What should one person say to another when he/she has helped them? Also, what should one say in response to JazakAllah?

 

Question: 

As salaamu ’alaykum, 

Is it correct that when someone helps you, you respond by saying JazakAllah for a male and Jazakillah for a female? Also, what should one say in response to JazakAllah? I have heard some people respond by saying wa iyyaki and I heard other reply by saying wa iyyakum. But I don’t know which response is correct. Could you please clarify this for me?

 

Answer:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما

Wa ‘alaykum as salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh,

Yes, the correct method of responding is to say JazakAllahu Khayran to a male and Jazakillahu Khayran to a female.

Grammatically speaking, the response to a male is Wa iyyaka, and to a female is Wa iyyaki. However, Wa iyyakum serves as a universal response. There is a hadith in Saheeh Ibn Hibbaan in which a Sahaabi said Jazaakallahu Khayran to the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم. The Messenger replied by saying وَأَنْتُمْ فَجَزَاكُمُ اللَّهُ خَيْرًا. Therefore, either of the above variations is correct; but, it is better to reply with “Wa antum fa jazakumullahu khayran”.

والله اعلم 

And Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala knows best. 

AbdurRahman Islam 

Approved by Mufti Husain Ahmad Madani