The end of the holy month of Ramadan and the conclusion of the dawn-to-sunset fasting is marked by the one day of the year on which Muslims are prohibited from fasting. Just as Muslims believe Allah commanded them, in the Quran, to fast during the month of Ramadan, they also believe they should conclude the season of deprivation with a feast and festival of celebration that can last 1-3 days.
As the month of Ramadan closes, the first day of the month of Shawwal is the Feast of Breaking the Fast, or Eid al-Fitr.
As always, Muslims are up before sunrise to offer their first required prayers for the day. Then they clean themselves and put on their best clothes for Eid al-Fitr and eat a breakfast of dates before heading to the mosque for a special Eid service.
Before they can participate in the Eid prayers, they must first offer alms to the poor. A month of deprivation during Ramadan is intended to make them sympathetic to the plight of the poor, hungry, and needy so this act of charity, although obligatory, is an expression of their new-found sympathy for others and gratitude for what they have. Similarly, Muslims are encouraged to forgive others for any offenses that occurred during the year.
The celebration of the end of Ramadan can last one to three days as different homes host a feast of their own to celebrate with friends and members of their mosque. And there’s always more than enough food because they love hospitality.
We Have Cause to Celebrate
We’ve spent thirty days praying for the Muslim world. We’ve learned about Islam and the practices of Muslims. We’ve heard testimonies of Muslims who came to know Christ in various ways.
The evidence is clear: God’s Spirit is moving among Muslims in miraculous ways. We have much to celebrate for all God is doing. We have seen God at work and joined in His work through our prayers. Take time to celebrate how God will answer your prayers. You can be sure that your prayers for the Muslim world have been heard and answered because God will answer prayers in accordance with His will and it’s His will for all people to hear the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our prayers have moved heaven and earth to prepare the way for God to work now and in the future. Imagine for a moment the number of Muslims who could come to know Christ as God’s Son and our Savior. Imagine Bibles being distributed in difficult places. Imagine children leading their parents to salvation. Imagine whole mosques turning to God.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
God is able! God is able! God is able to do more than we can imagine! He can do more than we even thought to ask Him to do.
Let’s give Him credit for His love and goodness and how He will demonstrate that to Muslims around the world.
Five Prayers for Muslims
Today let’s wrap up with thanksgiving to God, affirming that He has heard and answered our prayers. Let’s celebrate all He is doing among Muslims around the world.
Lord, I thank you for . . .
- Loving each person, regardless of the sins committed against you and thank you for making yourself known to Muslims through dreams, visions, and supernatural means.
- Moving among Muslim peoples in areas where Western Christians have little or no access and for enabling travel and the mixing of cultures so Muslims can more easily hear the message of Christ.
- Creative technologies which allow Muslims around the world to have access to Internet, television, and phones where they might learn of the Good News and thank you for ministries focusing on using technology to reach the Muslim world.
- Giving Muslims the courage to make a decision for Christ, even though it costs them so much personally through the loss of family, community, possessions, and even life.
- Allowing new converts to testify of your saving grace to their family and friends so at least they have heard the message of Christ, even if they reject it.
Continue to ask God how He wants you to pray for Muslims and what more He wants you to do.