلّ لِدُنياكَ وآخِرَتِكَ.

Supplicate while prostrating for verily the nearest the servant can ever be to Allah is in the state of prostration, so supplicate Allah for your worldly needs as well as for your life in the Hereafter
Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 85, p. 131, no. 6; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 749

رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): إذا أرَدتَ أن يَحشُرَكَ اللّه‏ُ مَعي فَأطِلِ السُّجودَ بينَ يَدَي اللّه‏ِ الواحِدِ القَهّارِ.

If you want Allah to raise you [on the Day of Resurrection] with me, then prolong your prostration to Allah the One, the all-Conqueror.
Holy Prophet Muhammad al Mustafā (s.a.w.w.)
Bihar al-Anwar, p. 164, no. 12; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 750

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): أطِيلُوا السُّجودَ ، فما مِن عَمَلٍ أشَدَّ على إبليسَ مِن أن يَرَى ابنَ آدَمَ ساجِداً ، لأ نّهُ اُمِرَ بالسُّجودِ فَعَصى.

Prolong your prostration, for there is no act more agonizing for Iblis [Satan] than to see man in the state of prostration, for he himself was once commanded to prostrate but refused to do so
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
al-Khisal, p. 616, no. 10; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 750

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): إنّ قَوماً أتَوا رسولَ اللّه‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) فقالوا: يا رسولَ اللّه‏ِ، اضمَن لَنا على رَبِّكَ الجَنَّةَ ، فقالَ: على أن تُعِينُونِي بِطُولِ السُّجودِ .

A group of people once came to the Prophet (SAWA) saying, 'O Prophet of Allah, ask your Lord to secure us a place in Paradise', to which he replied, 'As long as you assist me with lengthy prostrations.
Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.)
Amali al-Tusi, p. 664, no. 1389; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 750

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): كانَ عليُّ بنُ الحسينِ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ... إذا سَجَدَ لَم يَرفَعْ رَأسَهُ حتّى يَرْفَضَّ عَرَقاً.

When Ali b. al-Husayn [i.e. Imam Zayn al-Abidin] (AS) used to go down in prostration, he would not raise his head up again until he was dripping with sweat
Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 85, p. 137, no. 17; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 750

الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): إنّي لأكرَهُ للرَّجُلِ أن تُرى جَبهَتُهُ جَلحاءَ لَيسَ فيها شيءٌ مِن أثَرِ السُّجودِ.

I hate it for a man to have a smooth forehead not having any trace of prostration on it.
Amir al-Mu'minin Imām ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 71, p. 344, no. 4; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 750

الإمامُ الباقرُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): كانَ لأبِي (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) في مَوضِعِ سُجودِهِ آثارٌ ناتِيةٌ ، وكانَ يَقطَعُها في السَّنَةِ مَرَّتَينِ ، في كُلِّ مَرّةٍ خَمسَ ثَفِناتٍ فَسُمِّيَ ذا الثَّفِناتِ لذلكَ.

My father (AS) used to have protruding marks from prostration on his forehead, which he used to cut twice a year, and every time he would do so, he would scrape off five calluses, and came to be nicknamed 'the one with calluses
Imām Muhammad ibn ‘Alī al-Baqir (a.s.)
Ellal al-Shara’ie, p. 233, no. 1; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 751

الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): السُّجودُ على تُربَةِ الحُسينِ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) يَخرُقُ الحُجُبَ السَّبعَ .

Prostrating on the earth from al-Husayn (AS)'s grave pierces the seven veils.
Imām Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sādiq (a.s.)
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 85, p. 153, no. 14; Mizan ul Hikmah, page No. 751