What is Ramadan Kareem

What does "Ramadan Mubarak" & "Ramadan Kareem" mean in German? Translation, meaning

"Ramadan Mubarak" and "Ramadan Kareem" are said to Muslims who are fasting as a greeting and wish for Ramadan. They are said with similar intentions but have different meanings.

Ramadan Mubarak / Ramadan Kareem: meaning in German, translation

If you don't want to upset Muslims, you should know the meaning of "Ramadan Mubarak" and "Ramadan Kareem":

  • "Ramadan Mubarak" means in German: "Blessed Ramadan".
  • "Ramadan Kareem" means in German: "Have a generous Ramadan". (“Kareem” is sometimes also written as “Karim”.)

“Ramadan Mubarak” and “Ramadan Kareem” are said at the beginning of Ramadan.

The Arabic word "Mubarak" means in German: "Blessing". The Arabic word "Kareem" means in German: "Generous". In the Arab world, "Mubarak" is a common surname.

Ramadan Mubarak or Ramadan Kareem: What's the Difference? Meaning in German

“Ramadan Kareem” is understood in the sense that Ramadan should be generous to the fasting Muslims. Some Muslims prefer “Ramadan Mubarak” because “Ramadan Kareem” is a contradiction in terms for them. Ramadan cannot in itself be generous, but in Islamic belief it is Allah who is generous.

Both wishes - Ramadan Kareem and Ramadan Mubarak - have only positive intentions. Here it depends on the Muslims to whom one of the wishes is said and how they rate the wish. If you want to be on the safe side, say “Ramadan Mubarak”!

Alternatively, you can also request in German:

  • Happy Ramadan
  • Blessed Ramadan
  • Good ramadan

For the time after Ramadan, when the festival of the breaking of the fast (Arabic: “Eid al-Fitr”, also known as the Sugar Festival) begins, “Eid Mubarak” is said. "Eid Mubarak" means "Happy Feast" or "Blessed Feast". You can find out more about Eid Mubarak here.

You can find out what “Bayram” means in German here.

You can find our little dictionary for Ramadan here.

Other well-known Arabic terms are: Inshallah, Hamdullah, Mashallah, Allahu Akbar, Salam Aleikum

Ramadan is the most important month in the Islamic calendar and one of the most important festivals. Since the Islamic calendar is based on the moon, Ramadan shifts annually.

During Ramadan, fasting Muslims remember the moment when their prophet Mohammed received the first verses of the Koran from God. With fasting, Muslims want to renounce all earthly needs during the day in order to get closer to God.

During Ramadan, eating and drinking is prohibited between sunrise and sunset. Gambling, smoking, alcohol and sexual intercourse are also prohibited.

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