The meaning of the Arabic phrase Allah Yahdina is “May Allah Guide Us”.
In Arabic this is written:
When and Where to say:
You can recite Allah Yahdina as dhikr whenever you seek guidance from Allah SWT.
There are instances where you may hear it said in a ‘sneezing situation’. A sneezer as a response to someone who has wished you well:
A person who sneezes would say “alhamdulillah” (praise be to Allah). People who are present would say to him/her “yarhamukallah” which means “May Allah show mercy on you!” The person who sneezed may answer with “yahdina wa yahdikumullah” which means “May Allah guide us and have mercy upon you”.
Although this is a common saying, there no basis for reciting “yahdina wa yahdikumullah” from the hadith. Here’s the sunnah regarding sneezing:
Abu Hurairah (RAA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
“When one of you sneezes, he should say, ‘Alhamdulillah (Praise is to Allah) and his (Muslim) brother should say to him, ‘Yarhamuka Allah (May Allah have mercy on you). When he says this to him (the last phrase), he should reply, ‘Yahdikum Allah (May Allah guide you) and grant you well being.” Related by Al-Bukhari.
English reference: Book 16, Hadith 1490
Arabic reference: Book 16, Hadith 1446
The Jews used to sneeze in the presence of the Prophet (ﷺ) hoping that he would say: ‘Yarhamukumullah (May Allah have mercy upon you).’ So he said: ‘Yahdikumullahu Wa Yuslihu Balakum (May Allah guide you and rectify your affairs).'”
Grade: Sahih (Darussalam)
English reference: Vol. 5, Book 41, Hadith 2739
Arabic reference: Book 43, Hadith 2958
Used In a Sentence:
Here are references from Twitter and Facebook of Muslims using the word Allah Yahdina normally:
There is no textual evidence not even a weak one to substantiate that the prophet was born in this date, but there are a plethora of evidence to suggest it was his death day, Allah’s Yahdina.
It’s important to have a strong connection with the Mushaf, and Ramaḍān is the perfect opportunity to rebuild that. Make it a witness for you and a proof. The day the writing fades is when we will need it the most. Allah Yahdina.