Yesterday was the first day of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. It runs through October 12 and is a time of prayer (5 times a day), cleansing, inside and out, and fasting from early morning till sun set. Please remember the Muslim people during this time and pray that the Almight would reveal himself to them. To read more or go through a 30 day prayer focus for Muslims check out
30 day’s. Here is a short story from today’s prayer focus.

For Friday, 14 September, Ramadan 2007. “Loving Muslims Through Prayer”

Outside, the muezzin finishes his call to prayer over the loud speaker. Instead of going to the mosque, a young man decides to pray at home. But first he does the ritual cleansing. In his cramped bathroom he begins by declaring his intention to cleanse himself and pray by saying “Bismillah” (In the name of God). He then washes his hands up to the wrists, three times. He rinses out his mouth with water three times and cleans his nostrils by sniffing water into them, three times. He proceeds to wash his whole face three times with both hands from the top of his forehead to the bottom of his chin and from ear to ear. Finally he washes his arms three times up to the elbow and ends by washing his ears and both feet.

Then the young man remembers the previous night. He was near the bars of Gemmayzeh, an eastern Beirut “Christian” neighbourhood. So many pretty young women were there. The young Muslim had really desired to enter a bar himself, however he had no money. His anger rose a he thought of the conflict with Israel and conflicts with Christians. No job, little money. No peace.

Then he unrolled his prayer rug.

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2 comments so far on “Ramadan

  1. Anonymous says:

    That is a great post Phil. I am so excited to learn that you are prayin for the Muslim’s and encouraging others. This is a fantastic excerpt I find quite challenging. Reminds me of the Faithfulness of Cornelius.

    God bless you Bro,


    ps. that picture on the cover is our friends in Kolkata. Do remember to pray for the Muslims of Kolkata

  2. roverT says:

    Thanks Phil for the post. We have some good friends who are muslim…but I really appreciate your encouragement to pray for them and your perspective on it.

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