But what does the phrase “Ramadan Kareem” mean? I tried a quick search of the web and got bupkis for explanation. There is a site by that name, but it seems to be just general explanation of what Ramadan is.
How much you want to bet we get at least one ugly incident of blatant Islamophobia here in the USA during this Ramadan?
God’s names number 99 and they are called in Arabic “Asma (names) Al Husna “devine”. Among them is the name AL KAREEM which means THE GENEROUS. Here are all the names http://www.sufism.org/society/asma/
assages from the Qur’an on the
The 99 Names of God
And God’s alone are the attributes of perfection; invoke Him, then, by these, and stand aloof from all who distort the meaning of His attributes.
Al A’Raf 7:180, tr. Asad
Say: “Invoke God, or invoke the Most Gracious:
by whichever name you invoke Him,
He is always the One — for His are all the attributes of perfection.”
Al Isra 17:110, tr. Asad
Allah is He, other than Whom there is no other god;
Who knows both what is hidden and what can be witnessed;
He is the Most Compassionate and Merciful.
Allah is He, other than Whom there is no other god;
the Sovereign, the One, the Source of Peace,
the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Security,
the Exalted, the Compelling, the Supreme.
Glory be to God, beyond any associations.
He is Allah, the Creator, the Evolver, the Bestower of Form.
To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names:
Whatever exists in heaven and earth declares His Praise and Glory.
And He is Exalted in Power, the Wise.
Al Hashr 59:22
Remember fasting the whole month of Ramadan carries many good things like the healing of the soul, the body and the spirit. Soul-wise, it purifies our thoughts and intentions – a true grass-root to Yin and Yang so to speak, a real inner reflection on what’s important today, tomorrow and in the hereafter. It is about life’s priorities in all aspects-monetary, family & friends, husband/wife, and how we achieve or what means do we use to meet our emotional, psychological and material needs. Is it through lies and deceits or through loyalty, truth and absolute halal deeds, and if one is in doubt about a thought then fasting or Ramadan is a reminder to stay the course as no one knows when her or his meeting with Allah (SBW) is. Body-wise, during Ramadan all excesses the body endured like getting fat or earning illicit money to have halal food or the opposite earning lawfully her/his wages while eating and drinking illicit and Haram food and drinks like porc, alcohol, cigarettes and drugs come to a stop! The body will finally have its chance to rest.During extended fasts the body removes: dead, dying and diseased cells; unwanted fatty tissue, trans-fatty acids, hardened coating of mucus on the intestinal wall; toxic waste matter in the lymphatic system and bloodstream; toxins in the spleen, liver and kidney; mucus from the lungs and sinuses, imbedded toxins in the cellular fibers and deeper organ tissues; deposits in the microscopic tubes responsible for nourishing brain cells and excess cholesterol. http://www.falconblanco.com/health/fasting.htm
As for the spirit, during fasting our spirit gets the chance to rest as well simply because God said that the month of Ramadan belongs to him (He imposed on us E’Sayam “fasting” as he imposed it on people before us -Surat Al Bakara) meaning the reciting of Qur’an, filling our spirit with Heavenly reading and prayers and other holy thoughts through out the day and night. Our spirit slowly gets to accommodates itself to be more tolerant, more forgiving, and starts to look at back on the past months where futile and stupid small things got people to lose friendship and brother/sisterhood and fight for mundane worldly things that do not last nor serve us once we are no longer part of this world.
All the above (soul, body, spirit) are constantly bombarded by Satan through out the year to commit an illicit act, abuse oneself and others, and Ramadan is the month where all Djins are imprisoned and finally for us to be nearer our creator, to adore him, to please him and obey the Suna, be steadfast with our religious duties and observe the five pillars of Islam so we may die Muslimeen and Muslimat.
Ramadan Moubarak to all of you and may Allah bring peace to your hearts and may He bring healing to the sick and ease of pain to those suffering, and justice to those wronged. Ameen ya Rab al Allameen.
As far as I know it is not AL Kareem one of 99 Lord’s names which is used so you can use it, and Allah swt knows the Best… may this month be the one of unity, solidarity, hope for our suffering brothers and sisters in Eastern Africa and in all the Muslim world…
@Dwayne: Peace Man! 🙂 yet I must humbly remind you or recall one important thing about the word “peace” when translated into Arabic it is Salam, a word that all Muslims around the world use as a form of Greetings, and guess what – I might disappoint you a bit though, It is an Islamic (Arabic) word of choice as the Prophet Mohamed (s.a.a.w.) greeted his companions with this word. So, Salam just for the sake of it even though it comes with an Islamic connotation. And this is this very same word that will be used when we get greeted in Al Jana (paradise) in Sha-Allah (God willing), and may you join us if you are among the Al Muhsinun.
May Allah (SWT) bestow his pleasure on us, and may he shine each of our steps and lighten our path and guide us into all that is Halal and accepts from us our Si’yam (fasting) during this holy month of Ramadan. Ameen.