Ramadan 2022: 5 Arabic phrases to learn for Ramadan


In a few days time, the holy month of Ramadan will begin. The religious event is one of tne of the biggest in the Islamic calendar and is one of the most important events for Muslims, due to its focus on won’t eat or drink during daylight – which is known as fasting.

Ramadan remembers the month the Qur’an (the Muslim holy book) was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Lailut ul-Qadr (‘The Night of Power’) is recognized as the actual night the Qur’an was revealed.

Every year, the exact dates of Ramadan change because Islam uses a calendar based on the cycles of the Moon. This year, it will begin in the UK in the evening of Saturday, April 2 and will end on Sunday, May 1.

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Eid al-Fitr is known as the Festival of Breaking the Fast and marks the end of Ramadan

Fasting times are based upon sunrise and sunset, which means this year’s fasting period will gradually get longer by the day as summer approaches. During Ramadan, Muslims teach themselves self-discipline and fasting allows for them to reflect on the poor – they also attend special services in Mosques where the Qur’an is read.

Muslims spend time with family and friends and help people in need because Ramadan is a time for prayer and good deeds. A lot of Muslims will have one meal known as suhoor just before dawn and another called iftar, just after sunset.

Eid ul-Fitr, known as the Festival of Breaking the Fast, marks the end of Ramadan and is a big celebration for Muslims. They thank Allah for the strength he gave them during the previous month and celebrate the end of fasting.

London is home to a growing Muslim population. In 2018, there were nearly 1.26 million Muslims in the capital, which makes up 14.2 per cent of London’s population.

It’s highly likely your neighbor, your postman, your local shopkeeper or your friends who follow the religion. With this in mind, here’s a list of Arabic words you can learn to say during the holy month of Ramadan.

1.Ramadan Mubarak/Kareem

‘Ramadan Kareem’ and ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ are both expressions that are regularly used throughout the common month of Ramadan. They both roughly translate as ‘have a blessed or generous Ramadan’.

2. Al Salam Alaikum

This is a widely used Arabic greeting, which means ‘peace be upon you’. It can be used everywhere from entering a home, office or bumping into someone in the street. The greeting is used as a way of extending hospitality and friendship and can be used by both men and women. The traditional response is ‘Wa-Alaikum-Salaam’.

3.Eid Mubarak

Eid means a Muslim festival or celebration and Mubarak means blessed. Together it means blessed celebration and used as a greeting to mark the end of the month of Ramadan where a three-day festivity follows. It is used in during both the Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr celebrations.

4. Sayem?

Sayem is a common question Muslims will ask each other during the holy month of Ramadan. The phrase translates to, ‘are you fasting?’.

5. Masha’Allah

Masha’Allah means, ‘what Allah wants, He gives’ or ‘God has willed’ and is used upon hearing good news or looking at something beautiful. Muslims, even non-Arabs, use this phrase to greet friends or family when they have been blessed with something.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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