The reply to Jazakallahu khayran

Question

Is there any Hadith that tells us how to respond to someone who says: Jazakallahu khayran?

 

Answer

I haven’t come across any response in the Hadith. Some people say: Amin (O Allah accept) and others says: Wa iyyak (same to you).

Both make sense and will not be wrong, although they are not proven from the Hadith. One should not consider these responses as sunnah though.

 

Note: Some people cite a narration in Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 7279 in which the words: Wa antum fa jazakumullahu khayran appear. According to the writer, this is a misinterpretation.

The reason for this is that when the Sahabi (radiyallahu ‘anhu) told Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) jazakAllahu khayran, Nabi (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied: Wa antum fa jazakumullahu khayran (rather, you deserve to be told; Jazakumullahu khayran) and he went on praising the good qualities of the Ansar.

In actual fact Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was saying to them (in this case) I should be telling you JazakAllahu khayr, instead of you telling me. 

This explains why Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) gave that particular reply. It doesn’t mean that: wa antum fa jazakumullahu khayran is a standard reply to such a du’ a. Rather when the situation is like the above, then this could be said in reply.

 

And Allah Ta’ala knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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التخريج من المصادر العربية

صحيح ابن حبان (٧٢٧٩): أخبرنا أحمد بن علي بن المثنى حدثنا زكريا بن يحيى زحمويه حدثنا ابن أبي زائدة حدثنا محمد بن إسحاق عن حصين بن عبد الرحمن عن محمود بن لبيد عن ابن شفيع وكان طبيبا قال: دعاني أسيد بن حضير فقطعت له عرق النسا فحدثني بحديثين قال: أتاني أهل بيتين من قومي أهل بيت من بني ظفر وأهل بيت من بني معاوية فقالوا: كلم النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم يقسم لنا أو يعطينا فكلمت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال: «نعم أقسم لأهل كل بيت منهم شطرا وإن عاد الله علينا عدنا عليهم»، قال: قلت: جزاك الله خيرا يا رسول الله قال: «وأنتم فجزاكم الله خيرا فإنكم ما علمتكم أعفة صبر».