7 APRIL ’21 | PRAY DURING RAMADAN
Dear prayer partners,
From dusk on Tuesday 13 April till Wednesday 12 May, the world’s Muslims will daily fast from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan is considered a time of self-denial, spiritual reflection, and community.
This year, Ramadan comes at a time when the world still confronts the COVID-19 pandemic and Muslim-majority nations face many other challenges, including political instability, natural disasters, and war. Many Muslim friends and neighbours may be desperately seeking hope and a word from God, especially at this time. What they need deeply is the hope and encouragement found in the risen Christ.
While the vast majority of Muslims see Ramadan as a time of peace and spiritual renewal, over the past years there has frequently been an increase in attacks by Islamist extremists during the month of Ramadan. Leaders of both the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda have, in the past, called for violence to commemorate Ramadan and for their followers to do battle against ‘unbelievers’. A promise of “greater spiritual reward,” often accompanies such calls to violence.
There is approximately 1.9 billion Muslims – just over a quarter of the world’s population. Islam is the world’s second-largest religion, after Christianity, and is currently said to be the fastest-growing major religion in the world (in terms of percentage and worldwide spread). During Ramadan this year, as followers of Christ, we have the privilege to invest in the Muslim world (incl. the Middle East*) and the extension of God’s Kingdom therein. We can also witness of our risen Saviour to our Muslim neighbours in our own nations.
Please join with us as we intercede for Muslims around the world during this time of heightened spiritual awareness and vulnerability – for protection against attacks of the evil one and increased opportunities of exposure to the Gospel of Christ.
“We will not impact Muslims through our theological arguments or political manipulation, but we will through prayer.” (Patrick Johnstone)