Islamic Date26 Jumada al-akhirah
English Date20 February
Yawning is from Shaitaan
Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah likes sneezing and dislikes yawning. When any one of you sneezes and says ‘Al-hamdulillah’ (praise be to Allah), it becomes obligatory upon every Muslim who hears him to respond with ‘Yarhamuk-Allah’ (may Allah have mercy on you). Yawning is from the Shaitaan. When one of you feels like yawning, he should restrain it as much as possible, for the Shaitaan laughs at you when one of you yawns.” [Sahih Bukhari]
Sneezing is something that purifies the body and brings one comfort. It is therefore something good and one should glorify Allah for it. However, yawning is indicative of gluttony, sloth and heaviness and is considered disagreeable. The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) commanded us to stop it either by closing our mouth or by putting our hand across it in order to avoid an act which pleases Shaitaan.