There are two main greetings used to send well-wishes to those observing Ramadan. These are ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ and ‘Ramadan Kareem’ .
What do ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ and ‘Ramadan Kareem’ mean?
Ramadan Mubarak is the most well-known phrase to those outside of Islam, and can be used as a general ‘happy Ramadan’ greeting.
The direct translation is ‘blessed Ramadan’, or can also be used to say “may this Ramadan clear your understanding and judgement between right and wrong”.
Sentiments behind this statement are more spiritual, wishing someone that a prosperous holy month allows them to choose good over evil.
It is often used by muslims to greet family and friends who are observing the holy month.
The direct translation for ‘Ramadan Kareem’ is “have a generous Ramadan”.
However, it can also mean “may Allah give you all the prosperity and success” or “May Allah bless you with wealth and happiness and give you a healthy life”.
This means that you are wishing someone best as they prepare to fast for one month.
In response to ‘Ramadan Kareem’, ‘Allah Akram’ can be said.
This means “God is more generous”.