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25 September 2017 CE | 04 Muharram 1439 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Yar-hamukallah not Everyone’s Right


“Two men sneezed before the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam). The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) 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 (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, ‘That one praised Allah (by saying Alhamdu-lillah at the time of sneezing), while the other did not praise Allah.” [Sahih Bukhari]

“Yar-hamukallah” is a prayer. It is a request to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) to be especially kind and indulgent to the person who sneezed. This hadith informs us that everyone who sneezes does not have the right to receive this Dua. Only he who remembers Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) at the time of sneezing by saying “Alhamdu-lillah” deserves to have other Muslims make this Dua for him.

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