Burying Bid’ah Pt 3: Seeking refuge from Shaytan after Yawning

قال عليه الصلاة والسلام: التثاؤب من الشيطان ، فإذا تثاءب أحدكم فَلْيَرُدَّه ما استطاع ، فإن أحدكم إذا قال : ها ؛ ضَحِكَ الشيطان 

The Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa salam)  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.” (Bukhari 3289)

أبي سعيد عنه عليه الصلاة والسلام أنه قال : إذا تثاوب أحدكم فليمسك بيده ، فإن الشيطان يدخل 

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudiry narrated  that Allah’s Messenger (sallahu alayhi wa salam)  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.( Muslim 7683)


Benefits for this subject:

  • Compilers notes: In the aforementioned two authentic hadeeth there aren’t any orders from the Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa salam) to seek refuge from Shaytaan after yawning. He (sallahu alayhi wa salam) mentioned that yawning is from Shaytaan, but there isn’t anything recommending or commanding us to ask Allah for refuge.
  • Shaykh Al-Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “There isn’t anything in the sunnah about seeking refuge in Allah from Shaytaan when yawning. Therefore to consider and take this action as a sunnah, is incorrect. The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa salam) directed the person yawning to either cover his mouth or restrain the yawn to the best of his ability. Allah’s Messenger (sallahu alayhi wa salam) didn’t order the yawner to seek refuge in Allah from Shaytaan, nor is this act found from his actions. Therefore, based on this, it isn’t recommended for a person to seek refuge in Allah from Shaytaan after yawning.” (Nur ala darb)
  • ” We aren’t aware of anything for a legislated act to seek refuge in Allah from Shaytaan when yawning during prayer or outside of it.”  ( The Permanent  committee of scholars for research and fatawa vol 6/383:Abdul Aziz bin Baz, Abdur Razzaq Afefey, Abdullah Ghudayan, Abdullah bin Qu’oud)

Translated and compiled by Abu AaliyahAbdullah ibn Dwight Battle

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