Jazakallah is an Arabic word that is used by Muslims as an Islamic expression of showing gratitude or thanks. This is similar to the Arabic word Shukran which means thanks, but 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.

Jazakallah meaning:

The meaning of just the Arabic word Jazakallah is “May Allah reward you”, this itself is incomplete, as you can say may God reward you with bad or evil. The complete saying is Jazakallahu Khairan meaning “May Allah reward you [with] goodness”.

Often you will hear non-Arabic Muslims use the shortened version as it easier and quicker to recite. Though the receiver may understand what you are saying you do end up changing the meaning of what is said by just saying Jazakallah. It’s also mentioned in the hadith that it is better for a person to say the full version.

jazakallah khair in arabic

Here’s the arabic text on how you would write Jazakallah or Jazakallah Khairan.

Jazakallah in Arabic:

جزاك اللهُ

Jazakallahu Khairan in Arabic:

جزاك اللهُ خيرً

Other common spellings:

  • Jazakumullahu khairan
  • Jazakumullahu khair
  • Jazakallah khair
  • Jazak allahu khayran
  • Jazakillah khair

 Jazakumallah = plural, khairan = goodness, khair = good.

Jazakallah for male and female

There is a slight difference in wishing well to male versus female.

JazakAllah is used for male
Jazakillah is used for female

Hadith on saying Jazakallah Khair:

Usamah bin Zaid (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) 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.”

Riyad As-Salihin – [At-Tirmidhi]
Arabic/English book reference: Book 17, Hadith 1496

Hadith on Praising Good:

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

From the hadith it tells Muslims to reciprocate kindness, so when one does good to him the least we can do is say Jazakallah khairan. It’s a sign of appreciation and can make the person who did you a favor feel good about themselves. This is especially important if you have kids, a spouse, or close friends. A behavior if is sincerely appreciated then it’s likely be repeated in the future. If we grow accustomed and take things for granted then there’s no feedback for repeated action. The Quran also says:

Is there any reward for good other than good?
Surah Ar Rahman Ayat 60

How To Reply To Someone Who Says Jazakallah

The proper response to someone who has said Jazakallah is wa iyyaka (for male) and wa iyyaki (for female), for plural wa iyyakum (Arabic: وإيّاكم). This simply means and to you too. 

Wa Antum fa Jazakumullahu khayran is a more formal response which means “And you too, May Allah reward with Goodness”.

Used in a sentence:

The best way to learn how to properly use Jazakallah in a sentence is to see how Muslim’s naturally use it in everyday conversation. We went to Twitter and Facebook to see how it’s being used an compiled a list of few examples. Let’s take a look: 

Example #1:
Your words are so calming & speaks to the soul… couldn’t have had this at a better time than now. Really needed this. Jazak’Allah.

Example #2:
Ameen In Shaa Allah Jazak’Allah Khair really appreciate it.

Example #3:
We are still searching for more communities to carry out more for all those who donated. Jazakallah khair

Example #4:
Ameen, ya Rabb..please pray for his speedy recovery, sis…Jazakillah khayr!

Example #5:
Jazakamullah khair to you all once again for supporting us, keep us and the project in your duas during this blessed month

Example #6:
Ooh alright, I’m going to go do that insha’Allah. JazakAllah khairan for everything aunty jaan.

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