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“Bless you” in response to the sneeze of a non-Muslim

Fatwaa ID: 1315

Question:
Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh
Are we allowed to respond “Bless you” to a person (non-muslim) sneezing, as per the norm?

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

“Bless you” is short for “May God bless you”. It is a du’aa. It is not affiliated to any specific religious practice. It is permissible to say it to a non-Muslim when he sneezes. When doing so, one’s intention should be “May Allaah bless you with hidaayah/imaan”. That is the greatest of blessings.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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