Ibn al-'Uthaymeen: Say 'Ramadan Mubarak' not 'Ramadan Kareem'

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  1. Turaabie

    Turaabie It is as it should be.

    Q. 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?

    A. 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.

    From a collection of the Shaykh Ibn al-'Uthaymeen's fatwas, As`ilah wa ajwibah 'an alfaaz wa mafaaheem fee meezaan al-sharee'ah ("Questions and Answers on Expressions and Concepts in the Scale of the Shariah") printed by Maktab al-Da'wah of Britain.
  2. Abu shaam

    Abu shaam 1Ummah

    Just came across this discussion recently. I am still undecided about the issue anyway.

    source: Islam Question and Answer - Is saying Ramadan Mubarak be bidah
  3. Saracen 21st AD

    Saracen 21st AD New Member

    Fatwa answered by: The Fatwa Center at Islamweb

    Source: http://www.islamweb.net/emainpage/PrintFatwa.php?lang=E&Id=83606
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2012
  4. Saracen 21st AD

    Saracen 21st AD New Member

    As-Salāmu `Alaykum (السلام عليكم) ,

    I can understand what the Sheikh (rahimahullah) is saying here. But the most of (or rather all) the Muslims I have seen do not use the words Ramadan Kareem to mean that it's a month of transgression (Naudhubillah). This month is a special month where we can earn lots of reward from Allah. A good example is Shab-e-Qadr. This night is greater than thousand nights. So, it's generous in the sense that it (month of Ramadan) gives us soooooooooooo many (/much) chance(s) to earn rewards and mercy of Allah (SWT)!!! This month is indeed blessed, and also generous for us.
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2012

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