BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (TAB) — With more than 1.5 billion Muslims in the world and nearly 6 million in the United States, you are likely to be around Muslims at work, at school or in your community. On June 17, they will began celebrating Ramadan, a 30-day fast observed from sunrise to sunset each day.
Here are some ways the International Mission Board (IMB) says you can reach out to them during this season:
- Download this prayer guide provided by IMB to gain an understanding of what Muslims believe and learn how to effectively pray and share the gospel with them.
- Prepare a bag of dates and nuts to pass out to Muslim neighbors right before sunset. Include a card or short note to introduce yourself.
- Visit a mosque in your city with a friend. Many mosques will open their doors to the community during Ramadan. Enjoy a meal with them if they break the fast at the mosque. Talk with someone about Ramadan, asking questions about why they fast. Exchange contact information with someone you’ve connected with and invite them to meet you for coffee or to visit your home. Be sure to connect with someone of the same gender — never invite someone of the opposite sex.
- Fast and pray each Friday throughout the month of Ramadan.
- Invite some international Muslim students from a local college or university to your house to break the fast one night. Family is important to Muslims, and many international students do not have the opportunity to be in an American household. Make sure as you prepare the meal that you do not use pork or pork products.
- The 27th night of Ramadan is called the “Night of Power.” This year it falls on July 13. Muslims believe Allah revealed the first part of the Quran to Muhammed during this night. They often stay awake until morning and pray for blessings and forgiveness. Pray for Muslims to have dreams and visions of Jesus and the true message of salvation on this night.
- Visit and eat at a Muslim-owned restaurant that is offering an iftar meal — the evening meal that breaks the daily Ramadan fast. After Ramadan, visit the restaurant regularly to eat. The owners will greatly appreciate that you come and try to get to know them.