Yesterday marked the beginning of Ramadan. I found this post on Justin Taylor’s Blog. As a pastor in a church located in a neighborhood with a sizable Muslim population, I thought this was worth bringing to people’s attention.

[posted August 11th]

“Today is the beginning of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, the time of year they believe that Allah revealed the first verses of the Qur’an to his Prophet Mohammed. This year it goes from August 11 to September 9.

A friend writes:

It is a holy time for Muslims as they abstain from food, drink, and sex from sunrise to sunset in hopes of purifying themselves and earning reward from God. Unfortunately no amount of fasting can accomplish that. It was during Ramadan in 1997 that God worked so powerfully to give me a love for Muslim peoples. A friend asked me to pray through the 30 Days of Prayer for Muslims. I did. When I started Muslims were no different to me than any other lost peoples. But 30 days later my heart was on fire to see Jesus Christ glorified among Muslim peoples and especially Arabs. Please be praying for Muslims this month (Aug 11 – Sept 9). Pray that God will help them see that they can never earn their way to him, that they need a Savior and that his name is Jesus. You can find great resources to pray (and download this year’s prayer booklet) online at

You can download the booklet directly below: