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What is Ramadan Kareem and Ramadan Mubarak, meaning, history, significance

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The Times Of India
13th May, 2021 15:00 IST

As greetings and happiness fill the air with the arrival of a much-celebrated festival Eid-ul-Fitr, Muslims joyously greet everyone with a cheery ‘ Ramadan Kareem ’ or ‘ Ramadan Mubarak .’ These are the most common greetings during the holy month of Ramadan that worships the teachings of Allah .

These greetings have very unique meanings that resonate with the festival. Let’s read on to know more about them.

Meaning, History, and significance of Ramadan Kareem and Ramadan Mubarak

Ramadan Mubarak is a translation of the Arabic word that means ‘blessed.’ Hence, the phrase translates to ‘blessed Ramadan’ which is a very heartwarming way of greeting brothers, sisters, families, and friends during the holy month. People shake hands and offer boxes of sweets to commemorate the occasion. However, the other phrase Ramadan Kareem is not commonly used. It translates to ‘generous Ramadan’.

There has been quite some debate revolving around whether Ramadan Kareem is deemed to be appropriate. The expectation of generosity can be considered against the sole principles of fasting and prayers to God Allah.

There are others who have deemed it to be a very generous form of greeting which resonates the feeling of having gratitude and generosity towards others.

You can use either of the phrases to greet others during the holy month of Ramadan. However, it is best to know your audience before wishing anyone. You never know who and why someone might get offended or might feel uncomfortable. Your wishes need to relay only positive and warm messages to all your brothers and sisters during this beautiful festival.

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