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Ramadhan 2011: A Call to Prayer and Outreach

Author: Hussein Hajji Wario
Date: 15.07.2011
Category: World Faiths, Unreached People Groups, Religious Liberty

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Muslim fast during the Islamic month of Ramadhan is projected to start at dawn on August 1 this year, after the sighting of the new crescent at dusk on July 31. It might end on August 29. Every able-bodied Muslim must fast from dawn to dusk during the entire month of Ramadhan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, for 29 or 30 days because the Qur’an commands it. Muslims who are sick or traveling and Muslim women who are menstruating or expecting are exempt but are required to make up for the days missed. Children before the onset of puberty are also exempt.

Muslims seek God. Christian should pray for them to meet the True God! We should pray for those in our neighborhoods, city, and country. Here is one way to prepare for this task. It is not too late to join Christians who have been praying for Muslim during Ramadhan using a very informative booklet that has been in use for 20 years. 30 Days of Prayer for Muslim World gives overviews of Muslim populations in various countries, profiles of some unreached people groups and contains testimonies of Christians of Muslim background. It also points out prayer needs for each day of Ramadhan. You can buy copies for yourself and or your church from World Christian website here or here.

Don’t just prayer. Venture out. Make an effort to meet your Muslim neighbors. Go to a local mosque and interact with them. Look for opportunities to engage in conversations. I’ll post some questions to ask Muslims in regards to Ramadhan next week.

While Muslims are in festive mood during Ramadhan, this month is a very difficult challenge for Muslims who have embraced Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and still live in their communities. I speak from experience. It is not easy. In fact this is one single occasion that can blow cover for secret believers. Don’t get me wrong. The ensuing persecution is all worth it. Secret believers’ challenge is not “the not eating part” but other activities (communal prayers and meals) associated with the fast. Please, pray for them.

Non-Muslims who travel in Muslim majority countries during Ramadhan also face problems because eating in public is illegal. The police arrested those who violated this law in Egypt in 2009 and Algeria in 2010. Even Dubai, one of the most moderate Muslim cities, has fines or jail sentence for non-Muslims who violate the law for the second time. Please, be careful if you are traveling to these countries in August. Have a blessed weekend!

Keywords: Muslim, Christian, Outreach, Ramadan, 30 Days of Prayer for Muslim World

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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down goucla1 (0)
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Though this article is a couple of years old, it is a fantastic call for Christians to engage in prayer for Muslims.  For all the evangelism strategies, I think we forget that every instance of a person coming to Christ begins with prayer.  If we seek the power of the Holy Spirit, then we can do anything.  This includes proclaiming Christ to the Muslim world. 


02.12.2013
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Ernesto (4)
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I think that there are some important steps one needs to consider in order to witness to a person from a different race.  First of all. if we are going to share the gospel with someone else, we have to learn to respect that particular person.  I’ve seen many times the way some evangelicals  have tried to share the good news to a non-believer.  For example, some time ago there were some "Christians" who visited the home of a Catholic person.  And, as soon as they entered the home, they told the person that the icons that he had in his home were evil and he was going to hell.  That, of course, is not the way to do it.       


12.10.2011
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@ Ernesto:

It is definitely crucial to respect the person/people that you are witnessing to and it is also important to understand that person’s background, heritage, and customs.  By establishing a good rapport with that person, the Gospel will be easier to share and will be better received.


01.05.2013
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I think that there are some important steps one needs to consider in order to witness to a person from a different race.  First of all. if we are going to share the gospel with someone else, we have to learn to respect that particular person.  I’ve seen many times the way some evangelicals  have tried to share the good news to a non-believer.  For example, some time ago there were some "Christians" who visited the home of a Catholic person.  And, as soon as they entered the home, they told the person that the icons that he had in his home were evil and he was going to hell.  That, of course, is not the way to do it.       


12.10.2011
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Ernesto (4)
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I am all for interacting with Muslims due to the fact that even though they have their own and different beliefs, the only way we can hopefully win them for Christ is by being their friends and by respecting them as well.  I have never done that, but, I would like to meet a Muslim and learn from him in order to witness when the time comes.  After all, they are also part of the creation of God and have the same spiritual need that we have of depending on the Lord with all of our hearts.   


12.10.2011
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I am all for interacting with Muslims due to the fact that even though they have their own and different beliefs, the only way we can hopefully win them for Christ is by being their friends and by respecting them as well.  I have never done that, but, I would like to meet a Muslim and learn from him in order to witness when the time comes.  After all, they are also part of the creation of God and have the same spiritual need that we have of depending on the Lord with all of our hearts.   


12.10.2011
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Phil9759 (0)
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The muslim who seeks God, must continue to seek until they find a personal relationship with christ. We understand and pray that a trasfromation of truth comes to the muslim as they find Jesus is the Messiah and was not a Prophet.  As chrsitians must continue to love and share the good news to our neighbors(Muslims).


19.07.2011
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down MzBoom (5)
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@ Phil9759:

When one seeks the truth with one’s whole being, Jesus will reveal it!


19.07.2011
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Rapture7 (2)
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You say, "The Muslim fast during the Islamic month of Ramadhan is projected to start at dawn on August 1 this year, after the sighting of the new crescent at dusk on July 31. It might end on August" It is sad that this month to fast is not for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I admire that they take time in Muslim countries to fast, but I wish they would fast for Christ instead. You say, "They will even impose fines on people that eat in public in these Muslim countries during the month of Ramadhan" Even though their religion is wrong, the Muslim countries are more dedicated to their faith than the United States. The United States of America do not proclaim Christainy as a national faith. I wish the USA will fine people for not observing a holiday for Christ. However, we must pray that  these Muslim people find Christ. We know according to scripture, "Jesus is the truth, and the way," and this means the only way that salvation may be obtained. Jesus is also the light. The Muslims are blind and they need the light of Jesus Christ.

Rachel


16.07.2011
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@ Rapture7:

The main thing for a erson to do when fasting is to be in prayer, in reflection with the Word of God and look to hear what the Lord is saying to them. This is something that all religions can do. Prayerfully during the fast of other religions, we Christians should pray that the Lord Jesus reveal Himself to others during these times.


18.07.2011
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Reply Flag 0 Thumbs Up Thumbs Down MzBoom (5)
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I agree that we shold pray that eople of other faiths find the One True God in Christ. I wonder when they do convert do they have the same committment that they showed in their former faith.


16.07.2011

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