Are We Allowed to Say 'Ramadan Kareem'? - The Thinking Muslim

Are We Allowed to Say ‘Ramadan Kareem’?

I came across a flyer going around in this blessed month of Ramadan saying that the greeting ‘Ramadan Kareem‘ (Generous Month) is not allowed. The rationale given was that the phrase gives the impression that the month itself is giving generosity, whereas, it is Allah who gives generosity. I thought this was a bit strange and decided to look into it. Here is what I found:

Ramadan Kareem‘ is a phrase that is widely used among the people in the month of Ramadan. It is a type of phrase usually used to convey some sort of news. The ruling on it is dependent based on what people mean by it. If they mean something forbidden in the religion, then it is not allowed. If they mean something permissible, then it is allowed.

Those who say it perhaps intend by it supplication, in which case, the one using it is supplicating, “May the month of Ramadan be a month of generosity and blessing for you!”

It is also possible that those who say it intend by it giving news of its reality, in which case, the one using it is meaning to inform the listener of all the favors that Allah bestows on His slaves in this great month!

The above two cases in their essence are neither problematic nor forbidden.

However, if those who say it believe that it is a phrase that is legislated for us in the religion to be said during this specific time of the year, then this is entering into the realm of innovation.

In addition, it should be pointed out that the phrase that is mentioned specifically in the Sunnah is to say ‘Shahrun Mubarak‘ (Blessed Month). Therefore, it is better to say ‘Shahrun Mubarak‘ or ‘Ramadan Mubarak‘.

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is reported to have said:

أَتَاكُمْ رَمَضَانُ شَهْرٌ مُبَارَكٌ فَرَضَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ عَلَيْكُمْ صِيَامَهُ تُفْتَحُ فِيهِ أَبْوَابُ السَّمَاءِ وَتُغْلَقُ فِيهِ أَبْوَابُ الْجَحِيمِ وَتُغَلُّ فِيهِ مَرَدَةُ الشَّيَاطِينِ لِلَّهِ فِيهِ لَيْلَةٌ خَيْرٌ مِنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ مَنْ حُرِمَ خَيْرَهَا فَقَدْ حُرِمَ

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 the rebellious devils are chained up. In it Allah has a night which is better than a thousand months; whoever is deprived of its goodness is indeed deprived.”

[an-Nasa’i (2106) and Musnad Ahmad (8769); Sh. Al-Albani authenticated it in Sahih Sunan al-Nasa’i 2105]

Sources: Islamweb.net and Sh. Saalih al-‘Usaymi

2 thoughts on “Are We Allowed to Say ‘Ramadan Kareem’?”

  1. Asalaam alikum, Ramadan Mubaarak

    I suggest your read these;

    SAYING RAMADAN KAREEM EXPLAINED BY SHAYKH FAWZAN
    QUESTION: THE STATEMENT “RAMADAN KAREEM”, IS NOT ALLAH AL KAREEM?

    ANSWER: THIS HAS NO BASIS. THEIR STATEMENT RAMADAN KAREEM, THIS HAS NO BASIS. AS FOR “RAMADAN SHAREEF”, “RAMADAN MUBAARIK”, “RAMADAN ATHEEM”, THESE DESCRIPTIONS APPEAR IN VARIOUS NARRATIONS. ATHEEM, MUBAARIK, SHAREEF, THERE IS NO PROBLEM (WITH THESE TERMS). AS FOR KAREEM, THEN I DO NOT KNOW OF ANY ORIGIN FOR THIS.

    TRANSLATED BY RASHEED IBN ESTES BARBEE

    http://MTWS.POSTEROUS.COM/SAYING-RAMADAN-KAREEM-EXPLAINED-BY-SHAYKH-FAW

    SAYING RAMADAN KAREEM EXPLAINED BY SHAYKH UTHAYMIN
    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?

    SHAYKH UTHAMIN: 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 THIS 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 ASSUMED.

    AND THEY HAVE SAID THAT IT IS INCUMBENT UPON THE PERSON TO HAVE TAQWA 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:

    يا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

    “OH YOU WHO BELIEVE FASTING HAS BEEN PRESCRIBED FOR YOU LIKE IT WAS PRESCRIBED FOR THOSE BEFORE YOU THAT YOU MAY OBTAIN TAQWA.”

    SO THE WISDOM BEHIND THE OBLIGATION OF FASTING IS TO GAIN TAQWA 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:

    من لم يدع قول الزور، والعمل به، والجهل، فليس لله حاجة في أن يدع طعامه وشرابه
    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.

    TRANSLATED BY RASHEED BIN ESTES BARBEE

    http://WWW.SAHAB.NET/FORUMS/INDEX.PHP?SHOWTOPIC=130714

    1. WS,

      Yes I am aware of this but it’s not very convincing with all due respect to them. It seems a bit exaggerated. I strongly doubt anyone who says ‘Ramadan Kareem’ intends by it what Sh. ‘Uthyameen is suggesting. They usually intend what was mentioned in the article.

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