Ramadan phrases to learn

Check out this essential guide of phrases you need to know

Ramadan phrases to learn

This means “break fast”. It is the meal at sunset to break the the fast.

Pre-dawn meal before the fast begins for the day.

Ramadan Kareem
A greeting that means “generous Ramadan”.

Ramadan Mubarak
Another greeting to wish people a happy Ramadan, which means “congratulations, it’s Ramadan”.

The word used for fasting and one of the five pillars of Islam.

This is another of the five pillars of Islam. It requires adult Muslims to pay 2.5 percent of their wealth to the needy. While It can be paid at any time during the year, but is more prominent during Ramadan.

Prayer, another of the five pillars of Islam. Five prayer times are observed throughout the day, the first at dawn, then at noon, mid-afternoon, sunset and night.

Special congregational prayers held each evening during Ramadan, in addition to the five daily prayers.

Eid al-Fitr
Meaning “feast of breaking the fast”, this three-day celebration marks the end of Ramadan and the start of “Shawwal” – the tenth month in the Islamic calendar – with prayers, festivities, food and gifts.

‘Siyam Kareem’
Blessed fasting.

‘Taqabbala Allah’
My God accept your fasting/prayers.

‘Embarak alaikum shahr Ramadan’
May the month of Ramadan be a blessing for you.

‘Eid Mubarak’
Blessed Eid.

‘Tafaddal iftar ma3na’
Please join us for iftar.

‘Hal anta saa’im?’
Are you fasting?

‘Anaa saa’im’
I am fasting.

Hello - Marhaba
Goodbye - Maa’ assalama
Please - Low samaht
Thank you - Mashkoor
Yes - Na’am
No - La
Excuse me - Afwan, Itha samaht
One - Wahid
Two - Ethnin
Three - Thalatha
Four - Arba'a
Five - Khamsa
Six - Setta
Seven - Saba'a
Eight - Thamaneya
Nine - Tes'a
Ten - Ashara

Happy Ramadan
Ramadan Kareem

Are you fasting?
Enta sayem? (to a male).
Enti sayma? (to a female).

What is this called?

Shu ssm hal shay?

How are you?
Wesh olumak?

Excuse me
Afwan, Itha samaht

Do you speak English?
Tetkallem Engleesi?

I do not understand
Mu fahem alek

I like this food
Ana aheb hal-akel

Where are you from?
Mn wein bladak?

What time is it?
Kam el sa'a al-heen?

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