Saying Jazaak Allahu
(What is the) Hukum of
the statement (Shukran) (said to the one) who does a favor (or the like) for
by Shaikh Ahmad bin
Yahyaa bin Muhammad an-Najmee
Whoever does that has left off (something)
more excellent (or bountiful), and that is, the statement Jazaakallaahu
volume one, page 68 of his book
Fathur Rabbil Wadood fil Fataawaa war Rasaail war Rudood, issue #
And with Allaah is the Tawfeeq!
Some people always say
Aameen, wa iyyaak (which means Aameen, and to you also) after someone
supplicates, Jazaak Allaahu khayran (which means may Allaah reward you with
good). Is it is an innovation to reply with this phrase all the
by Shaykh Muhammad Umar Baazmool,
instructor at Umm Al-Quraa University in Makkah
There are many narrations from the
Companions and the from the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhe wa
sallam), and there are narrations describing the actions of the
people of knowledge. In these narrations, it is said to them, Jazaak Allaahu
khayran, there is no mention that they used to reply specifically with Aameen,
Due to this, my position on a person
clinging to this phrase, Aameen, wa iyyaakum, after any supplication, not just
Jazaak Allaahu khayran, is that he has fallen into an innovation that has been
added (to the Religion).
So in these kinds of circumstances,
Muslims can use this phrase sometimes, and abandon it sometimes, but they must
not cling to it as if it is an established Sunnah of the Messenger (sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam), and Allaah knows
This was translated
exclusively for http://www.bakkah.net from a
cassette recording with the knowledge and permission of the shaykh, file no.
AAMB021, dated 1423/7/18.
Dr. Muhammad Baazmool mentioned that
there is no specified answer for it from the Sunnah.
To add something to that: The phrase
Jazaak Allaahu khayran is something that is from the Sunnah to be said to
express thanks or praise, due to the hadeeth:
On the authority of Usaamah ibn Zayd,
he said that the Messenger of Allaah sallallaahu alayhe wa
sallam said: Whoever has had something nice
done for him and then says to his companion, Jazaak
Allaahu khayran, then he has surely excelled in praising
Al-Albaanee authenticated it in
Saheeh Sunan At-Tirmithee #2035 (2/392).
So then it is not like other phrases
found in the sunnah that have specified answers, like:
1) Al-hamdulillaah yarhamukallaah
yahdeekumullaahu wa yuslihu baalakum
2) As-Salaamu alaykum wa
3) Uhibbuka fillaah ahabbak Allaahul-lathee ahbabtanee
These are all supported by
evidences. We may not say that the response to a certain phrase must be
such-and-such except with evidence.
So then a person may respond to Jazaak
Allaahu khayran with any number of phrases that make sense, like:
aameen wa iyyaak
wa iyyaak kathaalik
wa iyyaanaa ajmaeen
wa iyyaak biashri
or other things in
aameen, and to you
aameen, to you likewise
and may He reward you too
to you the same
And this is done without clinging to
any one phrase. So actually Aameen wa iyyaak is a very sensible reply in
Arabic. The shaykh only made a difference between saying it sometimes and
saying it as if it is legislated in the Deen.
So we have to make a note here since
many of us fall into this when we are learning Arabic. The phrase kayfa
haaluk does not have a legislated answer. It is not a must to reply,
tayyib walhamdulillaah. This is simply something taught since it is a
common conversation, like how are you? and I'm fine. It should not be
taken as legislation, meaning that when you hear someone say, jayyid
walillaahil-hamd you correct him. Rather many of us stick to tayyib
walhamdulillaah since it is the only phrase we know in Arabic. We do not
intend to make it Deen, but it is unfortunately our constant, unchanging answer
to kayfa haaluk.
Likewise, aameen wa iyyaak. It
is just something we were taught as a conversation. Jazaak Allaahu
khayran, aameen wa iyyaak Its fine like that, it makes sense. But
we have to realize it is not Deen. The specific phrase of jazaak Allaahu
khayran is Deen, but the reply is left up to how ever you want to answer.
I am not suggesting that you must learn all those phrases I mentioned above and
meanwhile you have a lot of legislated duaas to learn still, but you could
simply not reply sometimes when someone says Jazaak Allaahu khayran as there
is no obligatory or recommended reply needed. You could also mix up
Ameen, wa iyyaak with a simple Aameen or simply wa iyyaak, and sometimes
no reply. Here you have four different answers. I hope I am not
complicating this issue, may Allaah forgive me.
Additional note: The word
Aameen is legislated in general for duaa. So a person may say Aameen
based on that, but not because it is specifically related to this
And it has been related that when
Aaishah, radhiyallaahi anhaa had heard the duaa
of those who received some charity, saying, Baarak Allaahu feekum she replied
wa feehim baarak Allaahu and she used to reply to their supplications in a way
similar to how the people worded their supplication. See Saheeh
And Allaah knows best.