May 2020

May 5, 2020

To Help you Pray this month for your Local Mosque Community

We are living unprecedent times of self-isolation around the world and in Canada due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This has changed the way Muslims celebrate Ramadan this year. Muslims who would usually gather at the mosque for special prayers and celebration and share a spirit of festivity during this time, are obligated to stay home not able to gather as a community. In spite of that, Muslims will remember two celebrations during this month.

On Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Muslims will celebrate ‘Lailat al Kadr’, known as the ‘Night of Power,’ considered the holiest night of the year for Muslims, traditionally celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan. This night commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims pray to God for mercy, forgiveness, and salvation, believing that this is the only night when sins can be forgiven, and prayers can be answered.

From the evening of May 23, to the end of the evening of May 24 Muslims will celebrate the ‘Eid al-Fitre,’ known as the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast,’ a religious holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. This celebration is known as a time of abundance of not only food, but also gifts. Gifts of money, accessories, home goods, or flower are often given.

With this two celebrations in mind, let’s:

  • Pray that as Muslims are not able to gather together to pray and break the feast during this Ramadan due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that they will find Jesus in the stillness and a less busy routine of self-isolation at home.
  • Pray for God to prepare divine virtual or phone appointments and unusual circumstances for you to answer the reason for the HOPE that you have in Jesus with your Muslim friends and neighbours during this month of Ramadan.
  • Pray that Muslims would have a supernatural encounter with Jesus during the Night of Power, and that God would reveal to them who Jesus truly is, the only one who can forgive sins and save us.
  • Pray that Muslims will find the FREEDOM that is found in Christ, the FORGIVENESS for their past, present and future sins, and the ASSURANCE OF SALVATION as they put their trust in Jesus as their Saviour and Lord.
  • Pray that one day these ones would find their way to the feast Jesus described in Matthew 8:10-11, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.”
  • Continue praying for your Muslim friends, neighbours and those that worship at the mosque nearest your church.

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Loving Muslims Together exists because God’s love, demonstrated through Jesus Christ, is for Muslims. We function as local networks across Canada. We work to connect people and churches to opportunities, training and resources to help them build bridges to their Muslim neighbours, living out God’s love in word and deed.

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