Targeted Prayer for the Final Week of Ramadan

A cannon fires from Noqum mountain that overlooks the Yemeni capital Sanaa, to officially announce sunset and the end of fasting on the first day of the Muslim month of Ramadan. The canon is fired twice a day to mark the beginning and the end of fasting.

Jeff Bleijerveld (right), Director of Global Ministries

Three weeks ago, on Thursday, July 19, a sighting of the crescent moon marked the beginning of the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar: Ramadan (or Ramazan as some pronoun it). During Ramadan, observant Muslims worldwide abstain from food, drink, and sex every day from dawn to dusk. It’s also a time of great feasts, from each evening’s iftar, or fast-breaking meal, to the three days of celebration that conclude the month. This festival, known as Eid al-Fitr, is characterized by visits to friends and neighbors, toys and carnivals for children, and family meals in restaurants and cafés.

Ramadan ends on August 18, 2012. During the final week, they celebrate what is called the “Night of Power.” That’s when, according to the Quran, Heaven opens up for a period of time, and anyone who is praying at just the right moment may receive great blessings from God. On the Night of Power, hundreds of thousands of Muslims stay awake all night praying.

What a tremendous time to be praying that God would reveal himself to them and invite them to become followers of Jesus.

If you’d like to know more about Islam, read the article about Islam on the UBGlobal website.

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