Friday, July 20, 2012

Ramadan Karim to everyone!


Just a question I've thought about but never thought of asking. Does Ramadan karim wish people to have a month that is generous to them (the month is generous) or does it wish people to be generous during the month (the person is generous)? Or is it not about "wishing" anything but flat-out saying that the month is generous as an exclamation more than a phrase really directed at a person?

7 Comentários:

Aysha Farooqui said...

Assalamualeikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakauthu sister, Ramadan mubarak to you too!
I think it just means "Ramadan the generous month" sort of thing... :)
Forgive me if I'm wrong. :)

Anisah Khan said...

Ramadan Kareeem!!!
I always thought it meant something like, "I hope/pray that this Ramadan is generous to you" as in, inshaAllah you will benefit from this month.
I never thought about it the other way, but generosity and charity is definitely an important component of the holy month :)

Keltainen Omena said...

As salam alaikum,
that's a good question! I've thought about it too so I put it on Google and found the following fatwa of ibn Uthaymeen, rahimahullaah:

"The ruling concerning this is, this phrase "Ramadan Kareem" is not correct, and the only phrase that should be said is "Ramadan Mubarak" or what resembles that. Because Ramadan is not the one that gives such that it can be called generous (Kareem), rather it is only ALLAH the Exalted that put virtue in it and made it a virtuous month and made the time period for performing (the fasting) a pillar from Islam."

Candice said...

Thanks for taking the time to try to explain to me!

Keltainen Omena: I guess that makes some sense especially if we see it with the meaning that the month is generous. Answering "allahu akram" started maybe as a sort of polite correction for people who were saying "ramadan karim" then?

Anisah: I saw it the opposite way when I first heard it but when I actually thought about it, I ended up thinking it probably meant that they were wishing them to benefit from Ramadan (the month being generous with them).

Hebah said...

I think it means, it's the month, to be generous.

normal.is.overrated. said...

I say Ramadan Mubarak but I would think that Ramadan Kareem means something in the line of "may this month be generous to you" or something like that. I'm not sure.

Anyyyways, Ramadan Mubarak/Kareem to you, Candice :D

FABI YAMIL (Fatimah) said...

Questioner: When the fasting person falls into a sin and he is prohibited from that sin he will say, "Ramadan Kareem". So what is the ruling concerning this phrase and what is the ruling concerning this behavior?

Sheik Uthaymeen: said:
The ruling concerning this is, this phrase "Ramadan Kareem" is not correct, and the only phrase that should be said is "Ramadan Mubarak" or what resembles that. Because Ramadan is not the one that gives such that it can be called generous (Kareem), rather it is only ALLAH the Exalted that put virtue in it and made it a virtuous month and made the time period for performing (the fasting) a pillar from Islam.

And it is as though the one who said this thinks that due to the nobility of this month it is permissible to commit sins. And that is in opposition to what the people of knowledge have said (for they have said) that the sins are multiplied if they are done during virtuous times or noble places so this is the opposite of what this person has pictured. And they have said that it is incumbent upon the person to have Taqwaa of ALLAH the Mighty and Majestic during every time and in every place especially during virtuous times and in noble places. And ALLAH the Mighty and Majestic says

{Oh you who believe fasting has been prescribed for you like it was prescribed for those before you that you may obtain Taqwaa.}


So the wisdom behind the obligation of fasting is to gain Taqwaa of ALLAH the Mighty and Majestic by doing what He has ordered and avoiding what He has prohibited. And it has been established that the Prophet peace and blessing be upon him said "Whoever does not abandon falsehood in word and action, then Allah Mighty and Majestic has no need that he should leave his food and drink". Therefore fasting is worship for ALLAH and cultivation for the soul and a safeguard for it from the prohibitions of ALLAH. And it is not like this one without knowledge has said that due to the nobility of this month and its blessing, sinning is allowed in it.

http://www.sahab.net/forums/showthread.php?threadid=338908

Abu Imad Rasheed ibn Gant
Leave alone those who take their religion to be mere play and amusement, and are deceived by the life of this world. But proclaim (to them) this (truth): that every soul delivers itself to ruin by its own acts:(6:70)

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