Time Out has a useful guide of Ramadan phrases to learn, including what iftar, suhour, Ramadan Kareem, Marhaba and more mean
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Iftar Iftar literally means ‘to break the fast’. As such, during Ramadan this is the meal with which Muslims break their fast after sunset. Traditionally, this meal will begin with dates and a small glass of juice.
Suhoor This is the first meal of the day, eaten before fasting begins at sunrise, though many Ramadan tents serve suhoor throughout the night.
Eid al-Fitr Falling after 29 or 30 days of fasting, upon the sighting of the new moon, Eid al-Fitr signals the end of Ramadan and is marked with celebrations. Families and friends come together to feast, and donations of food are given to the needy. This year Eid is expected to begin on Monday, July 28.
‘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' al salama Please - Low samaht Thank you - Mashkoor Yes - Na'am No - La 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?