Happy Ramadan in German: 10 Best Ramadan Phrases in German

As we explore the globe, we encounter Muslim religious communities in German-speaking countries such as Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. For these communities, Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and increased level of devotion. DW News did a great report on how Ramadan in German speaking countries is celebrated:

This blog post will introduce you to the most important German phrases and vocabulary related to Ramadan. Let’s understand this holiday better, so we can all understand each other better!

1. What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is an Islamic holy month of fasting, introspection, and prayer.

It is observed by Muslims around the world, including those in German-speaking countries.

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The simplest way to wish someone a “Happy Ramadan” in German is to say “Frohen Ramadan”.

2. When is Ramadan?

The Ramadan Monat (Month of Ramadan) is determined by the lunar Islamic calendar and begins with the sighting of the new moon.

This means its start and end dates vary each year; for instance, in 2024, Ramadan will start on Sunday, March 10, and last until Tuesday, April 9.

It is a period during which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset as an act of worship and a means to grow closer to Allah. This practice is one of the Five Pillars of Islam (more on the five pillars on Wikipedia), which in German are:

  1. Shahada: Das Glaubensbekenntnis (The declaration of faith)
  2. Salah: Das Gebet (The prayer)
  3. Zakat: Die verpflichtende Almosenabgabe (The obligatory charity)
  4. Sawm: Das Fasten während des Ramadanmonats (Fasting during the month of Ramadan)
  5. Hajj: Die Pilgerfahrt nach Mekka (The pilgrimage to Mecca)

3. How to Wish Someone a Happy Ramadan in German?

You might wonder whether you can even express your Ramadan greetings in German. And the answer is, absolutely!

Here’s a table to help you translate these heartfelt wishes about Ramadan in German:

Wish someone a Happy Ramadan in German

GermanEnglish
Frohen RamadanHappy Ramadan
Segnungen in diesem RamadanBlessings on this Ramadan
Mögest du einen friedlichen Ramadan habenMay you have a peaceful Ramadan
Ein Ramadan mit viel GesundheitA Ramadan with good health
Möge dieser Ramadan reinigend wirkenMay this Ramadan be purifying
Ramadan MubarakRamadan Mubarak
Ramadan KareemRamadan Kareem
Genieße das Fasten im RamadanEnjoy the Ramadan fast
Mögen deine Gebete erhört werdenMay your prayers be answered
Ein Ramadan voller ReflexionenA Ramadan full of reflections

4. Ramadan Vocabulary in German

To comprehend Ramadan fully, it is essential to know the key expressions that are connected to this month-long observance. You have terms like der Sonnenaufgang (sunrise) and der Sonnenuntergang (sunset).

Here are some useful German terms tied to Ramadan customs:

Ramadan customs in German

GermanEnglish
FastenFasting
GebetPrayer
IftarThe evening meal breaking the fast
SuhurThe pre-dawn meal before fasting starts
TarawihAdditional nightly prayers
ZakatCharitable giving
Eid al-FitrThe festival marking the end of Ramadan
SadaqahVoluntary charity or acts of kindness
Laylat al-QadrThe Night of Power, a significant night during Ramadan
SuhoorAnother term for pre-dawn meal (Suhur)
QiyamNightly prayers, especially during Ramadan
KhutbahSermon or speech given on Fridays or special occasions
I’tikafSpiritual retreat or seclusion for intensified worship during the last ten days of Ramadan
FitraThe obligatory charity given before Eid al-Fitr to purify those who fast from any indecent act or speech and to help the poor and needy
DhikrRemembrance of Allah through prayers and supplications

5. Learn More About Ramadan with Conversation Based Chunking

Let’s see how all these terms can be used in a real-life conversation:

Benny: Gehst du heute Abend zur Moschee für das Tarawih? (Are you going to the mosque for Tarawih tonight?)
Rayan: Ja, nach dem Iftar. Ich muss auch daran denken, das Zakat vor Ende des Ramadan zu zahlen. (Yes, after iftar. I must also remember to pay zakat before Ramadan ends.)

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