5 Ways to Pray During Eid Al-Adha
This week, from September 11 to September 15, Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Adha. This major holiday for Muslims is also known as the ‘Feast of Sacrifice’.
This holiday commemorates when Muslims believe God appeared to Abraham. The day begins with morning prayers and continues by being surrounded by family and feasting.
This major holiday for Muslims can be a reminder for Christians around the world to stop and pray for Muslims and Christians in the following ways:
1. This four-day celebration corresponds with the pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj) which is a pillar of the Islamic faith. Many Muslims are seeking truth during this time, so we pray for them to hear the gospel from the lips of bold believers.
2. Over 2 million Muslims will be celebrating near Mecca this week. With the pressure of the celebration, we pray for believers in this region to remain strong in their faith despite increasing pressure and possible persecution.
3. This week may cause some Muslims to dive deeper into the beliefs of the Islamic faith. We pray that God would use this time when they may be asking questions and learning to open their eyes to the lies within the faith they are devoted to.
4. The Islamic faith dominates many cultures throughout the Middle East especially. We pray for new Muslim-background believers whose families expect them to celebrate alongside them while they are living out their secret faith, which may cost them their life if discovered.
5. Many nations where Muslims will be celebrating the festivities of Eid al-Adha are ranked on our World Watch List, like Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. While we know that believers in these nations face some of the worst persecution, we pray for God to be their sole comfort and joy during this difficult week.