Responding to the sneezing of non-Muslims

Abu Musa (radi Allahu anhu) reported: The Jews used to intentionally sneeze in the presence of the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) hoping that he would say to them: ‘Yarhamukum-ullah (may Allah have mercy on you),’ but he would respond with: “Yahdikum-ullahu wa yuslihu balakum (may Allah guide you and render sound your state of affairs).”

[Sunan Abu Dawud - Classed as Hasan Sahih by Shaykh al-Albaani]

Commentary:

We benefit from the above Hadith that in response to the sneezing of non-Muslims, we should utter the words: “Yahdikum-ullahu wa yuslihu balakum (may Allah guide you and render sound your state of affairs)!”

And Allah knows best!

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