The Meaning of Ramadan Kareem
Ramadan Kareem is a greeting in the Arabic language that is used to wish happiness during the start of the holy month of Ramadan. The word Kareem means generous or bountiful in the Arabic language. Ramadan is the 9th month of the Muslim calendar. Muslims will wish each other Ramadan Kareem at the start of the Ramadan month. Also used is Ramadan Mubarak. Mubarak means blessed in the Arabic language.
The holy month of Ramadan is a very important month for Muslim because the first verses of the Holy Qur'an were revealed to Prophet Muhammad during a period of meditation and solitude in a cave near Mecca in the 7th Century. Therefore, Ramadan has been set aside for acts of worship and fasting. Muslims spend the month in meditation, prayer and abstinence from food, drinks, smoking and sexual acts between dawn and dusk.
The fast, during this month, is intended to be a challenging act taking the believer to a higher level of closeness to God. Some of the expected outcomes are cleansing of the soul by staying away from worldly pleasures, practicing self-discipline, sacrifice, generosity and charity.
Muslims believe that the gates of hell, and Satan are locked up during this month while the gates of heaves are open. Also, God forgives all previous sins of those who fast and pray sincerely during the month of Ramadan.
Muslims spend much time reading the Quran during this month. Many try to finish the enture Quran within the month, while others strive to complete the Quran several times.
Prophet Muhammad has said that:
Whosoever recites only one 'Ayat' in Holy Ramadan, he will be awarded as if he had recited the full Qur'an, in other months. Holy Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W.)