How to Celebrate Ramadan and What to Write in Ramadan Greetings
Around the world, 1.6 billion Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset during the month of Ramadan. An important period in the Islamic faith, it occurs during the ninth month as this is when it is believed that the Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammed. As a result, Muslims use this period of time to reflect and to focus on spirituality rather than their earthly needs.
If you are looking to send greetings cards for Ramadan, read on for inspiration and to learn more about this important holiday of fasting, prayer, and reflection.
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When and where is Ramadan celebrated?
In 2021, fasting for Ramadan is expected to start at sundown on Monday 12th April. This is not yet guaranteed, as the month of fasting begins on the first sighting of a crescent moon at the start of the new moon calendar.
A time of abstinence, Ramadan occurs during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. However, the Islamic calendar changes each year in line with the lunar cycle. As a result, it usually begins around 11 days earlier each year. It is observed in all Islamic countries, and many people observe the holiday elsewhere. Traditionally, you can convey greetings at the start of the holy month of Ramadan. Alternatively, you can send cards to celebrate its ending, with the festival of Eid al-Fitr starting on Wednesday, May 12.
5 Ways to Celebrate Ramadan
If you or your loved ones are observing the Holy Month of Ramadan, there are many ways that you can mark this time or send your greetings. Some of our favorite ways to celebrate include:
One of the five pillars of Islam, sawm or fasting is an important practice in the Muslim faith. This means that they are not permitted to eat or drink anything, including water, whilst the sun is shining. During Ramadan, fasting must also be correlated with the person’s niyyah or intention. This means that it is not about simply abstaining, but rather ensuring that the fast is intended as an act of worship to Allah.
#2 Feasting at Iftar
In many Islamic countries, restaurants are closed throughout the day, and people do not consume food or drink until sundown. After which, they offer their evening prayers and enjoy a rich and decadent meal that is known as iftar.
#3 Give to charity
Fasting during this Islamic observation is to remind Muslims of the sufferings of people who are living in poverty. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims are encouraged to donate to charity, help those who are suffering and make contributions to their mosque.
#4 Send greetings cards
Let your loved ones know you care with Ramadan Mubarak messages sent on cards. Traditionally, cards are sent at either the beginning of the month or to mark Eid at the end of the month.
#5 Breaking the fast for Eid-al-Fitr
Arguably, the holiest time in the Islamic faith, Radamdan ends with the beginning of the celebration Eid-al-Fitr. Known as the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’, it is celebrated during the first three days of Shawwal.
What to write in a card
If you are looking to send greetings to your Muslim family or friends this Ramadan, it can be difficult to determine what to write. Check out some of the greetings below to inspire your Ramadan Kareem wishes.
Traditional Ramadan messages in Arabic
If you want to include Arabic messages on your Ramadan card, you could write something like:
- Kullu am wa antum bi-khair – Translates roughly as “May you be well throughout the year.”
- Atyab at-tihani bi-munasabat hulul shahru Ramadan al-Mubarak – Translates to “The most precious congratulations on the occasion of the coming of Ramadan.”
- Eid Mubarak – “A blessed ‘Eid.”
Ramadan messages for the family
Alternatively, if you are writing a card for a family member, your message could be something like:
- Embrace humility to experience prosperity, sacrifice for blessings and offer it up for reward.
- May Allah bless you with peace and grace during this holy month of Ramadan
- May the crescent moon of Ramadan guide you on your path to enlightenment. Ramadan Mubarak!
Traditional Ramadan messages
Traditional Ramadan messages for greetings cards could include:
- As you fast from dawn to dusk, may the light of Allah, the warmth of love, and the comfort of peace guide you.
- May Ramadan bring peace and harmony into your home
- Inshallah, may your prayers will be granted and your 30 days of clemency be peaceful.
Ramadan messages for long distance friends
If you are writing a card to a long-distance friend, you could write:
- Sending you Ramadan wishes over the mountains and across the oceans. I hope you will stay healthy and happy throughout the Holy Month
- And may Allah shower his blessings on you and yours, and may you find Allah’s mercy and compassion wherever you go.
- Sending Ramadan Kareem wishes, messages, and prayers from my home to yours.
When to send a Ramadan card?
When you spend your Ramadan card will depend on where you are located and where your recipient lives. We recommend sending it as early as possible to ensure that your loved one receives it in time for the holiday.
If you live in the United States, post typically takes around 7-10 days nationally. If you are looking to send cards this year, you should send them at the start of April to mark the beginning of the season.
In the UK, it depends on whether you are sending your cards via first-class or second-class mail. First-class promises to be within two to three working days, including Saturday.
The time it takes to post in Australia is dependent on your location and where you are sending it. Typically, it can be anything between two and eight business days.
In Canada, your recipient should expect to receive their Ramadan greetings card around four working days after it has been sent.
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Now what? A holiday that brings together over a billion people from all walks of life, Ramadan spreads messages of love, sympathy, and care. Let your loved ones know that you are thinking of them, by sharing one of our Ramadan Mubarak card greetings above. Alternately, check out the superb selection of Ramadan cards that we have available at MyPostcard.com.