Are We Allowed to Say: Ramadan Kareem or Ramadan Mubarak?

Query: Are We Allowed to Say: Ramadan Kareem or Ramadan Mubarak?

The ruling on saying “Ramadan Mubarak”

In the beginning, We ask Allah to let us live to once again experience the Month of Ramadan and make it for us all a month full of blessing (barakah) and goodness (khayr).

There is nothing wrong in Muslims wishing one another with phrases such as “Ramadan Mubarak” or “Ramadan Karim” when it arrives, because it is truly a month of blessing, goodness, mercy, forgiveness and being freed from Hellfire. These expressions also serve as a supplication (du‘a’) for the person uttering them and to the one to whom they are uttered.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stated in categorical and explicit terms that Ramadan is a Blessed Month (Ramadan Shahrun Mubarakun) in a what was narrated by Ahmad and al-Nasa’i based on the hadith of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him): {“Ramadan has come to you, 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.”}.

The learned scholar, al-Mulla ‘Ali al-Qari (may Allah have mercy on him) says in Mirqat al-Mafatih Sharh Mishkat al-Masabih: [Its apparent meaning is that it a declarative statement, that is, its material and non-material (spiritual) good abounds as it is witnessed and observed. It is also possible to imply a supplication (du‘a’), that is, may Allah make it blessed for us and for you. Moreover, it is a proof for the well-known and common practice of congratulating and wishing blessings (for one another) at the beginning of months …], and Allah knows best.

Source: General Authority of Islamic Affairs & Endowments (GAIAE), UAE

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Addition

The difference between Ramadan Mubarak and Ramadan Kareem as I’m sure a lot of us would like to know the correct phrase to use when greeting someone happy Ramadan.

Well, Ramadan Mubarak is the official way to read people during Ramadan, and it means: blessed Ramadan.

An alternative way is to say Ramadan Kareem which means: generous from Allah.

So, how do I respond to that?

It’s really simple, all you need to do is say the phrase right back so if I say it on my bun Mubarak you say Ramadan Mubarak to you.

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