Ramadan Kareem to all the Muslims of the universe. Over one billion Muslims throughout the world are preparing to welcome Ramadan. Ramadan is the holiest months of Islam. This month is a gift from Almighty Allah and a chance to attain Taqwa (fear of God) through fasting and Tarawih (nighttime prayers).
Let’s know about Ramadan and Ramadan Kareem Meaning, definition, significance and virtues. Please take time, sit tight and read till the end as I am gonna discuss many important things about Ramadan that you may not know.
Ramadan Kareem Meaning
What does Ramadan mean? Linguists differed from one another on the meaning of the word Ramadan. Some linguists said it is derived from the Arabic word Ramida and its root is Ar-Ramdaa (رمض اي الرمضاء) and its popular meaning is the intensity of heat in the summertime as fasting is usually in summer.
Another reason why this month is called Ramadan can be because people experience hunger and thirst during the fasting of the month.
Others said this month is called Ramadan because, in this month, all the sins of Muslims are burned and turned into good deeds.
It is also said that the Arabs used to throw their weapons in the month of Shawwal ahead of the holy months in which the fighting was prohibited and the wars were forbidden. The four months are Dhul-Qa’dah, Dhu’l-Hijjah, Muharram, and Rajab.
There are many opinions on the reasons for naming this holy month as Ramadan and the linguists’ opinion differed from one another on this according to their jurisprudence and knowledge. Allah knows better.
For more information on meaning, visit this Arabic website.
What does Kareem mean? Kareem (کریم) means generous or noble. Note that the word Al-Kareem is different from Kareem. Al-Kareem is one of the 99 names of Allah and it means the most generous.
So the Meaning of Ramadan Kareem is Ramadan the Generous (Month). It is an expression that is used to great, pray and mention the name of the month during Ramadan in Muslim inhabited countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Qatar, Dubai and even in India.
Ramadan Kareem Greetings Purpose
Muslims say Ramadan Kareem, in English Ramadan the Generous (Month), because Ramadan is a month of the generosity of Almighty Allah. He forgives, blesses and rewards faithful Muslims without a limit.
Let’s see what Hadith says about Ramadan. Narrated by Abu Huraira Radiallahu Anhu: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” -Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 3, Book 31, Hadith 123
Ramadan Mubarak Meaning
Ramadan Mubarak means Ramadan the Blessed Month. We have already discussed, in Ramadan Kareem greetings purpose section, how Ramadan is a blessed month and how Allah becomes more generous and bestows Rahmah upon mankind.
Ramadan Kareem and Ramadan Mubarak in Arabic
Ramadan Kareem in Arabic is رمضان كريم and its pronunciation is ramażān karīm. Ramadan Mubarak in Arabic is رمضان مبارك and its pronunciation is ramażān mubārak.
Is saying Ramadan Mubarak Bidah?
Some people ask is there any problem saying Ramadan Kareem or Ramadan Mubarak? My answer is: No, there is no problem saying these two phrases while greeting during the month of Ramadan. If you would like to know more and read the Arabic fatwa, check out here.
An Appeal to Muslims
How can the month of Ramadan not have this great status! Ramadan is the Month of Quran. It is the month in which the book of God Al-Quran came down. Ramadan is the high time for worship and contemplation.
The imposition of fasting was in the second year of the Prophet’s noble migration. Arabs were aware of the status and greatness of the holy month of Ramadan even before Islam had come. We should be better than them. Let’s make Ramadan 2017 the best Ramadan of our life.
May Allah grant us the ability to cleanse ourselves from every single of sins and attain Taqwa through fasting and nighttime prayers.
Happy Ramadan Kareem.