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Yawning in Islam

  • Author: MR
  • Filed under: Islam
  • Date: Feb 16,2006 | 08:21 AM

Everyone yawning is biddah!!! haha jk. Seriously we should abstain from yawning in salah, reading the quran or doing dhikr.

Hadith – Bukhari 4:509, Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Yawning is from Satan and if anyone of you yawns, he should check his yawning as much as possible, for if anyone of you (during the act of yawning) should say: ‘Ha’, Satan will laugh at him.”

Hadith – Bukhari 8:242, 8:245, Narrated Abu Huraira

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Allah likes sneezing and dislikes yawning, so if someone sneezes and then praises Allah, then it is obligatory on every Muslim who heard him, to say: May Allah be merciful to you (Yar-hamuka-l-lah). But as regards yawning, it is from Satan, so one must try one’s best to stop it, if one says ‘Ha’ when yawning, Satan will laugh at him.”

Hadith – Muslim, Narrated AbuSa’id al-Khudri

Allah’s Apostle (peace be upon him) said: When one of you yawns, he should try to restrain it with the help of his hand since it is the Satan that enters therein.

Hadith – Mishkat, Narrated AbuHurayrah , transmitted by Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah.

Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, Yawning in prayer is an act of Shaytan, so when one of you yawns he should restrain it as much as possible. In another version it the word are: He should place his hand upon his mouth.

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  • 35 Responses for "Yawning in Islam"

    1. arshi February 16th, 2006 at 9:39 am

      way to go, smart one. now im tempted to yawn and im trying to hold it in.


    2. Danya February 16th, 2006 at 9:54 am

      You know how like when ppl yawn other ppl yawn or when ppl talk or think about yawning they yawn? After I read this post I yawned, then I sneezed.. alhamdulillah.

    3. mom February 16th, 2006 at 1:58 pm

      I am glad you found this…I always used to tell you to stop yawning when you pray…now you understand what I used to say…love you

    4. Abdul Muhaimin February 16th, 2006 at 4:12 pm

      ahhhh….opps sorry. alhamdulilah i’ve been watching my yawn since i was a youngling. thannks for the advice though, i always need a reminder

    5. Faithful February 16th, 2006 at 8:15 pm

      Was it just me or did looking at the picture of the hippo make you want to yawn?

    6. Amr February 16th, 2006 at 8:23 pm

      Yeah bro this is a really interesting issue eh? If your in class or wherever and you YAWN then LOOK AROUND and you will see at least one person in that AREA YAWN…I can just about GUARANTEE it…it’s CONTAGIOUS! It may not happen instantly but shortly after it will! Scientists still haven’t figured out why Yawning is so Contagious!

    7. fny21 February 17th, 2006 at 1:31 pm

      not gonna lie, this post made me yawn.

    8. deka February 17th, 2006 at 3:37 pm

      i heard from someone that if u yawn shaytan pee’s in ur mouth… it true…or just a rumor…hmm ???

    9. Mujahideen Ryder February 17th, 2006 at 4:17 pm


    10. Egyptian Gumbo February 17th, 2006 at 8:35 pm

      hmmmmmmmmmmm how authentic is this hadith?
      Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: Sneezing, drowsing, yawning in prayer, also menstruation, vomiting and nose-bleeding are from (the acts of) Shaytaan (Satan).

      menstration, comiting, nosebleeding, and sneezing?! hmm doubts.. i have doubts..

    11. Mujahideen Ryder February 17th, 2006 at 9:57 pm

      me too, i guess their is a deeper meaning to it, which the normal laymen muslims can’t comprehend

    12. Egyptian Gumbo February 18th, 2006 at 11:07 am

      i’ll tell you why it’s not sahih, because:

      Praise be to Allaah.

      It was proven in the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah likes the act of sneezing and dislikes the act of yawning, so if any one of you sneezes and praises Allaah (says “al-hamdu Lillaah”), it is a duty on every Muslim who hears him to say to him, “Yarhamuk Allaah (may Allaah have mercy on you).” As for yawning, it is from the Shaytaan, so if any of you feels the urge to yawn, he should suppress it as much as he can, for when any one of you yawns, the Shaytaan laughs at him.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 10/505)

      so if sneezing is something that Allah subhana wa ta’ala likes, it cannot be from shaytan. wallahu ta’ala alem.

    13. abdul muhaimin February 19th, 2006 at 8:20 am

      update already so i you can stop making me yawn

    14. barefoostepper February 19th, 2006 at 9:35 am

      Good post. :thumbup: I like the pic.

    15. rooqalicious February 19th, 2006 at 3:25 pm

      Yeah, I’ve tried to check my yawning before. It’s so freaking hard.

    16. Mujahideen Ryder February 20th, 2006 at 5:25 am

      jazakumAllah khair, the funny thing is, i have that hadith up there also. hahaha

    17. Anonymous February 20th, 2006 at 1:46 pm

      hey…i was wondering….is MR.GQ the same person as u (mujahideenryder)….hmmm..cauz u guyz hav like…a lot of things in common…and u think a like….som same posts…i dunno…r u?

    18. Mujahideen Ryder February 20th, 2006 at 2:43 pm

      No Mr GQ is not mujahideen ryder. i only took copied one of his posts. thats about it.

    19. jinnzaman February 20th, 2006 at 5:59 pm

      I wonder if a Hippopotamus is halal.

    20. Sharifa February 20th, 2006 at 8:31 pm

      Mashallah good post! I always thought that u yawn cuz ur brain needs oxygen…now due to this post now i’m yawing uncontrolably… thanks alot

    21. sanuri February 20th, 2006 at 10:00 pm

      Hmmm, i should stop yawning for different reasons. lets just say, i thought that was a picture of me.

      nice entry!

    22. Resa LaRu Kirkland March 10th, 2006 at 10:40 pm

      I yawned, had a bloody nose, and vomitted because I am on the rag…Smite me allah!

      I thought so.

    23. Debbie April 9th, 2006 at 6:11 am

      Boy, these people have way too much time on their hands. Everything is ‘wrong’ in Islam, except KILLING, BEHEADING,TORTURING, DESTROYING EMBASSIES, …

    24. Resa LaRu Kirkland April 21st, 2006 at 11:45 pm

      Ain’t it the truth, Debbie?

      Go chick go!!!

    25. Mujahideen Ryder April 23rd, 2006 at 10:44 am

      Yawning is not wrong. It’s just not good to do when your reading the Quran or praying Salah. Killing, beheading, torturing, destroying embassies is all wrong. Raping, robbing, treachery, adultery, bombing, lying, cheating, backbiting, fornicating, smoking, drinking alcohol are also all wrong too.

    26. Resa LaRu Kirkland April 26th, 2006 at 10:39 pm

      If blowing people up and beheading them is against Islam, then you have a buttload of apostates out there flipping the bird at allah everytime they do those big “no nos”.

    27. Mujahideen Ryder May 1st, 2006 at 10:19 am

      same goes for any other religion. there will always be ppl who do the wrong things. this is life.

    28. Resa LaRu Kirkland May 2nd, 2006 at 2:59 pm

      The difference is, the Christians “and Jews will call their people on it when they behave like beasts. If this is so contrary to Islam, why aren’t you “real” Islamists out there screaming with outrage?

      Resa LaRu Kirkland

    29. Mujahideen Ryder May 3rd, 2006 at 6:27 am

      because ppl like Osama and his friends get Airtime on TV. i have lived here all my life (new york to be specific). most new yorkers have a good descent view of Islam. They know that we have bad muslims and good muslims. we do have organizations (CAIR, ISNA, MSAs in North America) and famous Muslim scholars (Hamza Yusuf, Zaid Shakir, Umar Farooq Abdullah, Husain Abdul Sattar, and more) that try their best to speak out, but when ur competing with CNN, Fox News, etc., it’s hard. it also depends on your local area, maybe the Muslims there aren’t so active in open discussions with everyone, but where i live we do a lot of out reach programs, community reviving, interfaith discussions and just general socializing events.

    30. ahmad February 5th, 2008 at 11:32 am

      listen debbie and resa laru, u cannot attribute something to a religion, race, culture, group, person, nation etc, without proving it from their sources (in this case Qur’an) and then studying the reasons given for it. typical ignorant and arrogant and slightly obese americans. thats not racist because thats FACT.

    31. ahmad February 5th, 2008 at 11:35 am

      jinzaman a hippopotamous is halal (if slaughtered according to shariah of course). it is vegetarian, does not have fangs, is not khabees (impure) and has a undivided hoof. however if one feels uncomfortable he does not have to eat it and there is no sin, inshallah. allah knows best

    32. Yamsin October 24th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

      Sneezing an act of shaytaan? This hadith seems funny to me.
      Was not sneezing the first act of Adam, and thus a good thing?

    33. Yamsin October 24th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

      that’s been addressed already..

    34. Oomar July 2nd, 2009 at 2:05 pm


      hey, the last paragraph isnt ‘right’. it is in contradiction with the hadiths at the beginning. Like its said Allah likes sneezing, then i think YOU added that it is from shaytan. MR, please do the necessary corrections. if not who’s gona believe things you post here?
      thank you…

    35. MR July 2nd, 2009 at 2:39 pm

      @Oomar – JazakAllah khair. The last hadith was weak. I have removed it.

      Shayk Albani has declared this hadith weak in Jami’ Al Tirmidhi no. 2748, Daeef al-Jami Al Sagheer no. 3865 & Daeef Al Mishkat no.999. Shayk Albani also points out that this hadith is gharib [ narrated by one person ]. Therefore, this overall weakens the hadith even more.

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