Open Doors is launching a prayer campaign during the month of Ramadan (June 28- July 27), asking believers worldwide to pray for Christians living in Muslim-dominated countries, as persecution is often at an all-time high. Not only is it a time to pray that these Christians will stand strong Ramadan, but also that Muslims will be given an opportunity to hear the gospel. What else should you know while praying during this time? Here are some of the top things to know about Ramadan:
- Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and it is a time of fasting, or sawm. Muslims believe Ramadan is very important for a few different reasons. One being that the Quran, Islam’s holy book, was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammed in this month more than 1,400 years ago [as referenced in Al-Baqarah 2:185].
- There are special practices that take place during Ramadan. Fasting is mandatory for most Muslims during Ramadan, although Muslims do fast at other points in the year. It is believed that this practice helps increase self-control in many areas of life. This fasting is to take place during the daytime hours to all able-bodied Muslims. This fasting usually extends to abstinence from food, drink, smoking and sexual relations, and is designed to focus on spirituality and charity.
- This Islamic season will be happening from June 28- July 27 this year. It begins with the sighting of the new moon.
In addition to this blog, check out Al-Jazeera’s article which documents Ramadan through pictures. Visit our website to sign up to receive daily updates and other resources that can help you pray for Christians and Muslims during Ramadan. Thank you for praying for so many around the world who are possibly open to the hearing the gospel during this time. We also thank you for praying for persecuted Christians around the world, who often times experience greater tensions and persecutions during the month of Ramdan.