The History and Etymology of “Ramaḍān” – Dr. Choukri Heddouchi

Upon greeting the blessed month of Ramaḍān, seldom do we reflect upon the wisdom behind the use of the word Ramaḍān, specifically for the month of fasting. How have Muslim scholars traced the etymology of this word? What sorts of lessons and reminders can be extracted from such an exercise? In this video, Dr. Choukri Heddouchi begins to explore these questions and helps us to use this mental exercise to shift our focus towards our nafs and seeking Allah’s forgiveness in this blessed month.

Dr. Choukri Heddouchi is the Chair of the Department of Arabic and the Dean of students.