Have you dealt with Arabic Muslims before? Do you want to sound more natural when you deal with them? Are you interested in Arabic? Ramadan is an opportunity. Do you want to know how to express Ramadan Kareem wishes in Arabic? Then, continue reading.
To begin with, what is the validity in Islam for Ramadan greetings? Well, as Muslims we are not allowed to follow any religious innovations. That’s why we should take care of our actions in this regard.
For happy Ramadan wishes, it mainly takes its validity in Islam from the Prophet (peace be upon him) Saying:
“There has come to you Ramadan, a blessed month, which Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, has enjoined you to fast. In it the gates of heavens are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and every devil is chained up. In it Allah has a night which is better than a thousand months; whoever is deprived of its goodness is indeed deprived,” [Sunan an-Nasa’i].
“Thus, the messages that people send on Eids and occasions on which it is Islamically prescribed to congratulate one another or that are sent with the aim of reminding people to do particular acts of worship that have to do with the time when they are sent, are permissible.” [ Islam Question & Answer].
Indeed, There is no specific wording that the Muslim has to use to offer congratulations for the beginning of Ramadan, so it is permissible to offer congratulations in any wordings that are customary among the people, such as saying “Kull ‘aam wa antum bi khayr” and other words that do not contain any meanings that are forbidden in Islam. [Islam Question & Answer]
Now, after making sure of the validity of Ramadan greetings in Islam, did you think before how do you say Ramadan Kareem in Arabic? Let’s know some quotes on how to wish someone a happy Ramadan:
Ramadan Kareem is one of the most famous happy Ramadan wishes. It means, have a generous Ramadan. You wish your speaker to acquire the benefits of this honorable month.
Ramadan Mubarak is more favorable for some Muslims. It means, have a blessed month. Thus, it indicates that there’s much more blessing upon us from Allah in that month.
Kull ‘aamen wa antum bi khayr is common as well. It means best wishes for a happy new year. Indeed, Ramadan is considered the beginning of the Muslim accounting year.
To illustrate, the Prophet (PBUH) says about the month coming before Ramadan, Sha’ban: “It is a month in which the deeds are taken up to the Lord of the worlds.” This means that the sheets of the yearly deeds are taken up in Sha’ban, and that the new one is opened in Ramadan.
Also, there are many supplications that you can use to wish someone a happy Ramadan.
This supplication means may Allah accept all our righteous deeds.
This supplication means congrats! Allah grants you the chance to live till this Ramadan.
This supplication means may Allah bless you with forgiveness.
This supplication means, may Allah grant you the chance to live for Ramadan for a lot of years.
Moreover, there are other Arabic expressions that have similar meanings. Overall, they mean, Happy Ramadan. For example:
مبارك عليك الشهر وكل عام وأنت بخير –
كل رمضان وأنت بخير –
عساكم من عوَّاده –
There are many ways to respond to Ramadan greetings. For instance, if someone makes a supplication for you, like those previously mentioned, you can say: “آمين” i.e. May Allah accept your supplication.
Also, if someone wishes you a happy Ramadan, you can thank him using any expression, like “جزاك الله خيرًا” i.e. May Allah reward you with good. Then say, for example: “علينا وعليكم” i.e. For both me and you [the benefits of your greeting].
Then you can add some supplications or extra greetings.
The basic ruling for greetings in Islam is obvious here. Allah the Almighty says in Quran:
“And when you are greeted with a greeting, greet [in return] with one better than it or [at least] return it [in a like manner]. Indeed Allah is ever, over all things, an Accountant.” [Quran, 4: 86]
To conclude, it’s good to try to know about the Muslim culture in receiving Ramadan, or even to learn how to express Ramadan Kareem wishes in Arabic and to enrich your Arabic culture by learning different Arabic colloquials, such as Egyptian Colloquial. However, what is more fruitful and important is to learn how to seize the opportunity of this month to come closer to the Quran. Start to learn the Quran now!