Praying For The One Who Treats You Kindly By Saying "Jazak Allaahu Khayran"
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anything wrong with saying "Jazak Allaahu khayran (may
Allaah reward you with good)" to the one from whom you
Praise be to Allaah.
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."
Narrated by Abu Dawood (1672); classed as saheeh by
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 (interpretation of the
"Is there any reward for good other than good?"
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
It was narrated that Usaamah ibn Zayd (may Allaah be
pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (Peace
And Blessings Of Allaah Be Upon Him) said: "Whoever
has a favour done for him and says to the one who did
it, 'Jazak Allaahu khayran,' has done enough to thank
Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (1958) and by al-Nasaa'i in
al-Sunan al-Kubra (6/53); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani
in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
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." Narrated by Ibn
Hibbaan (7277) and al-Haakim (4/79). He said: its
isnaad is saheeh, and al-Dhahabi agreed with him.
Shaykh al-Albaani said in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah
(3096): It is as they said.
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 (367).
In Saheeh Muslim (1823) 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
(May Allaah reward with you good)" is asking Allaah to
reward you with a great deal of good.
Fayd al-Qadeer (1/410)
Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him)
said in Sharh Riyaadh al-Saaliheen (4/22):
Reciprocation depends on the situation. With some
people, reciprocation may be by giving him something
similar to what he gave you, or more. With others it
may be by praying for him and he would not accept a
gift of money, because if a great man who has a lot of
wealth and high status and honour among his people
gives you something and you give him a similar gift,
he will think that you are failing to give him his
due, but for such a person you should pray to Allaah
for him. "And if you cannot find anything with which
to reciprocate, then pray for him until you think that
you have reciprocated him." That may be by saying to
him, Jazaak Allaahu khayran. That is because if Allaah
rewards him with good, that will bring him happiness
in this world and in the Hereafter. End quote.
And Allaah knows best.