Yawning in Islam

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.

35 Replies to “Yawning in Islam”

  1. 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.

  2. 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 ..mom

  3. 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!

  4. 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..

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

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

  16. bismillah

    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…

  17. @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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