Ramadan Greetings: A Guide for Warm Wishes

Ramadan is a very special month for Muslims, where many focus on self-discipline and spiritual purification. They fast from dawn to dusk and try (sometimes unsuccessfully, since they’re hungry) to avoid displays of anger and using foul language. At the start of Ramadan, Muslims congratulate each other for reaching the month and exchange good wishes. It’s also a time when many friends and family members reconcile and reconnect through Ramadan greetings. 

Stay with Playaling – reading this guide will help you master various Ramadan greetings in Arabic, ensuring your wishes are warm and respectful.

A Ramadan greeting card with a mosque

Understanding the basics: “Ramadan Mubarak” and “Ramadan Kareem”

Although “Happy Ramadan” is common in English,  you’d never say “Ramadan Sa’id” (رَمَضَانْ سَعِيْدْ), the literal translation of “Happy Ramadan,” in Arabic. “Ramadan Mubarak” (literally: Blessed Ramadan) and “Ramadan Kareem” (literally: “generous” or “noble” Ramadan) are most common. You can use them in both standard Arabic and in numerous Arabic dialects.

“Ramadan Kareem” is generally more popular than “Ramadan Mubarak” in Egyptian and Levantine Arabic, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Sudan, and Yemen. In contrast, in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, and the Gulf Arab countries, “Ramadan Mubarak” or other popular greetings are preferred.

The response would be:رمَضَان مُبَارَكْ عَلِيْنَا وعَلِيْكُمْ which translates to (Blessed Ramadan upon us and you).

Ramadan Kareem in Arabic script is رَمَضَان كَرِيْمْ (Generous Ramadan), which means may Ramadan be generous to you.

The response would be: الله أَكْرَمْ which translates to (God is the Most Generous)

or رَمَضَان كَرِيْم عَلِيْنَا وْعَلِيْكُمْ (Generous Ramadan upon us and you)

Ramadan Mubarak Vs Ramadan Kareem in Egypt

In Egyptian Arabic, the traditional Ramadan greeting “Ramadan Mubarak” took on a different connotation following President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation in 2011. Since his surname and “blessed” share the same Arabic root (مُبارَك), some Egyptians preferred using “Ramadan Kareem” instead during the years following the Arab Spring, reflecting sensitivities linked to the former president’s name. Fortunately, the name of Egypt’s current president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, doesn’t coincide with any Ramadan greetings. Otherwise, many Egyptians might have had to stop wishing each other a happy Ramadan altogether! 😅

Lesser used greetings for Ramadan in Arabic

In Iraq:

شَهْرْ مُبَارَك

  مُبَارَكْ عَلِيْكُمْ الشَّهْرْ

“May the month be blessed upon you”

In different variations of Maghrebi Arabic:

In Morocco:

عْوَاشْرْكُمْ مَبْرُوكَة

“May your tens days be blessed”

It’s used because Ramadan is divided into three parts, the first ten days dedicated to mercy, the middle ten for God’s forgiveness, and the last ten for liberation from hell.

In Algeria:

صَحْ رَمَضَانَكْ

“Healthy Ramadan to you”

This expression wishes the recipient good health during Ramadan.

In Libya and Mauritania:

مُبَارَك رَمَضَان عَلِيْنَا وْعَلْيْكُمْ

“May the month be blessed upon you and us”

In the Gulf:

مُبَارَكْ عَلِيْكُمْ الشَّهْرْ وْعَسَاكُمْ مِنْ عُوَّادَهْ

“May those special happy days be revisited upon you again and may Ramadan be a blessed month for you”

Extended prayer greetings (for very religious people)

 أَعَادَ اللهُ عَلَيْكُمُ الشَّهْرَ المُبَارَكَ بِالخَيْرِ وَاليُمْنِ وَالمَسَرَّاتِ

May Allah return this blessed month to you with goodness, blessings, and joy.

تَقَبَّلَ اللهُ مِنْكُمُ صَالِحَ الأَعْمَالِ

May Allah accept your good deeds.

تَقَبَّلَ اللهُ صِيَامَكُم وَقِيَامَكُم وَدُعَاءَكُم

May Allah accept your fasting, prayers, and supplications. 

بَلَّغَكَ اللهُ العُشْرَ وَرَفَعَ عَنَّا وَعَنْكَ الشَّرَّ وَأَكْرَمَكَ بِلَيْلَةِ القَدْرِ وَأَسْعَدَكَ طُوْلَ الدَّهْرِ

May Allah grant you the last ten days of Ramadan, lift evil from us and you, honor you with Laylat al-Qadr, and make you happy forever.

The last ten days of Ramadan are considered to return greater rewards, and during this time, Muslims increase their prayers, supplications, and acts of charity. There is special significance on these ten days as Laylat al-Qadr (the Night of Decree) falls on one of these nights, although it’s not known exactly which night. Laylat al-Qadr is a very significant night in Islam as it is the night when the Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad. Good deeds performed on this night are said to be equivalent to those performed over a thousand months.

اللَّهُمَّ بَلِّغْنَا رَمَضَان وَأَعِنَّا عَلَى الصِّيَام وَالقِيَام وَقِرَاءَةِ القُرْآن

O Allah, allow us to reach Ramadan, help us in fasting, praying, and reading the Quran. (The term ‘Allahumma-اللَّهُمَّ’ combines ‘Allah-الله’ and a ‘m-م’, which replaces the vocative ‘ya-يا’ commonly used, signifying a call to Allah alone, with no partners).

اللَّهُمَّ بَلِّغْنَا رَمَضَان لَا فَاقِدِيْن وَلَا مَفْقُوْدِيْنْ

O Allah, let us reach Ramadan without loss or absence.

This prayer is very common, as Muslims wish not to die before witnessing and fasting in Ramadan, and they also wish that none of their loved ones pass away, so they all may reach Ramadan together.

اللَّهُمَّ بَلِّغْنَا رَمَضَان بُلُوْغًا يُغَيِّرُ حَالَنَا إِلَى أَحْسَنِهِ، وَيُهَذِّبُ نُفُوْسَنَا وَيُطَهِّرُ دَوَاخِلَنَا، بُلُوْغَ رَحْمَةٍ وَمَغْفِرَة وَعِتْقٍ مِنَ النَّارِ

O Allah, let us reach Ramadan in a way that changes our condition for the better, refines our souls, and purifies our inner selves, reaching a state of mercy, forgiveness, and liberation from hellfire.

اللَّهُمَّ أَلْهِمْنَا الصَّلاحَ، وَأَبْعِدْ عَنَّا السُّوْءْ وَالكِبَر

O Allah, inspire us to righteousness and keep us away from harm and arrogance.

اللَّهُمَّ  أَخْرِجْنَا مِنْ رَمَضَانْ وَنِحْنُ فِي أَصْلَحِ الأَحْوَالِ

O Allah, let us leave Ramadan in the best state of being.

اللَّهُمَّ اِهْدِنَا فِيْمَنْ هَدَيْتْ، وَعَافِنَا فِيْمَن عَافَيْت، وَتَوَّلَّنَا فِيْمَن تَوَلَّيْتْ، وَقِنَا وَاصْرِفْ عَنَّا شَرَّ مَا قَضَيْتْ، بِرَحْمَتِكَ يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِيْن

O Allah, guide us among those you have guided, heal us among those you have healed, take care of us among those you have taken care of, protect us and shield us from the evil you have decreed, by your mercy, O Most Merciful of the Merciful.

يَا الله أَتِم عَلَيْنَا نِعَمَك، وَاِرْزُقْنَا بِكُلِّ جَمِيْل

O Allah, complete your blessings upon us and grant us every beautiful provision.

These prayers are often found within pre-made images that religious Muslims send to each other, and sometimes they take the form of a video with these prayers written in it or spoken by a sheikh. Therefore, they are not phrases that you would hear on the street among people.

Ramadan Mubarak in Arabic calligraphy

Arabic calligraphy has many styles and is considered a form of art. Here are some images featuring the phrase “Ramadan Mubarak” or “Ramadan Kareem” in Arabic calligraphy. It has now become quite common to send these images to friends and family on social media in order to wish them a Ramadan Kareem, in a similar way as sending someone a card.

Arabic symbols and Ramadan greetings in Arabic

Ramadhan greetings card, with a mosque in the background and Arabic symbols

Ramadan greeting card in Arabic, with an Arabic moon in the background

Sending a Ramadan greeting in Arabic, even if you don’t know the language, adds a friendly touch, showing how much you care about sending a perfect greeting for Ramadan in Arabic and how much you respect other cultures. People will definitely appreciate this attention and kindness, and it will make them happy.

Learning Ramadan greetings in Arabic not only fosters cultural understanding and appreciation but also helps you make meaningful connections with Arabic-speaking communities during this important religious month. Whether exchanging greetings with colleagues, friends, or neighbors, whether you wish them online or in person, this knowledge fosters deeper bonds and promotes unity within diverse societies. So, why don’t you give it a go? Ramadan Kareem! ✨🌙

Videos about Ramadan

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Egyptian

Darija

Gulf

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