Ramadan is the holiest month of the year for Muslims. The dates change annually as it is based on the lunar cycle. This year, 2018, Ramadan is (approximately) May 15 until June 14. It can vary a bit, depending on when the full moon is seen at Mecca, in Saudi Arabia.
Ramadan is the month that Mohammad is believed to have received the visions that inspired the Quran.
Muslims fast and pray every day for the full 30 days. They abstain from all food, drink, and even smoking during daylight hours. After sunset, there are special prayers and then Iftari. Iftari is the word for the breaking of the fast. Often Muslims gather with friends and family to eat and pray nightly for the month. It is a month of growing in community and seeking God. The final 10 days of Ramadan are the most intense, with more prayers and intentionally seeking God.
The 27th night of the month is referred to as the “Night of Power.” It is believed to be the night when Mohammad received the first visions. Many Muslims will stay awake for 24 hours, praying and fasting all through the night. Some believe that this night is crucial in their path to salvation. Others also believe it is the night that God will reveal visions to those who are most holy. After the last day of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Eid al Fitr. This is the biggest holiday in their calendar and is spent praying at the mosque, visiting loved ones, and eating lots of delicious foods.
Ramadan is a month that is marked by an increased attention to the things of God and to prayer.
In that spirit, Christians can use this month to intentionally pray and fast for our Muslim neighbors. Just as Saul, who was so full of (misguided) zeal and passion, heard from the Lord and turned his zeal towards spreading the word of Jesus, so might our dear Muslim friends. Many Muslims will have dreams and visions this Ramadan from the One True God, let’s join in prayer for their hearts. I encourage you to pray daily, gather in community with other believers of the same heart, and fast and see that God will do miracles this Ramadan.
How to Pray:
- Pray for leaders of mosques (called imams or sheikhs) in your city to receive a word from Jesus
- Ask for opportunities to meet a Muslim this month and show them the love of Jesus in a practical way
- Intercede for workers among Muslim people groups
- For Muslim women to be fully known and loved by Jesus, just like the “woman at the well”
- Pray for whole families to come to know Jesus and to be filled with the Holy Spirit
- For Christian radio stations that are sharing the Gospel where workers have not yet gone
- Pray for Muslim background Believers- to be strengthened in the faith and encouraged by the Spirit
- For the translation of the Scriptures into all remaining languages
- Pray for peace and prosperity in the Middle East- out of Jeremiah 29:7
- Pray for refugees to be cared well for by Christians and that this love would draw them to Him
- Intercede for the Taliban, ISIS, and all other Muslim background terrorists- that they would be overcome by the beauty of Jesus and repent of their sins
Other great resources:
The 30 day prayer guide: https://www.30daysprayer.com/
Ramadan Prayer Challenge: http://prayercast.com/
Thank you for praying for Muslims with us during this special time!