Ramadan | What Does It Mean For Christians?
This Sunday, 5 May, marks the beginning of Ramadan. For a month, Muslims abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset in order to draw closer to Allah and seek forgiveness.
For many Christians, life can become more difficult during Ramadan. In countries where Islam is the state religion, believers are required to fast as well, and can be attacked or imprisoned if they do not participate in Ramadan.
In Egypt, during Ramadan in 2018, a group of Muslims approached a Christian man, Adel*, who was drinking water during the day.
“They asked me, ‘Why are you breaking Ramadan fasting?’” Adel said. “I told them I was a Christian. As soon as they heard the word ‘Christian’, they attacked and beat me with their hands until I almost fainted.”
The attackers fled, leaving Adel lying on the ground, beaten and bleeding.
An Opportunity For Christians
Ramadan can be a dangerous time for Christians living in the Muslim world, as they are pressured to follow a faith that is not their own. Even though there are dire consequences for disobedience, many believers also see Ramadan as a time to share the gospel with Muslims.
“Our Muslim friends are living in darkness,” said Hany*, a Christian leader in Egypt. “According to their faith, they have to earn grace. This is a heartbreaking fact. If we depend on the Lord God, we will start to see the rules and restrictions imposed during this period as opportunities to testify to the gospel.”
Please Pray For Ramadan:
- As Muslims fast and seek Allah, pray that they will find and know the one true God.
- Pray that Christians will take opportunities to boldly share their faith throughout the month of Ramadan
- Pray for new Christians who come from a Muslim background, that God will uphold and strengthen them, and that they will rely on Him.
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