'Ramadan Mubarak' and Other Common Ramadan Greetings

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During Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, Muslim faithful greet one other by saying, "Ramadan Mubarak." This greeting, which means "blessed Ramadan," is just one traditional way that people welcome friends and passersby alike during this holy time. 

Ramadan's Origins

Ramadan celebrates the date in A.D. 610 when, according to Islamic tradition, the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

During the month, Muslims are called to renew their spiritual commitment through daily fasting, prayer, and acts of charity. It is a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on Allah, and practice self-discipline.

Ramadan Greetings

Muslims believe Ramadan is filled with blessings to be shared with one and all, and it is appropriate to wish them well at the beginning of the month. Besides saying "Ramadan Mubarak," another traditional Arabic greeting is "Ramadan Kareem" ("Noble Ramadan"). If you're feeling particularly eloquent, you may choose to wish your friends well by saying, "Kul 'am wa enta bi-khair," which means, "May every year find you in good health."

Messages to Send Friends and Loved Ones

In addition to common Ramadan greetings, some expressions are frequently used among friends and family to wish them well. One of the most common is, "As you fast and offers prayers to Allah, may you find your peace and happiness.

Have a peaceful and happy Ramadan!" Or, the greeting may be simpler, such as "Wishing you all the blessings of the holy month." The words are less important than the intent and compassion behind them.

Quotes from the Quran

The Quran, Islam's holy book, contains many quotes related to Ramadan and its observances.

Sending quotes from the Quran to friends or family is one way to show your devotion to the faith. The choice of quote is a matter of personal choice. For example, if a friend is struggling with maintaining the fast, you could offer this quote from Quran 16:128 in support: "Allah is with those who restrain themselves."

Ramadan's End

At the end of the month, Muslims observe a holiday called Eid al-Fitr. After reciting special prayers to end the final fast, the faithful begin their celebration of Eid. As with Ramadan, there are special greetings for welcoming your friends at Eid.

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