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QUESTION

Some people always say "Aameen, wa iyyaak" (which means "Aameen, and to you also") after someone supplicates, "Jazaak Allaahu khayran" (which means "may Allaah reward you with good"). Is it is an innovation to reply with this phrase all the time?

ANSWER by Shaykh Muhammad 'Umar Baazmool, instructor at Umm Al-Quraa University in Makkah

There are many narrations from the Companions and from the Messenger (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam), and there are narrations describing the actions of the people of knowledge. In these narrations, it is said to them, "Jazaak Allaahu khayran," there is no mention that they used to reply specifically with "Aameen, wa iyyaakum."

Due to this, my position on a person clinging to this phrase, "Aameen, wa iyyaakum," after any supplication, not just "Jazaak Allaahu khayran," he has fallen into an innovation that has been added (to the Religion).

So in these kinds of circumstances, Muslims can use this phrase sometimes, and abandon it sometimes, but they must not cling to it as if it is an established Sunnah of the Messenger (sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam), and Allaah knows best.

SOURCE

This was translated exclusively for www.bakkah.net from a cassette recording with the knowledge and permission of the shaykh, file no. AAMB021, dated 1423/7/18.

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