Good Deed:#59 Reply to someone that sneezes

Narrated Anas bin Malik: Two men sneezed before the Prophet. The Prophet said to one of them, “May Allah bestow His Mercy on you,” but he did not say that to the other. On being asked (why), the Prophet said, “That one praised Allah (at the time of sneezing), while the other did not praise Allah.” Bukhari 8:73:240

Narrated Al-Bara: The Prophet ordered us to do seven (things) and forbade us from seven (other things): He ordered us to pay a visit to the sick, to follow funeral possessions, to say: May Allah be merciful to you to a sneezer, – if he says: Praise be to Allah, to accept invitation (invitation to a wedding banquet), to return greetings, to help the oppressed, and to help others to fulfill their oaths (provided it was not sinful). And he forbade us from seven (things): to wear golden rings or golden bangles, to wear silk (cloth), Dibaj, Sundus and Mayathir. Bukhari 8:73:241

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, “Allah likes sneezing and dislikes yawning, so if someone sneezes and then praises Allah, then it is obligatory on every Muslim who heard him, to say: May Allah be merciful to you (Yar-hamuka-l-lah). But as regards yawning, it is from Satan, so one must try one’s best to stop it, if one says ‘Ha’ when yawning, Satan will laugh at him.” Bukhari 8:73:242

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, ” If anyone of you sneezes, he should say ‘Al-Hamdulillah’ (Praise be to Allah), and his (Muslim) brother or companion should say to him, ‘Yar-hamuka-l-lah’ (May Allah bestow his Mercy on you). When the latter says ‘Yar-hamuka-llah”, the former should say, ‘Yahdikumul-lah wa Yuslih balakum’ (May Allah give you guidance and improve your condition).” Bukhari 8:73:243

Whenever our beloved Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam sneezed, he should cover his face with his hands or with a piece of cloth, so that the sound of the sneeze could not be heard too loudly. (Tirmidhi)

Narrated byAbuHurayrah Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: When Allah created Adam and breathed the spirit into him he sneezed and said, “Praise be to Allah.” So he praised Allah by His permission and his Lord said to him, “Allah have mercy on you, Adam. .. Tirmidhi. 4662


Good Manners & Etiquette – Sneezing in Islam

Action Plan

1. When you sneeze cover your mouth and nose with your hand or piece of cloth
2. Say Alhamdulillah loudly.
3. If you hear someone sneezing and hear them say Alhamdulillah reply by saying Yar-hamuka-llah
4. The person that sneezes should respond by saying ‘Yahdikumul-lah wa Yuslih balakum’

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