Say ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ not ‘Ramadan Kareem’

When some people, for example, lie in Ramadan, or when he cheats or backbites, and others prohibit him saying to him, ‘This is haraam (forbidden),’ he says ‘Ramadan kareem’. What is the ruling for that?

Answer: The ruling of that is that the statement ‘Ramadan kareem’ is not correct. Rather it should be said ‘Ramadan Mubarak’, or whatever is similar to it, because it is not Ramadan itself that gives so that it can be kareem (generous), in fact it is Allah who placed the grace in it, and made it a special month, and a time to perform one of the pillars of Islam. 

It is as if the one saying this thinks that the sacredness of the time allows him to commit transgressions. This is turning around what the people of knowledge have said that bad deeds are greater at special times and places, the opposite of what the one saying this imagines. They say that it is obligatory to fear Allah – the honourable and majestic – at all times, and in all places, especially in special times and special places.

Allah – the honourable and majestic – says,

O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious – see V.2:2). [2:183]

Allah shows that the wisdom of fasting is taqwa (God-consciousness) of Allah – the honourable and majestic – by fulfilling His commandments and avoiding His prohibitions. It has been ascertained from the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) that he said, “Whosoever does not leave speaking falsehood, or acting with it or ignorance, then Allah has no need that he leaves his food and drink.”

Fasting is cultivation of the self, guarding it from the prohibitions of Allah, and not as this ignoramus says that due to the sacredness and blessing of this month it allows commiting transgressions. 

Translated by Rasheed bin Estes Barbee


رمضان مبارك لا رمضان كريم –

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

رمضان مبارك لا رمضان كريم

سئل فضيلة الشيخ محمد العثيمين ـ رحمه الله تعالى ـ: حينما يقع الصائم في معصية من المعاصي وينهى عنها يقول: «رمضان كريم» فما حكم هذه الكلمة؟ وما حكم هذا التصرف؟

فأجاب فضيلته بقوله: حكم ذلك أن هذه الكلمة «رمضان كريم» غير صحيحة، وإنما يقال: «رمضان مبارك» وما أشبه ذلك، لأن رمضان ليس هو الذي يعطي حتى يكون كريماً، وإنما الله تعالى هو الذي وضع فيه الفضل، وجعله شهراً فاضلاً، ووقتاً لأداء ركن من أركان الإسلام، وكأن هذا القائل يظن أنه لشرف الزمان يجوز فيه فعل المعاصي، وهذا خلاف ما قاله أهل العلم بأن السيئات تعظم في الزمان والمكان الفاضل، عكس ما يتصوره هذا القائل، وقالوا: يجب على الإنسان أن يتقي الله عز وجل في كل وقت وفي كل مكان، لاسيما في الأوقات الفاضلة والأماكن الفاضلة، وقد قال الله عز وجل: {ياأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ } فالحكمة من فرض الصوم تقوى الله عز وجل بفعل أوامره واجتناب نواهيه، وثبت عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم أنه قال: «من لم يدع قول الزور، والعمل به، والجهل، فليس لله حاجة في أن يدع طعامه وشرابه» فالصيام عبادة لله، وتربية للنفس وصيانة لها عن محارم الله، وليس كما قال هذا الجاهل: إن هذا الشهر لشرفه وبركته يسوغ فيه فعل المعاصي.
[ فتاوى العثيمين – المجلد العشرون ص (93 ) ]


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"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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5 Responses to Say ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ not ‘Ramadan Kareem’

  1. I have read from past mushaykh of the salafi minhaj that giving the greetings of ramadan mubarak and ramadan kareem was incorrect and some went as far as to say it was a bid’ah…can anyone direct me to a page where I can get the daleel on this at. Jazakallahu Ta’Aalaa Khair

  2. shukroh says:

    what wil be the reply to ramadan mubarak? Thinks.

  3. shukroh says:

    pls. What wil be the reply to ramadan mubarak!

  4. AHMAD says:

    Masha Allah

  5. AHMAD says:


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