Thursday, 22 February 2024 | 01:52 AM
Islam's charm lies in its simplicity and beauty and what makes it truly remarkable is that even the most basic acts in our daily lives come with rewarding blessings. A simple act such as saying a dua upon sneezing can open doors to divine blessings and it's these everyday moments that show the depth and beauty of Islam.
When you sneeze, then say: "All praises and thanks are to Allah." Your companion should say: "May Allah have mercy upon you." Then you should reply: "May Allah guide you and set your affairs in order." [Hisnul 188] [Al-Bukhari 7/125]
There are several authentic hadiths where this simple sunnah/dua is narrated that every Muslim should remember upon sneezing. The dua upon sneezing was taught by Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and has been narrated by the most authentic narrators and it is a simple yet profound way of gratitude to Allah for bestowing upon us the gift of health and protecting us from potential harm. It also serves as a shield against the devil's influence and reminds us of our mortality reminding us to live a life aligned with Allah's will.
In Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 934 Jabir ibn 'Abdullah reported: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said "When one of you sneezes let him say: 'Alhamdulillah (praise be to Allah)' and whoever hears him say: 'Yarhamukallah (may Allah have mercy on you)' then let him say: 'Yuhdikumullaahu wa yuslihu baalakum (may Allah guide you and rectify your condition).'"
Morning & Evening
'Asbahnaa wa 'asbahal-mulku ('Amsaynaa wa'amsal-mulku) lillaahi walhamdu lillaahi, laa 'ilaaha 'illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa Huwa 'alaa kulli shay'in Qadeer. Rabbi 'as'aluka khayra maa fee haathal-yawmi wa khayra maa ba'dahu wa 'a'oothu bika min sharri maa fee haathal-yawmi wa sharri maa ba'dahu, Rabbi 'a'oothu bika minal-kasali, wa soo'il-kibari, Rabbi 'a'oothu bika min 'athaabin fin-naari wa 'athaabin fil-qabri.
We have entered the morning (evening) and with it all dominion is Allah's. Praise is to Allah. None has the right to be worshiped but Allah alone, Who has no partner. To Allah belongs the dominion, and to Him is the praise and He is Able to do all things. My Lord, I ask You for the goodness of this day and of the days that come after it, and I seek refuge in You from the evil of this day and of the days that come after it. My Lord, I seek refuge in You from laziness and helpless old age. My Lord, I seek refuge in You from the punishment of Hell-fire, and from the punishment of the grave. (Recite in the bracket in the evening.)
It is reported that Abu Hurairah narrated that when the Prophet (ﷺ) would sneeze, he would cover his face with his hand or with his garment and muffle the sound with it. (Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2745).
Reciting the dua upon sneezing is a recommended practice in Islam known as "tasmit" which means "blessing" or "protecting." It is a simple yet profound act that carries significant spiritual and health benefits.
Saying dua instantly after sneezing which Prophet Mohammad (peace upon him) recommended has many advantages. It is one way of appreciating Allah for good health with the recognition that sneezing forces impurities out of the body. Moreover, this practice is also another way of ensuring that the devil cannot take advantage when a person is weak, such as sneezing, for instance. It also reminds us of our mortality because life has been given by Allah and we should strive to live by what would please him.