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Allah Has clearly ordered us in Quran ( Sura 59, Verse 7) to follow the Prophet (SAWA) , and the Prophet (SAWA) never prostrated on carpet but only on the clay or earth and said ( Earth was made for me as a place of prostration and purification) جُعِلَت ليَ الأرضُ مسجدا وَطَهررا)

We Shia, prostrate on the clay (Turba) simply because we follow the Prophet (SAWA).



Yes, it is permissible to put your forehead in prostration on the side of the Turbah (Mahr or Sajdagah) which has writing on it.


Looking at the name of Allah is allowed during praying. It is recommended to look at the place of Sojood ( Turbah) when you are standing in Prayers.


Shia Muslims follow the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) in every matter in religion and it is a confirmed fact among all the Sunni and Shia scholars that the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) never prayed on a carpet nor put his forehead in prayers but only on earth.  He openly said (The earth was made for me as place of prostration ( Sojood) and source of purification (Tayammum). جُعِلَت لي الأرضُ مسجداً وطَهوراً

This Hadeeth was narrated in Bukhari 438 and Muslim 521 and many other Sunni books of Hadeeth.

This confirms that the Shia practice in the real Prophetic practice.