Seeking God’s Mercy On An Earthly Mount
This past Monday, October 14th, some 4 million Muslims stood on Mount Arafah. This hill was where multitudes of Muslim pilgrims ended their “Hajj” (pilgrimage), a life-time experience at the most sacred location a Muslim can reach. This massive crowd near Mecca spent the whole day pleading to Allah to forgive their sins. The hajj to Mecca is one of the five pillars of Islam. This experience came at the very end of an exhausting and costly once-in-a-lifetime trip. The utmost desire of each of these pilgrims was to reach out to Allah and ask desperately for his forgiveness for all the sins they have committed throughout their lives. There was a lot of weeping and wailing for mercy, in Arabic, Chinese, Urdu, Turkish, English, French, German and so many other languages. The scene was both breathtaking and heartbreaking. The sad question is: can man ever be forgiven and redeemed by hard work, or the shedding of animal blood? But as Christians, we have to ask ourselves a few questions: How quickly do we switch off the news reports about the Hajj, without even saying a quick prayer? Is there anything I can do to help Muslims around me one day realize that all they need to do is to receive the free gift of Jesus’ salvation by grace? Father, I join my worldwide redeemed family and pray for Muslims today…
- May You show Yourself to them in dreams and visions
- May You speak to their hearts and show them the way
- May You speak to them through my own life, word and behavior
Nothing is impossible for You!