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Police Spoil Sunday Picnic

During a previous Ramadan, a group of Moroccan Muslims used Facebook to plan a Sunday afternoon picnic. As they arrived at the picnic spot, dozens of police stopped them. “It was 100 police officers against 10 sandwiches,” said one Moroccan. Police must have read about the group’s plans on the Internet.

The picnickers were breaking a law that says Muslims can’t eat in a public place in the daytime during Ramadan. They did not like the law; they wanted more freedom.

Sources include: http://www.globalpost.com

To Do: Pray that the Muslim picnickers will come to know Jesus, who will set them free indeed. (See John 8:36.)


Spotlight Story

Quran Reading

Quran
A Muslim man reading a Quran

Reading the Quran is part of many Muslims’ Ramadan customs. Some places have Quran reading competitions that include “hifz” and “tajweed” contests. Hifz refers to memorization of the Quran. Tajweed refers to reading, reciting, or chanting the Quran aloud in the proper tone with the correct pronunciation in Arabic. Contestants recite in Arabic even if they don’t know the language.

Many Muslims believe the true meaning of the Quran can be fully learned only in Arabic. Some Muslims believe they will go to heaven if they memorize the entire Quran.


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Ramadan at a Muslim School

Question for the director of a Muslim school in the United States: How do the students at your school celebrate Ramadan?

Answer: The school cannot close during Ramadan because of state regulations. We have a shortened school day, because there is no lunch. Students fast if they are in fifth grade or older. They have a big social life and religious life during this time. Often they are very tired at school. They participate in long evening prayers. Each night for 30 days, almost two hours every night, they recite the Quran, they get up early to eat, and they stay up late.

To Do: Pray for Muslims in America during Ramadan. Pray that they will know Christians whose lives will encourage them to open their hearts to Jesus.


Spotlight Story

Ramadan and China’s Uygurs

China
Alimujiang Yimiti

Uygurs (WEE-gurz) are a people group living mainly in northwest China. Most Uygurs are Muslims.

China’s leaders fear that people who take their faith seriously may encourage others to rebel against the government. In some places in northwest China, Uygur government employees, teachers, and students are forbidden to fast during Ramadan. Restaurants are required to stay open.

The government also restricts Uygur Christians. Some officials refuse to let children under 18 attend religious services. Those who share their faith can go to jail.

To Do: Pray for Alim, a Christian in China who is in prison after he preached the gospel to Uygurs. Pray for his wife and son who miss him while he is away from home.


Feature Story

Quarrel Leads to Prison

Pakistan

Andrew, a 10-year-old Christian, lives in Pakistan. He has three sisters and two brothers. Many of the students at his school are Muslims.

Pakistan’s “blasphemy laws” say that no one may speak against Islam or damage the Muslim holy book, the Quran. Even Christians who do not do those things are sometimes accused of blasphemy by Muslims who want revenge for something.

That is what happened to Andrew’s family.

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