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I have heard people using the phrase "Jazak Allah khair" at times when it was appropriate to thank others and always wondered if that is something advised to do. But I've also seen some people who emphasize on saying the phrase "Jazakallah Khair" over saying the phrase "Thanks!" with their own reasons.

Anyways, here are my questions

I do understand the logic that it is generally good thing to make dua for fellow Muslims.

However, is there anything in Qur'an, Sunnah and/or in the consensus among Sahaba that saying "Jazak Allah khair" is superior to simply saying "thanks"?

Also, a bonus would be, if you also try to answer can we use the phrase "Thanks" instead of "Jazakallah Khair", in case if the helper is a non Muslim, because he won't be understanding the meaning of the words nor it's importance (if at all I manage to explain it by translating it).

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And We have enjoined on man (to be dutiful and good) to his parents. His mother bore him in weakness and hardship upon weakness and hardship, and his weaning is in two years give thanks to Me and to your parents, unto Me is the final destination. (Qur'an 31:14)

The literal word used in the Qur'an for "Thank" is "Ashkur" nothing but "Shukran" or the like.

people who have followed them that saying "Jazak Allah khair" is superior to simply thanking?

Your question is vague. I'll explain you how in contrast with today's world of thanking vs the "thanking" used in Qur'an 31:14 and also probably used in the article pointed out by Dinar in the comments. (https://plus.google.com/109702928551400026668/posts/VcqzMhdLe7e)

I think it is pretty clear in the article pointed by Mr. Dinar the actual meaning of the word "Shukr" or the actual "thank".

Below are the definitions

Modern (and rather stupid) thanks: to express to someone that you are pleased about or appreciate something that they have done (Cambridge Dictionary)

Actual (and rather useful) thanks: do something useful to the one who helped you.

The above actual "thanks" is what that can be inferred from Qur'an 31:14 and also from the Hadith in the article i.e. thanking, can be either done by doing something useful to the one who helped you, or simply making Du'a (may Allah grant you good things) for the person who helped you. (Still even in this way you're doing something useful to the one who helped you).

I don't see how today's definition of simply writing the word or saying "Thanks" would even come closer to the actual "Thanks".

Hence, as a sense of awareness and general perception, put the above information in light, it can be inferred that if you're helped say, here in this site then you either make efforts to know the address of the one who helped by teaching you something and then send him a gift or do the like which is useful for him .........or......... simply make Du'a for the person if he deserves it as simply asking Allah "O Allah! Grant him something good." or in other words tell him "Jazakallah Khair" meaning/specifying, you already wished/prayed in your heart for his welfare.

Should we use “Jazak Allah khair” instead of “Shookran” or “Thanks”?

It doesn't matter whether you use the word "Jazakallah Khair" or "Shukran" or "thanks", unless you do something useful to the person who helped you. So, instead the one who helped you prefers something useful in return from you. So, simply using the modern "thanks" to please him would do him no good to please him in reality unless you specify, that you did something useful for him, i.e. by specifying that you prayed for him, i.e. by saying "Jazakallah Khair" (May Allah reward you with good things). After listening, to this, a person / believer / who is aware of what "Jazakallah Khair" means and it's importance would be glad to hear this than a modern "thanks".

May the creator guide us all.

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Generally, Jazakallah khair is used after people help us. It is dua to appreciate goodness of people. It means may Allah reward with good things. Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam via Usamah bin Zaid said "Who people get goodness then he said 'Jazakallah khairan', then he really exalt praise" (Hadist Tirmidzi). Wallahu'alam

  • Jazak Allah khair, but you don't seem to be trying to answer the question. – ozbek May 17 '15 at 4:00
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    Did you use google to "translate" that hadith? It does not make any sense in English. – aasheq May 18 '15 at 11:32
  • i'm sorry if my english is not good.. I am still learning – 4_SATRYA May 19 '15 at 7:00

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