What do you know about Islam? Is it mostly what you hear and read in the news? That’s kind of scary, because most of that is about ISIS and other terror groups. Or maybe you watch with intrigue or sadness about the droves of refugees fleeing parts of the Middle East.
Did you know that Muslims all around the world are in the middle of a 30 day fast right now? Over 1.5 billion Muslims are practicing one of the five pillars of their faith—Ramadan.
According to tradition, it was during Ramadan that the Qur’an was revealed to the prophet Muhammad. Muslims honor this event by fasting each day from sunrise to sunset.
During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating any food, drinking any liquids, smoking cigarettes, and engaging in any sexual activity, from sunrise to sunset. That includes taking medication (even if you swallow a pill dry, without drinking any water).
So if you have a Muslim friend that observes Ramadan, he might seem a little spacey, turn down offers for food or drink, and keep licking his dry lips!
Fastest Growing Religion
Did you know that Islam is the world’s fastest growing religion? Each year on average Islam adds 37 million people to its ranks. At this rate, Islam will surpass Christianity by 2050 as the most populous religion in the world.
Historically Christians have confronted Islam with might and missionary efforts. If you know history, you read about the Crusades. Hundreds of years ago Christian armies fought to defeat the Islamic jihadists. Sound familiar?
Over the years, missionaries tried the “my religion vs. your religion” approach. However, Muslims do religion pretty well, in fact, better than most Christians. So, the intellectual route rarely produces results with a Muslim.
A friend of mine who serves in the Middle East told me that those who went to work there knew that they would only see ones and twos come to faith in Christ.
Day of Miracles
However, recently, in the past 10 or so years, several movements have been witnessed of thousands of Muslims turning to faith in Christ from all over the Muslim world. My friend serving in the Middle East calls it the ‘Day of Miracles’.
Why ‘Day of Miracles’? Because story after story is told of Jesus revealing Himself to Muslims through dreams and visions. So many from all over the Muslim world that they can’t all be manufactured.
What do those working in Muslim cultures attribute this unprecedented awakening?
It is not a coincidence that this great awakening in the Muslim world coincided with an unprecedented prayer movement, not only for Muslims, but for all those living in the part of the world where most Muslims live, the 10/40 window.
Will you join many others praying for God to miraculous reveal Himself to Muslims during Ramadan?
Get a .pdf of 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World. You still have time intercede during this year’s Ramadan. I encourage you to do it today.
(Much of the information I share in this blog comes from this booklet.)
Here are a few recommended books if you want to read more about what God is doing among Muslims:
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