Q. What is the ruling on saying “Ramadan Mubarak” as some say it is “sunnah” and some say it is a “bidah” (innovation)?

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A. To welcome the month is good ‘alhumdulliah’ and prophet (saw) used to inform the people about  this blessed month. Hadith (Musanand Ahmad, vol. 2, page 230, hadith 7148, repeated in Sunan Al Nasai) “The prophet (saw) always used to tell the people when the month was approaching. “O people the blessed month of Ramadan is approaching you and Allah (swt) has prescribed you to fast in this month. “Ramadan Mubarak”  is mostly said in Indian sub-continent, by the Indians and Pakistanis. Mubarak means “barakat” (blessing) as it is actually an Arabic word. But when used by Indians or Pakistanis, it is a type of congratulation. Like someone passes an examination people congratulate by saying “Mubarak” in Urdu. So when Ramadan comes, they say “Ramadan Mubarak”. According to me it not a “bidah” (innovation). It is good they are calling this month a blessed month. What word you choose is…

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