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Ramadan Interview

Heather Mercer, coauthor of Prisoners of Hope and former prisoner for Christ in Afghanistan, visited the offices of The Voice of the Martyrs during Ramadan in 2009 and spoke to VOM staff. In this segment Heather discusses the meaning of Ramadan to Muslims, and how Christians can pray for the Islamic world during the Ramadan season.


Eid al-Fitr

Muslims celebrate a three-day festival at the end of Ramadan called Eid-al-Fitr. Families buy new clothes, decorate their homes, and visit friends and relatives. Children receive gifts. Schools and businesses close for the holidays in Muslims countries.

Muslims in many countries, greet each other during the festival by saying, “Eid Mubarak,” which means “blessed festival.” They may send greeting cards to other Muslims.

Egg fighting is a traditional game in Afghanistan played during the celebration. Two people each hold a hardboiled egg. They bump the ends of their eggs together until one egg cracks. The holder of the egg that is not cracked wins.

Note: Citizens of Afghanistan who declare faith in Christ experience serious persecution. Go to www.prisoneralert.com and click on “released prisoners” to learn about Said Musa, a man in Afghanistan who was in prison for his faith in Christ.


Ramadan TV Shows

TV Show

TV stations in Muslims countries broadcast new shows during Ramadan. Viewers can watch some dramas, comedies, and quiz shows that are only on TV during Ramadan. On one quiz show from Muslim Bahrain, the host visits neighborhoods, businesses, and mosques to ask questions of the public.

Note: Bahrain is more than 80 percent Muslim Christians who share their faith and Muslims who leave Islam to become Christians are persecuted by their friends and family.

To Do: Pray that Muslims who watch more TV during Ramadan will find Christian programs that will lead them to Jesus.


Beards for Ramadan

Man in Turban

Many Muslim men consider it a good thing to grow a beard. However, some radical Muslims think a man cannot even be a good Muslim without a beard. A group of radical Muslims urged Egyptian men to grow beards before Ramadan this year. Their goal was for a million men to have beards by August.

Others in Egypt do not want radical Muslims to gain more power in the country. They fear radicals would demand that everyone follow their strict rules. Christians who live in places ruled by strict Muslim law, called Shariah law, are often treated unfairly.

Pray for Egypt to choose wise people to lead their government.


Ramadan in the Quran

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A muslim girl pointing out sura in the Quran

The Muslim holy book, the Quran, is divided into 114 chapters, or “suras.” Each chapter is divided into verses. Chapter 2, Verse 185 tells Muslims to fast during Ramadan, by the command of Allah, who Muslims worship.

“He desireth not hardship for you,” the verse also says. “Allah desireth for you ease.”

Chapter 97 tells about the “Night of Power,” one of the last nights of Ramadan. Verse 3 says the night is “better than a thousand months.” Muslims believe that prayer requests are answered on the Night of Power. Some Muslims read the entire Quran, and are open to dreams, visions, and revelations during the night.

To Do: Pray that Jesus will reveal himself to Muslims who seek the truth on the Night of Power.