بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم
Thanks and gratitude are the absolute truths that every human being believes. Whatever their religion, nationality, social status, age, or gender; human agrees that those two are in the corridor of goodness. Only broken people who think negative of both.
Often we embody gratitude with other deeds. We do not hesitate to send gifts to those who have helped or at least a smile and words “thank you”. We also often asked God to bless or protect the person who has merit for us.
For Muslims, gratitude also means multiplying the obedience to Allah, The Lord of the Universe. In Islam, human beings are taught to repay the same kindness to the one who had helped us; and we even encouraged to reply with something better. If we are not or have not been able to do so, we are told to pray for those who have done merit. Last but not the least, a Muslim is forbidden to reciprocate kindness with evil; because such deeds are not possessed except by people who are very low in personality.
One tradition in Islam is to pray for one another whether or not the person has a kinship relations. The best prayer is a requests for both ourselves and our beloved ones to have salvation in the world and the hereafter. And including a reccomended prayer is when our beloved one does not know that we pray for him or her.
A simple prayer for those who have done merit to us is a simple phrase,
جَازَاكَ اللهُ خَيْرًا
Jazaakallahu khoyron. “May Allah reward you with kindness.”
If the object is a woman, we say “jazaakillahu khoyron.” If the object is more than one person, then we say “jazakumullahu khoyron.”
Simple isn’t it?