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YAWNING


Yawning or to Yawn according to dictionaries it means To open the mouth wide with a deep inhalation, usually involuntarily from drowsiness, fatigue, or boredom. [1]

 

Islamically, yawning is from Shaytaan. If any of you feels the urge to yawn, let him resist it as much as possible by placing his hand on mouth.

 

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Hadith

Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Yawning is from the Shaytaan. If any of you feels the urge to yawn, let him resist it as much as possible, for if any of you says ‘Ha’ (makes a noise when yawning), the Shaytaan laughs." Sahih al Bukhari 3289(vol.4: 509) and Sahih Muslim, 2994

 

Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Allaah loves the act of sneezing and dislikes the act of yawning. If any one of you sneezes and praises Allaah, it is a duty on every Muslim who hears him to say ‘Yarhamak Allaah (May Allaah have mercy on you).’ As for yawning, it is from Shaytaan, so if any of you feels the urge to yawn, let him resist it as much as he can, for if any of you yawns, the Shaytaan laughs at him." Sahih Al Bukhari, 6226(Vol.8: 245)  [2]

 

Scholars view

Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: 

 

Whether a person yawns during prayer or otherwise, it is mustahabb to place the hand over the mouth, and it is makrooh for a person to place his hand over his mouth when praying, unless there is a need to do so, such as yawning etc. Al-Adhkaar, p. 346 

 

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: 

 

Yawning comes from the Shaytaan, as is narrated in saheeh reports from the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). So if a person yawns, whether during prayer or otherwise, he should suppress his yawning if he can, and if he cannot, then he should place his hand over his mouth, whether he is praying or not. [3] 

 

Conclusion

  1. That Shaytaan prompts the human to yawn, which is indicative of laziness and sluggishness.
     
  2. That Shaytaan enters the person who yawns.
     
  3. That Shaytaan laughs at man and makes fun of his ugly appearance when he is in that state. [4]

 

References

[1] http://www.thefreedictionary.com/yawn

[2] http://muttaqun.com/yawning.html

[3] http://islamqa.info/en/72313

[4] http://islamqa.info/en/755

 

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