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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

Quran
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.


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: GlobalPost

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


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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Washing away Sins

“Performing wudu” means washing before Muslim prayer. Muslims wash their hands, face, and feet in certain ways to be clean before they pray.

What if a Muslim does not perform wudu before prayer? “Then you basically are just wasting your time [praying],” said Hera, a 14-year-old American Muslim. “You have to be clean.”

“Whenever you do wudu, small sins get washed away,” said Hera’s friend Hanifa.

Note: A Christian hymn says, “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus” What do the words mean? Pray today that Muslims will understand how God has provided a way for the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ.