I yawn a lot when I perform a prayer and say prayers (dua); it prevents me from reading. What is the reason for it?

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I yawn a lot when I perform a prayer and say prayers (dua); it prevents me from reading. What is the reason for it?
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Dear Brother / Sister,

YAWNING

To yawn means to give and take a long breath when the mouth opens involuntarily and spontaneously due to sleepiness, tiredness or boredom. It is similar to a state of absent mindedness and heedlessness. It is not something that fits a Muslim. Therefore, the Prophet (pbuh) states the following regarding the issue:

"Allah likes it when a person sneezes but not when he yawns. If a person sneezes and says "Alhamdulillah", a Muslim who hears it should say "yarhamukallah". Yawning is of evil. Therefore, someone who feels like yawning should prevent it as much as he can. For, when one of you yawns, Satan laughs at him." (Bukhari, Adab, 165, 166; Muslim, Zuhd, 54; Tirmidhi, Adab, 1, 4; Nasai, Janaiz, 52).

What is meant by Satan’s laughing is the state of heedlessness and tiredness of the yawning person, which is liked by Satan. Besides, any bad thing that happens to a believer pleases Satan and makes him laugh. A believer should move, wash his hands and face, make wudu and relax if he is tired when he feels like yawning so as not to please Satan. If he cannot prevent yawning, he should cover his mouth with his hand or something else.

(see Şamil İ.A.)

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