Sayings of the Most Celebrated Perfect Gnostic
The most celebrated perfect Gnostic Mirza Javad Agha Maliki Tabrizi writes:
"The Holy prophet (s.a.w) through his repeated recommendations has emphasized the importance of prolonged prostration, which indeed is an extremely important matter. Prolonged prostration is the most nearest aspect of servanthood, and it is because of this consideration that two prostrations have been incorporated in each unit of prayer. About the prolonged prostration of Sinless Imams (a.s) of the prophet's progeny and their Shiites, many traditions have been narrated.
In the one of his prolonged prostration Imam al-Sajjad (A.S.) has repeated the following invocation one thousand times:
(La illaha illahi haqan haqqa,la illaha illahi taubdan wa riqqa,la illaha illahi Imanaan wa sadqa)
About Imam al-Kazim (a.s) it has been reported that some times he prolonged his prostration from morning until noon, and similar incidents have been narrated about his companions namely: Ibne abi Amir. Jamil, and Kharbouz.
"During my stay in Najafi-Ashraf I had a learned pious scholar who was a Marja-Taqlid for religious students. I once ask him: What special act have you tried in your own life which is affective for a wayfarer in his spiritual Gnostic journey?' He replied:
To prolong the prostration during a period of twenty four hours and reciting of invocation:
(La illahi illa ant Subhanaka Inni Kunto min as Zalimin).
"There is no God save Thee. Be Thou Glorified. Lo! I have been a wrong doer."
While reciting this invocation he must pay attention to the fact that God- Almighty is for inviolable to oppress me rather I am the one who have oppressed my own self and have blamed Him for that.
"My teacher recommended this prostration to those who were interested in gnostic journey, and those who performed it obtained good results especially, those who prolonged it more. Some of them repeated this invocation in prostration one thousand times, some of them a little more or less and about some of them I heard that they repeated it three thousands times in their prostration.
Source: Al-Moraqebat, p-122.