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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.


Struggles for Christians

Evangelism
A Christian evangelizing to Muslims

New clothes, gifts, late-night family feasts, sports and games, times of prayer, and special TV shows — Muslim children in Egypt look forward to all these things during Ramadan. But many Egyptian Christians do not look forward to Ramadan. Here is what an Egyptian Christian told a worker from The Voice of the Martyrs about problems he has experienced with radical Muslims:

“During Ramadan, radical Muslims are especially extreme. Christians are careful not to eat in public, not even to chew gum. What would radical Muslims do if they caught Christians eating? They would spit on them, curse them, or sometimes fight them.”

A Ramadan “Gift”
“During one Ramadan, 30 Christian girls age 15 to 20 were kidnapped by fanatic Muslims. The Muslims said the girls were the Christians’ Ramadan gift to the Muslims.” — A Christian in Egypt.

Pray for Christians in Muslim countries during Ramadan.


Christians and Women in Egypt: A Message

Eygpt

Mariam, age 18, a Christian in Egypt, sent the following message to children in the United States.

“Christians in Egypt are not treated equally with Muslims. Also, girls are considered less than boys in everything. I want to tell American kids to thank God that you are not bound by all the things we’re bound with in our country. You’re free to be whatever you want to be.”

Tired Furniture and Trouble at School

Egypt

Meti is a 12-year-old Christian boy in Egypt. At his school, the teachers teach the students about Islam, the religion of Muslims. Muslims do not believe that Jesus is the son of God or that God sent him to save the world from sin.

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Christians in Hiding

Egypt

When Monifa was a teenager, she lived with her family in Egypt. Monica’s family were Muslims, but one evening they heard part of a Christian program on the radio.

Monifa was curious about what she had heard, so she began to listen to the program more often. Her parents were not happy about it, and they warned her to stop.

Monifa asked a Christian boy at her school to tell her more about Jesus. But he was afraid he might get in trouble if he shared his faith with a Muslim. Monifa found some information online at an Internet café. Then one day she saw a Bible at a Christian bookstore, so she took it to the restroom in the store to read it secretly.

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