An Arabic Crossword Puzzle on Ramadan (2)

Posted on 14. Jul, 2014 by in Arabic Language, art, Culture, Current Affairs, History, Language

Marhaba! If you are Muslim or you have Muslim friends, you would know that the Holy Month of Ramadan is really about self-evaluation and self-reflection. You would also immediately realize that many of the traditions and activities related to Ramadan are common in other Abrahamic religions as well as other religious traditions. Prayer, fasting, inner reflection, good deeds, and charitable actions are some of the many traits that cut across religious and secular lines. I am sure many of you know most of the traditions and activities on Ramadan from the previous post, and that you were able to solve the fun Arabic crossword puzzle. I have a recommendation to all of you. If you have not been invited by friends over to Iftar, how about you suggest that you would like for 1 day to live the entire spiritual experience and family traditions? You could suggest fasting for the entire day and then breaking fast, praying, and partaking in any related Ramadan event, be it fun or spiritual. Trust me it’s rewarding in many ways. In this post, I am sharing the answers to the Arabic crossword puzzle, and some short useful notes on these different words.

Ramadan crossword 2

رمضان – Ramadan: Ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. Muslims around the globe observe Ramadan as a month of fasting and prayer.
إفطار – Iftar: word refers to breakfast. But during Ramadan it refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast at sunset.
صوم – Fasting: this requires the abstinence from drink, food, and sexual activity every day from dawn to sunset.
زكاة – Alms giving: practice of charitable giving during Ramadan and across the year to fight wealth inequality.
هلال— Crescent Moon: Muslims look for the crescent moon to determine the beginning and end of Ramadan.
سحور – Predawn Meal: Meal consumed by Muslims early in the morning before fasting, that is before sunrise.
تراويح – Extra Prayers by Muslims during Ramadan.
صلاة — Prayer
فرض – Religious Duty: It is an Islamic term which denotes a religious duty by God (Allah)
القرآن – The Quran: the central religious text of Islam.

Image by Thomas Galvez

Image by Thomas Galvez

Stay tuned for upcoming posts.

Have a nice day!

نهاركم سعيد

An Arabic Crossword Puzzle on Ramadan

Posted on 12. Jul, 2014 by in Arabic Language, art, Culture, Current Affairs, History, Language

Marhaba! Millions and millions of Muslims around the globe partake in different traditions and activities in the Holy Month of Ramadan. It’s a time for prayer, sacrifice, self-reflection, charitable actions, and family reunions. In addition to the religious significance, two amazing family traditions in this Holy Month are the lavish dinners, known as Iftars, which commence at sunset, and the special Ramadan TV series that are watched by millions each and every night throughout the month. In many Arab countries, dates are usually the first food to break the fast! Yummmm I love dates!! Today, I have created an Arabic crossword puzzle using 10 different words that you should learn to speak and write about Ramadan. As I have mentioned earlier on, do think of these words as building blocks to help you improve in Arabic. Similar to previous crossword puzzles, this exercise allows you to have fun as you learn about Ramadan traditions and activities in Arabic. Please search vertically, horizontally and diagonally. I will post the answers to this crossword puzzle soon! Ramadan Kareem (رمضان كريم) everyone!

Image by  Bashar Al-Ba'noon

Image by Bashar Al-Ba’noon


Ramadan crossword

Stay tuned for the answers and upcoming posts.

Have a nice day!!

نهاركم سعيد

Arabic Listening Comprehension Exercise, Syria crisis, Answers

Posted on 11. Jul, 2014 by in Arabic Language, Culture, Current Affairs, Vocabulary

In this post, I present the transcription and the answers of the listening comprehension exercise that deals with the humanitarian situation in Syria.


قال ناشطون سوريون إن النظام منع منظمة الهلال الأحمر من توصيل مساعدات للنازحين في غوطة دمشق الغربية التي تؤوي مئات الآلاف من النازحين. وأفادت لجان التنسيق المحلية بأن عدد النازحين في بلدات الريف الغربي لدمشق يبلغ خمسين ألفا يعيشون ظروفا مأساوية، ويقطن أغلبهم في المدارس والمباني العامة التي تفتقر إلى كثير من مقومات الحياة.

واتهام النظام السوري بعرقلة ادخال المساعدات لم يأتِ فقط من الناشطين السوريين، بل جاء من أطراف دولية وعلى رأسها الأمم المتحدة.

Questions and Answers:

1- What did Syrian activists say?

Syrian activists said that the regime prevented the Red Crescent from delivering aid to the displaced people who live in the Western Ghouta.

2- How many displaced persons are in Western Ghouta?

There are hunderds of thousnds of displaced people in Western Ghouta.

3- What is the condition of those who live in the western towns of Rif Dimashq?

People in the western towns of Rif Dimashq live in tragic conditions.

4- Where do these people live?

These people live in schools and public buildings that lack many of the basics of life.

5- Who else accused the Syrian regime of hampering the delivery of aid?

International parties, most importantly the UN, accused the Syrian regime of hampering the delivery of aid.

Useful vocabulary

ناشطون = activists

النظام = the regime

منع = prevented

منظمة الهلال الأحمر = the Red Crescent

مساعدات = aid

نازحين = displaced

تؤوي = accommodate

أفاد = reported

لجان التنسيق المحلية = Local Coordination Committees

ظروف = conditions

مأساوية = tragic

يقطن = live

تفتقر إلى = lack

مقومات الحياة = basics of life

اتهام = accusation

عرقلة = hampering

أطراف دولية = international parties