رمضان

Today marks the half way point of the month of Ramadan. This is the most holy month for the Muslim. They participate in an obligatory fast from sun up to sun down, but I think it a little odd that people will get up early while it is yet dark to eat before the fast begins and go back to sleep after consuming high-protein foods and drinking lots of water. No food or drink is consumed during the day for the whole month including alcohol so eating and drinking establishments do suffer during this time especially in the Middle East. Also, smoking is not allowed or sexual relations during fast hours. The very ‘good’ Muslim is encouraged to refrain from any sinful behavior including bearing false witness and fighting except of course in the case of self defense.

I was surprised to learn that every night brings a festive atmosphere of community when everyone comes together to break fast.

The month is suppose to evoke a time of repentance asking allah for forgiveness, his blessings, and thanking him for life. It is similar to when the Christian fasts except of course the belief that Christ rose from the dead and became our link to salvation is not included in the Islamic religion.

I commend the Muslims for their dedication to setting this time aside for reflection, prayer, and coming together as a community abstaining from all bad deeds and trying to stay humble. To have a whole month dedicated to purifying the body and soul as well as increasing doing good deeds and participating in acts of charity is also commendable.

We could compare it to a Lenten fast where the timing for the Christian centers around Easter and the resurrection of Christ which is the pathway to salvation for the Christians and believed to be the only way to entry heaven.

To my Muslim friends; عيد مبارك – Eid Mubarak – Happy Holiday. My prayer is you have an encounter with The Man in white and find true peace for your soul. كل عام و أنتم بخير – kul ‘am wantum bikhair – may you be well with every passing year.

For those of you that call yourselves Christian, would you pray that Muslims all around the world would have encounters with The Man in white whether it be by visions or dreams. I have a friend who was formerly Muslim but was visited by The Man in white and now is a devout Christian.

Here’s a video that shares one man’s story of finding Jesus. I love that he challenges Muslims to ask Muhammad to reveal himself and ask Jesus to do the same then see who shows up.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=I2i824Vq708

The biggest difference in Christianity and Islam is for the Muslim, Jesus is just a messenger from God not the Son of God. For the rest of this holy month, please join me in praying for our Muslim neighbors until the whole world knows Jesus. Amen? Amen!

Today prayer is the answer of how to…

be.the.church

Religion tells us to do. Having a relationship with Christ shows us how to be. I believe we just need to stand on the promises of the Bible.

Friend, if you have done all you can and don’t know what else to do – just stand…

The following book is mentioned in the video and a great resource to the Muslim that is seeking God and wants to know the truth of what happened in history. It will “challenge Christians, Muslims, and all those who are interested in the world’s greatest religions.“* Before just buying it and giving it away, know this: “Christians need to be more informed about their faith and deeply serious about it, since the average Muslim is more so than most Christians.“* Just think for a moment what this month is all about and compare that to your faith walk. In the book, “Nabeel Qureshi opens to us the beauty of a devout Muslim family, their whole lives ordered by their faith and their traditions. Their love for Allah and for one another is palpable in the pages of this book. It is a beautiful picture and one I am grateful to Nabeel for sharing.“*

I look forward to reading it. If you read it, please come back and tell us what you think.

And if you still don’t know what to think, if you don’t know what to pray, if you don’t know what to say, just say Jesus as the man in the above video did. There is power in the name of Jesus.

When we pray in Jesus name, others will come to join us and together we can…

be.the.church

*Quotes are from Amazon description of the book and customer reviews

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