Facts About Ramadan
In the United States, Ramadan will begin on the evening of Tuesday, May 15, 2018, and end on the evening of Thursday, June 14. (Dates may vary slightly.)
Muslim adults and older children are supposed to fast from food and drink during the daylight hours of Ramadan. This can be especially difficult when Ramadan falls during warm months, as it does this year. After sunset, they get together with family and friends to eat a meal called “iftar.” Muslims celebrate a three-day “Eid al-Fitr” festival at the end of Ramadan. Children receive gifts, and families buy new clothes, decorate their homes, and visit friends and relatives. Schools and businesses in Muslim countries close for the holidays.
During Ramadan, some Muslims read the entire Quran, give extra money to charity, and try to avoid saying harsh words. Many Christians pray for the hearts and minds of Muslims to be opened to the truth about Jesus during their Ramadan month of spiritual reflection.
In some Muslim countries, people enjoy watching TV programs aired just for Ramadan. “The thing about Ramadan TV is that it’s not like [your favorite shows] only come on once a week. No, this is every single night for a month,” said one Middle Eastern Muslim.
News reports said that Facebook users in the Middle East and North Africa spend an extra 57.6 million hours on Facebook during Ramadan. Pray that Muslims who watch more TV and access more social media during Ramadan will find Christian programs and information that will lead them to Jesus.
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