The Meaning of the word ‘Ramadan’


The definition of Ramadan:

Ramadan, Rhamadhan [ˌræməˈdɑːn], Ramazan[ˌræməˈzɑːn]

1. (Non-Christian Religions / Islam) the ninth month of the Muslim year, lasting 30 days, during which strict fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset
2.(Non-Christian Religions / Islam) the fast itself
[from Arabic, literally: the hot month, from ramad dryness].

source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Ramadan

  • In Arabic, the word ‘ramadan’ as mentioned by al-Nasafi means:

وَرَمَضَانُ مُشْتَقٌّ مِنْ الْإِرْمَاضِ أَيْ الْإِحْرَاقِ وَقَدْ رَمِضَ يَرْمَضُ رَمَضًا مِنْ حَدِّ عَلِمَ أَيْ احْتَرَقَ وَأَرْمَضَهُ غَيْرُهُ وَالرَّمْضَاءُ الْحِجَارَةُ الْمُحْمَاةُ وَفِي الْمَثَلِ كَالْمُسْتَغِيثِ مِنْ الرَّمْضَاءِ بِالنَّارِ يُضْرَبُ لِمَنْ اسْتَغَاثَ مِنْ ظَالِمٍ إلَى مَنْ هُوَ أَظْلَمُ مِنْهُ أَوْ نَفَرَ مِنْ أَمْرٍ شَدِيدٍ إلَى أَمْرٍ أَشَدَّ مِنْهُ 

“…and [the term] ‘Ramadan’ is derived from the word ‘al-irmad’ which means ‘intense heat and burning’ (al-ihraq) […] and ‘al-ramda’’ which means heated stones’ (al-hijara al-muhmat)…” al-Nasafi, Talbat al-Talaba fi Istilahat al-Fuqaha’, s.v. r / m / d, p.27. See also E. W. Lane, Arabic-English Lexicon, Bk.1, pp.1156-1157.


And Allah knows best

s. z. chowdhury 


One thought on “The Meaning of the word ‘Ramadan’

  1. he Islamic month of Ramadan comes from the Sanskrit word “Rama-dhyan”. “Dhyan” means to meditate and “Ram” in Sanskrit means ‘the one who shines in the heart’. Thus Ramadan refers to a time to meditate on God

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