What do Muslims believe?
Are the God of the Bible and Allah of the Quran the same?
What is Shariah law?
How should we react to terrorism?
How can we witness to Muslims?
How do Christian beliefs about women differ from Muslim beliefs?
How are Christians treated in Muslim countries?
Published on August 22nd, 2012
Young Woman in Iran
Farideh was angry. At her home in Iran, she found a Christian program on TV and listened to what the announcer said about Jesus. But she didn’t like it, and she didn’t believe it. Most people in Iran are Muslims who do not believe that Jesus can save us from sin.
She called the TV station and left an angry seven-minute message. “What are you people doing?” she said. “You are all evil!” At the end of her long message, she slammed down the phone.
Published on August 21st, 2012
Eva, a 17-year-old girl in Tanzania, was recently sent to prison for two years. Muslims in her family and town were angry because Eva had left Islam, the religion of Muslims, three years ago. When she refused to return to Islam, Muslims reported that she had damaged a Quran. (The Quran is the Muslim holy book.)
Muslims handle copies of the Quran with great care because they believe it is the word of Allah, who they worship. Even if they do not read or understand the Quran, they keep it in a safe place and never on the floor. In some Muslim areas, radical Muslims get very angry if they think someone has handled a Quran roughly.
Christians in Pakistan can also go to jail for “blasphemy” if they damage a Quran. Blasphemy means a word or deed used to dishonor something holy.
Last week, a girl in Pakistan was accused of burning pages of a Quran. A large, angry mob gathered in her town to protest against her. She was taken to a police station.
Some reports say the girl may have been collecting trash to burn for fuel. Some Muslims believe that the trash included pages from a Quran. Christians in the area are afraid that their homes may now be attacked by the radical Muslims.
Pray for Eva, for the Pakistani girl, and for Christians in Tanzania and Pakistan.
Readers Talk to Us Story
Published on August 21st, 2012
The following comments came from students at Perimeter Christian School in Georgia, where students visited www.prisoneralert.com and prayed for the prisoners.
“We talk and share about a person that is in prison, and we take around five minutes to pray for them, and then we keep following up on how they are doing. For example, one of my friends talked about a man who was in prison for a super long time, and we prayed for him. A few weeks later, she did a follow-up on him. He was out of prison and with his family!” — Payton K.
“Your website showed me that being laughed at or being called a name is nothing compared to some of the things these people are going through.” — Ransom B.
“If you’re born in America, you don’t even stop to think that you can’t believe in who you want to. I’ve never even been excluded by friends because of loving Jesus, not in our sheltered private schools that I love so much but are so different from most of the world. I’m very grateful that you made this website and that my teacher found it.” — Noelle R.
“During the week, 79 students pray for the prisoners on your website. We also spend time sharing about our prisoner to the class. Doing this has really made me think about how lucky I am to have freedom of religion.” — Abbie B.
“I love that you let the world know about these things going on around the world. Our world is not perfect, but we can surely pray for it.” — Bailey
“When I am having a bad day, or when things aren’t going my way, it helps me to be humble to remember all of the people that are actually suffering for something that we often take for granted. I am so happy that in our country we can freely worship whenever we want to….In America we may not think that things are bad, but if we take time to examine our world through God’s perspective, we will see just how desperate we are for forgiveness.” — Ashley T.
Readers Talk to Us Story
Published on August 20th, 2012
Letters in two previous posts, “Georgia Reader Writes” and “Christians are Very Big Targets” were sent to The Voice of the Martyrs by Shelley K, a World History teacher at the Perimeter Christian School in Georgia.
Shelley wrote, “My students accessed your [PrisonerAlert] website as part of a weekly assignment for nine weeks….Even when our quarter ended and I allowed students to go back to doing their ‘normal’ current world events, over three-fourths of them have continued to do research and report from your website.”
The following comments are from Shelley’s students’ letters to VOM.
“Thank you for also telling us [on the website] who has been released, because it is exciting to know that God answers our prayers! Every week we have been picking one person’s story to look at and pray for in class. I enjoy doing this even though we cannot pronounce all their names….
“This year our grade has been studying Romans 12….The people in prison love the Lord, so they are presenting their bodies as a living sacrifice. God has a plan for their life. This plan may even be to go be with God in heaven. This may not be our plan for them, but it is God’s plan. God’s plan to take us is not the easiest thing for our family and friends, but it is again God’s plan.” — Abbey G.
“I am inspired by the people who undergo so much persecution to glorify God. I have found myself in prayer for a deeper spiritual life and a more eager spirit to stand up for Jesus.” — Claire P.
Read more of the Perimeter Christian School kids’ comments in the next post.
Published on August 17th, 2012
This month, Muslims have been celebrating Ramadan, a month-long fast from food and drink during daylight hours. At the end of Ramadan, they celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, a three-day festival. This year Ramadan ends on about August 18. (The day varies slightly from place to place around the world.)
Schools and businesses close, and families eat lots of food, visit relatives, give gifts to children, and send greeting cards. Muslims in many countries greet each other by saying, “Eid Mubarak,” which means “blessed festival.”
One of the final nights of Ramadan is the “Night of Power.” Muslims may be more open to dreams, visions, and revelations on the Night of Power. Pray that Muslims who seek the truth during Ramadan will come to know Jesus who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
Enter “Ramadan” in the search box to find more facts and stories and a video clip about Ramadan.