How to instruct to people
Mu’awiyah b. al-Hakam al-Sulami said ; when I came to the Messenger of Allah (saws). I learnt many things about islam. One of the things that I was taught was that it was that it was pointed out me. When you sneeze, praise Allah (I,e, say “praise be to Allah” ); and when someone sneezes and praises Allah, say ” May Allah have mercy on you ( يَرْحَمُكَ اللَّهُ ).
Meanwhile I was standing along with the Allah’s massanger (saws) during prayer, all of a sudden a man sneezed, and he praised Allah (swt). So I said, “may Allah have mercy on you” , in a loud voice. The people gave me disapproving looks so much so that I took ill of it. So I said :
what do you mean by looking at me with furtive glances. Then they glorified Allah (swt).
When the prophet (saws ) finished his prayer, he asked; who was the speaker? The Prophet told him; this Bedouin. The Messenger of Allah (saws) called me and said to me: Prayer is meant for the recitation of the Quran, and making mention of Allah (swt). When you are in it (prayer), this should be your work therein. I never saw an instructor more lenient than the Messenger of Allah (saws )
Sahih (Darussalam)Sunan Abi Dawud 931
In-book : Book 2, Hadith 542