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Ever wondered why it is a sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to say Alhamdulillah after sneezing? We are going to share 6 reasons behind it.
6 Etiquettes of Sneezing in Islam
There are certain etiquettes of saying Alhamdulillah after sneezing;
1- At the time of sneezing, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ used to cover his face with his hand or with his garment, and muffle the sound with it. – Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2745
2- Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “When one of you sneezes he should say Alhamdulillah الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ“. – Riyad as-Salihin 879
3- Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “When a Muslim sneezes and says Alhamdulillah, it becomes obligatory on others who listen to him to say Yarhamuk-Allah يَرْحَمُكَ اللَّهُ.” – Riyad as-Salihin 878
4- Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “When someone says Yarḥamukallāh to you then you should say يَهْدِيكُمُ اللَّهُ وَيُصْلِحُ بَالَكُمْ. – Hisn al-Muslim 188
5- Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: Reply three times to the sneezing person with Yarhamuk-Allah يَرْحَمُكَ اللَّهُ. If he (sneezes) more, no need to reply. – Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2744
6- No need to say Yarhamuk-Allah if the person who sneezes does not say Alhamdulillah. – Sunan Ibn Majah 3713
Why do we say Alhamdulillah after sneezing?
There are certain scientific reasons we should thank Allah by saying Alhamdulling after sneezing;
1- Sneezes protect your body by clearing the nose of bacteria and viruses.
2- When you sneeze, your heart skips a beat but does not stop completely, and therefore, you should say Alhamdulillah that Allah did not stop your heart from beating. – UAMS Health
3- Sneezing is a fast action that releases 100,000 germs from our body in one go. – Success Signals a Guide to Reading Body Language.
4- It is that it is said that our soul would depart from our body through the nose. We should say Alhamdulillah after sneezing as he didn’t take our soul.
5- It also helps to reboot our nervous system clears the nose and allows breathing in healthy air.
6- Lastly, we should say Alhamdulillah after sneezing as it is said in a Hadith that “Allah likes sneezing and dislikes yawning”. If Allah has given us something he likes, we should be thankful to Him. – Sahih al-Bukhari 6223