Ramadan Mubarak or Ramadan Kareem 2017: Ramadan is the Holy month of discipline and love for Muslims as they celebrate the festival of Eid/Ramadan/Ramzan with their friends and family. This year, fasting for Ramadan had started on May 26 and after completion of 29 days, Ramadan is being celebrated on 26 June, 2017. People celebrating Ramadan start their day early by wishing their friends and family members.
But in recent times, there is a lot of confusion on How to Wish Ramadan appropriately both for Muslims and other religious people. This is because, many people prefer wishing for Ramadan as ‘Ramadan Mubarak’., and many others prefer ‘Ramadan Kareem’. As ‘Ramadan Kareem’ is a new word in modern Muslim era, people are confused on the significance of the word and the message it conveys. To non-muslim people who want to wish their friends on Ramadan, the confusion is more as they don’t know the right way to greet for Ramadan.
Today, let’s breakdown the significance of both the greeting words, difference between Ramadan Mubarak and Ramadan Kareem and What they mean for Ramadan 2017.
What’s the difference between Ramadan Mubarak and Ramadan Kareem?
To know the differences between both the greetings, first let us simplify their meanings by each word.
Ramadan Mubarak – Meaning
Ramadan Mubarak is the most preferred and ancient form of greeting for Ramadan because of it’s simple meaning.
Ramadan – The Holy Month/The festival of Ramadan in General.
Mubarak – Congratulations for achieving/receiving something valuable.
Both these words have inner meaning related to them in reference to Ramadan. As Ramadan is the Holy month, many muslims believe that it is a month where Allah showers his Dua(Blessings) more when compared to other months. Simply put, This Holy month is described as the month where the ‘Gates of Heaven are opened and the Gates of Hell are closed‘. This means that the blessings received in this month will be more Holy and powerful.
‘Mubarak’ is a general reference word in Urdu used for congratulating someone when they achieve/receive something valuable. This is implemented in many instances, for example ‘Mubarak on conceiving a child’, ‘Mubarak on passing the exam’ etc.
So when combined, both words form a meaning of ‘Congratulations for receiving Blessings from Allah in this Holy month’ which translates to ‘Eid Mubarak’ or ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ in Urdu.
Ramadan Kareem – Meaning
Ramadan Kareem is a greeting that is brought to use for wishing Ramadan before a decade and has been in use since then. To know if Ramadan Kareem is the best way to Greet for Ramadan, we’ll know the meaning first and decide next.
Ramadan – The Holy month/The festival of Ramadan in General.
Kareem – Generosity/Being generous for receiving something.
Kareem is used in reference to being generous to someone when they gift you anything or you receive something.
So when combined, Ramadan Kareem means ‘Be generous for receiving Dua(Blessings) from Allah in this Holy month’.
How to Greet appropriately? What’s the best way to Greet Ramadan?
As we know the meanings, let us once arrange them side by side and read their meanings once again.
Ramadan Mubarak – “Congratulations on receiving Blessings from Allah in this Holy Month”.
Ramadan Kareem – “Be generous for receiving Blessings from Allah in this Holy month”.
In the context of Ramadan, both are similar greetings that can be sent to your friends and family for this Eid. But if we want to greet appropriately, we should wish Elders/Members of our age by ‘Ramadan Mubarak‘ because this word means respect and Joy which signifies the feelings of an adult in the time of Ramadan. In the same way, we should wish our Children/people smaller than our age by ‘Ramadan Kareem‘ because Ramadan is the month of discipline and generosity for younger people and our wishes must elude that meaning.
So, as you now know the meanings and difference between ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ and ‘Ramadan Kareem’, celebrate this Eid with all your friends, family members and colleagues.
Happy Ramadan 2017 to all.