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Topic #60: Saying Alhamdulillah after sneezing while in Salah.


Saying Alhamdulillah after sneezing while in Salah. [sneezing in salah; sneezing during namaz; sneezing during salah; namaaz main cheekhna; saying alhamdulillah after sneezing in salah]


If a person sneezes in salah, it is prescribed for him/her to say al-hamdu Lillaah (praise be to Allah) whether the prayer is obligatory (fardh) or voluntary (nafl). This is the view of the majority of scholars among the Sahabah and Tabi’een. The correct view is that one should say it out loud, but only loud enough that he or she can hear himself or herself, lest he distract other worshippers.

Narrated by Rifaa’ah ibn Raafi’ who said: I prayed behind the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and I sneezed and said: Praise be to Allah, much good and blessed praise, as our Lord loves and is pleased with. When the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) had finished praying he asked: “Who is the one who spoke during the prayer?” and no one said anything. Then he asked it 2 more times and then Rifaa’ah ibn Raafi’ said: It was me, O Messenger of Allah. He said: “What did you say?” He said: I said: Praise be to Allaah, much good and blessed praise, as our Lord loves and is pleased with. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, thirty-odd angels competed to see which of them would take it up.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood and al-Nasaa’i.

It was also narrated by Bukhari in his Sahih but he did not mention that he said that after sneezing, rather he said it after rising from bowing (ruku'u). It may be that he sneezed whilst rising from bowing and he said that because he sneezed, and the Prophet (peace be upon him) approved of that and did not rebuke him for it.


This indicates that it is prescribed during prayer, but it is not permissible for those who hear him/her to say Yarhamak Allah (may Allah have mercy on you), because that is part of human speech and it is not permissible during prayer.


And Allah knows best!

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