Is this Hadith authentic?
A man sneezed next to Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) and said ‘Alhamdu lillah was salamu ‘ala Rasulillah‘ (praise be to Allah and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah).’ Ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma said: “I too say [at other times] Alhamdu lillah was salamu ‘ala Rasulillah, but this is not how Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) taught us, rather he taught us to say, ‘Alhamdulillahi ‘ala kulli hal‘ (Praise be to Allah in all circumstances).”
Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) and Imam Hakim (rahimahumallah) have recorded this Hadith. Imam Hakim has declared the Hadith authentic and ‘Allamah Dhahabi concurs.
(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2738, Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 4 pg. 265/266. Also see: Al Adhkar, after Hadith: 759 and Tuhfatul Ahwadhi, Hadith: 2738)
Note: Saying Alhamdulillah after sneezing has been proved in other Hadiths as well. (See: Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 6224)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar