When Mu'awiyah ibn al-Hakam (r.a.) Sneezed

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

When Mu’awiyah ibn al-Hakam (r.a.) came to Madina, from the desert, he did not know that it was forbidden to speak during the swalah.  He related, “Whilst I was praying behind the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.), a man sneezed, so I said ‘Yarhamukullah.’  The people glared at me, so I said, ‘May my mother lose me!  What is wrong with you that you are looking at me?’  They began to slap their thighs with their hands, and when I saw that they were indicating that I should be quiet, I stopped talking.  I nearly wanted to answer them back, but I controlled myself and kept quiet.

When the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) had finished praying - may my father and mother be sacrificed for him, I have never seen a better teacher than him before or since - he did not scold me or hit me or put me to shame.  He just said, ‘This prayer should contain nothing of the speech of men; it is only tasbih and takbir and recitation of the Qur'an.’”  May Allah Grant us the beautiful qualities of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.).


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