JazakAllah Khair is a term used as an Islamic expression of gratitude. This is similar to the Arabic word Shukran (thanks), but is often used by Muslims instead, in the belief that Allah’s reward is superior.
It is better for a Muslim to say Jazak Allahu Khayran as it asks for Allah to bestow blessings or good to the individual rather than just saying thanks.
In this post, we will be looking at JazakAllah Khair meaning, Arabic text, how to reply or respond, and the pronunciation as well.
JazakAllah Khair Meaning In English
JazakAllah Khairn means May Allah reward you [with] goodness, or May Allah reward you with good, or may Allah reward you well.
Often you will hear some people use the shortened version (JazakAllah) as it easier and quicker to recite, however, it is incomplete. It includes Allah, and jazaka, which refers to the act of rewarding, but it leaves out khayr, which refers to the “good“.
Saying Jazak Allahu Khayran in full leaves no presumption regarding what the reward is because it is specified by the word khayr.
JazakAllah Khair In Arabic
Following is how to write Jazakallahu Khairan in the Arabic text:
جزاك اللهُ خيرً
Jazakallah Khairan To Female (Girl)
There is slight difference between Jazakallah Khairn for male and female, and this is due to the Arabic grammar rule. The correct to say Jazakallah Khairan To a girl is Jazakillahu Khairan
جزاكِ اللهُ خيرً
Other ways to say Jazakallah Khairan
- Jazakumullahu khairan جزاكم اللهُ خيرً for plural masculine
- Jazakukunnallahu Khairan جزاكنّ اللهُ خيرً for plural feminine
Jazakallah Khair or Jazakallah Khairan
The correct pronunciation and spelling is Jazakallah Khairan. There is no difference in meaning between Jazakallah Khair and Jazakallah Khairan. The only difference is the Arabic grammar.
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Jazakallah Khair Reply
There are a number of ways to respond or reply to JazakAllahu Khair. The most common way is to reply with وَإِيَّاكَ pronounced as Wa Iyyak for male which means And to you too.
Jazakallah khairan Reply To Female
As for the female, we reply by saying وَإِيَّاكِ pronounced as Wa Iyyaki which means And to you too.
How To Respond To JazakAllahu Khair?
To summarize on how to respond to JazakAllahu Khairn for male, female and plural, refer to the table below.
|وَإِيَّاكَ||And you too||Male|
|وَإِيَّاكِ||and you too||Female|
|وَإِيَّاكم||and you too||Male (plural)|
|وَإِيَّاكن||and you too||Female (plural)|
Another formal responses is “Wa Antum Fa JazakumUllahu Khairan” written in Arabic text as وَأَنْتُمْ فَجَزَاكُمُ ٱللَّٰهُ خَيْرًا which can be literally translated to mean “And to you (all) too, may Allah reward you with goodness”.
Hadith On JazakAllahu Khairn
There are numbers of Hadith that talked about saying JazakAllahu Khairn when someone does good to you. Among them are as follows:
Usamah bin Zaid reported: The Messenger of Allah SAW said, “He who is favoured by another and says to his benefactor: ‘ Jazak- Allah khairan (may Allah reward you well)’ indeed praised (the benefactor) satisfactorily.”
Sources: Narrated by al-Tirmidhi and by al-Nasaa’i in al-Sunan al-Kubra; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
Usamah bin Zaid narrated that the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) said: “Whoever some good was done to him, and he says: ‘May Allah reward you in goodness’ then he has done the most that he can of praise.”
Grade: Hasan (Darussalam) Reference: Jami At Tirmidhi 2035 In-book reference: Book 27, Hadith 141
Sheik Uthaimeen Said, If a person benefits you with money, assistance, knowledge or other things, the Prophet SAW has instructed you to compensate him.
He said “Whoever does good to you, compensate him. ” Compensation is relative.
Some people’s compensation may be the equivalent to what they give you or even more.
Some people’s compensation may be that you supplicate for them and they will not be pleased that you should compensate them with money.
Hence, if a very rich person, who holds high status among his people, gives you something and you give him the like of what he has given you in return, he will consider it as a blemish to his status.
You should rather supplicate for such person.
“If you do not have what you will compensate him with, then supplicate for him until you will be seen as having compensated him.”
Among that is that you say to him: “jazaak-Allahu Khayran” (May Allah reward you with good).
When someone gives you something or benefits you with something, you should say to the person “Jazaaka-Allahu Khayran”. (When you do so,) you have made full compensation.
This is because if Allah – the Mighty and Sublime – rewards him with good, this will give him happiness in this world and the next.
Good manners dictate that you should reciprocate the one who does you a favour. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) enjoined that and said:
“Whoever does you a favour, then reciprocate, and if you cannot find anything with which to reciprocate, then pray for him until you think that you have reciprocated him.”
Source: Narrated by Abu Dawood (1672); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.
Reciprocating kindness means choosing that which will make the one who did you a favour feel happy, just as he made you feel happy. So you should strive to thank him in kind. Allaah says:
“Is there any reward for good other than good?”Surah al-Rahmaan verse 60
If you are not able to reciprocate with a gift, or helping with some task, or offering some service, etc, then at least you can say du’aa’ for him, and this du’aa’ may be a means of bringing him happiness in this world and in the Hereafter.
One of the best forms of du’aa’ for the one who has done you a favour is that which is mentioned in the Sunnah, JazakAllahu Khairn.
This du’aa’ is also narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in a lengthy hadeeth in which it says:
“You are the Ansaar, may Allaah reward you with good (jazaakum Allaahu khayran), for you are decent and patient.”
Sources: Narrated by Ibn Hibbaan and al-Haakim. Shaykh al-Albaani said in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah (3096) it’s sahih.
This phrase was often uttered by the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them).
It says in Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah (5/322): ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: If one of you knew what there is in his saying to his brother, ‘Jazaak Allaahu khayran’, you would say it a great deal to one another.
Usayd ibn al-Hudayr (may Allaah be pleased with him) said to ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her): May Allaah reward you with good (O ‘Aa’ishah), for by Allaah, you never have any problem but Allaah grants you a way out and makes it a blessing for the Muslims.
Narrated by al-Bukhaari (336) and Muslim.
In Saheeh Muslim it is narrated that Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: I came to my father when he was wounded and they praised him and said:
May Allaah reward you with good, and he said: I have hope and fear – meaning hope for that which is with Allaah of reward and mercy, and fear of that which is with Him of punishment.
What is meant by the phrase “Jazaak Allaahu khayran is May Allaah reward with you good. It is asking Allaah to reward you with a great deal of good.