Saying “shafaa-kAllaah” (شفاك الله) when someone sneezes

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Reference: al-Fataawa al-Muhimmah – Page 701
Liqaa.aat al-Baab al-Maftooh – No.1059

Question: Is there anything [authentically reported] from the Messenger (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) that we should say “shafaa-kAllaah” (شفاك الله) to the one who sneezes a third time?

Response: Yes. If someone sneezes and says:

“al-Hamdu-lillaah” (الحمد لله), [then] say to him:

“yarhamu-kAllaah” (يرحمك الله).

And if he sneezes a second [time] and says:

“al-Hamdu-lillaah” (الحمد لله), [then] say to him:

“yarhamu-kAllaah” (يرحمك الله).

And if he sneezes a third [time] and says:

“al-Hamdu-lillaah” (الحمد لله), [then] say to him:

“‘aafaa-kAllaah, innaka mazkoom” (عافاك الله، إنك مزكوم), because of the hadeeth of Salamah bin al-Akwa’ which was transmitted by Muslim.

Likewise, pray for his well being.

Abu 'Abdullaah, Mohammed Akhtar Chaudhry

About Abu 'Abdullaah, Mohammed Akhtar Chaudhry

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.