Three ways to pray as Ramadan concludesby Bonita Wilson
The conclusion of Ramadan marks the culmination of a month long period of fasting for Muslims. As Ramadan concludes, there are two important events that can help believers understand and relate to our Muslims friends.
One event is the “Night of Power.” This night marks the time when the first verses of the Koran were given to Muhammad. It is believed that if one prays throughout the night that their past sins will be forgiven and they will receive special blessings. It is said that the prayers and blessings of this one night are worth more than 1,000 months of worship.
The second important event related to the end of Ramadan is “Eid-ul-Fitr,” or the festival of breaking the fast. It lasts three days and will occur this year on July 6-8.
Early on the morning of the Eid, Muslims will conduct early morning prayers at home or the mosque. Then they will begin to visit family and friends to convey best wishes, give gifts and to ask forgiveness of anything they might have done to offend or wrong that person in the past year. They shop for new clothes, send cards and email greetings, decorate their homes, and prepare special festive foods. It is similar to how many people celebrate Christmas, and it is the biggest holiday of the year for Muslims.
The purpose of these two important events coming at the end of Ramadan is that they are the culmination of this month long time of fasting and seeking for forgiveness and knowledge of God. They are focused on what they might do to get God to forgive their sins.
There is a spiritual hunger and acknowledgement of the need for forgiveness of sins more than at any other time of the year. However, many end this time of celebration and go back to their daily lives still experiencing spiritual hunger and questioning if they did enough and if their sins really are forgiven.
The conclusion of Ramadan is a great opportunity to spend time with your Muslim friends. Ask what they believe these holidays mean spiritually and share how we know for sure that we have a relationship with the one true God and that our sins are forgiven.
Here are three prayer points for the conclusion of Ramadan.
- Pray for the realization in their lives that there is still a void and uncertainty after all these special activities and events.
- Pray for Muslims to experience dreams and visions of Jesus Christ.
- Pray for believers to make it a priority to spend time with their Muslim friends and neighbors during this time and for boldness to share the gospel in a respectful and understandable way.