Did Nabi (sallalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) say ‘yahdikumullah wa yuslihu balakum’ in reply to the sneeze of a disbeliever?
Sayyiduna Abu Musa Al Ash’ari (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports: ‘The Jews would sneeze by Nabi (sallalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) hoping that Nabi (sallalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would say to them ‘yarhamukumullah‘ (May Allah have mercy on you). Nabi (sallalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would instead say ‘yahdikumullahu wa yuslihu balakum‘ (May Allah guide you and rectify your condition)’.
(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2739 and Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 4999 (reported by the father of Abu Burdah radiyallahu ‘anhu)
Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has declared the above Hadith as authentic and sound (hasanun sahih).
Imam Nawawi (rahimahullah) has classified the chain of narrators in Sunan Abi Dawud and Sunan Tirmidhi as authentic (sahih).
(Al Adhkar, Hadith: 770)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best
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