Why do we say Alhamdulillah after sneezing?

Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices

The narrations of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) encourage us to say “Alhamdulillah” when we sneeze.

“Alhamdulillah” means “All praise is due to Allah”. A rightfully curious mind will wonder why are we supposed to express our gratitude to Allah for the insignificant act of sneezing. On the contrary, sneezing is no insignificant reaction of the body. Sneezing is a great blessing from Allah where various muscle groups come in to play. The muscles of the stomach, chest, neck and eyes are used for this seemingly insignificant reaction of the body.

Some of the reasons for saying “Alhamdulillah” are as follows:

August 4, 2010


Fiqh, Kitaab us Saum

(1) Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:

“He who fasts solely for the sake of Allah Ta’ala, his previous sins are all forgiven”.

(2) “The odour of the mouth of a Sa-im (fasting person) is sweeter to Allah than the fragrance of musk”.

(3) It is narrated in the Hadith that on the Day of Qiyamah, even before Reckoning has taken place, the fasting people will be sumptuously fed under the shade of Allah’s Arsh (Throne) while others will be still embroiled in the hardships of Reckoning.

(4) Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:

September 11, 2008