Extending greetings on the occasion of Ramadhan

Reference: al-Fowzaan – ad-Da’wah 1575 – Sha’baan 1417H

Question: Upon the start of the month of Ramadhaan, people exchange greetings [on the occasion] of the beginning of this month – just as the greeting for the ‘Eed; Is this [practice something which is] established from the Salaf?

Response: There is no harm in [extending] greeting(s) [on the occasion of] the beginning of the month of Ramadhaan, because the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to extend glad tidings to his companions on the arrival of the month of Ramadhaan, and say:

«O People! there has come to you a great and blessed month…» – [Weak: Transmitted by Ahmad 2/330, 524, Ibn Maajah 1884, al-Bayhaqee 4/304]

…and he would remind them of it’s excellence and inspire them to do acts of worship during it and encourage them upon that; Some of the people of knowledge have said: This [act of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)] forms the basis for greeting [one another on the occasion of] the beginning of the month of Ramadhaan.

حكم التهنئة بدخول رمضان

المرجع: الفوزان / الدعوة 1575 – شعبان 1417هـ

السؤال: في بداية دخول شهر رمضان يتبادل الناس التهاني بحلول هذا الشهر – كالتهنئة بالعيد – هل هذا وارد عن السلف؟

الحواب: لا بأس بالتهنئة بحلول شهر رمضان، لأن النبي (صلى الله عليه و سلم) كان يبشر أصحابه بقدوم شهر رمضان و يقول :

«أيها الناس قد أظلكم شهر عظيم مبارك» [ضعيف: أخرجه أحمد، ز ابن ماجه، و البيهقي]

…و يذكر لهم من فضائله و يحثهم على فعل الطاعات فيه و يرغبهم في ذلك. قال بعض أهل العلم: هذا أصل التهنئة بحلول شهر رمضان.

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