كلمة الشهر

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كرم

We would like to wish a happy New Years and we hope you had fun ringing in the new calendar year! To start off 2015, we present our next installment of our monthly Arabic word of the month series. Last month (and last year), we highlighted the term ‘al-insaanieh’ (الإنسانية). To start off the new year, the word for this month is كرم , transliterated as ‘karam’. ‘Karam’ is the Arabic word for generosity, and is quite prominent in Arab culture.

‘Karam’ provides the root for common names such as Kareem (كريم) and Akram (أكرم). The name Kareem has origins in Islam, as it is one of the many names given for Allah. Translated into the English, Kareem means generous, while Akram translates to ‘most generous’ or ‘more generous’. The notion behind such a name is simply that it reflects the generosity of Allah. Furthermore, the existence of these names illustrates the giving culture that has been present in Arab (and Islamic) culture for many years.

We hope you enjoyed this month’s word, and look forward to celebrating the beauty and generosity of the Arabic language and culture in the New Year.

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