Eid al-Fitr is a three-day celebration following Ramadan when Muslims break their month-long fast. As described here, Eid al-Fitr was a subdued occasion this year for most who follow Islam. Isolation measures prevented communal practices, USA Today reports:
Typically, Muslims gather at mosques and prayer areas in the morning to perform Eid Prayer and greet each other. Other traditions include visiting friends and relatives, hosting food parties and sharing sweets.
JoAnn Doyle of Uncharted Ministries says pandemic restrictions mean the world’s 1.8 million Muslims cannot celebrate like they normally do, leaving a spiritual and emotional vacuum. “Eid is the last three days after Ramadan where they (Muslims) celebrate and thank God,” she explains.
“It’s sort of like how we celebrate Christmas with gifts and new clothes and special food, but they can’t really do that this year, so I know there’s a void.”
God’s Spirit is filling the gap and changing Muslim hearts.
Uncharted Ministries partners with local believers to reach Muslims and Jews for Christ around the world. Stories are starting to pour in, Doyle says, describing how the Lord moved during Ramadan 2020. “We have heard a little bit of what’s been happening this Ramadan, but usually we hear more in the weeks and the months that follow,” she adds.
Below, Doyle shares two examples from Islamic strongholds in the Middle East.
Syria’s Spirit-led revolution
In war-torn Syria, “so many have been displaced; a lot of the people that have left are in the middle age bracket, so what’s left in the country are the elderly and the youth,” Doyle says. Church leaders focus on the next generation, she adds, and found creative ways to overcome pandemic restrictions.
“During Ramadan, they’ve been texting out Bible stories and Bible lessons and then asking them questions, and these kids – Muslim kids, mind you – are responding back, answering the Bible questions. They’re engaging with God’s Word, which is amazing!” Doyle says.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Praise God for moving mightily in the Muslim world during Ramadan!
- Pray Muslim seekers discover God’s love, peace, and salvation.
- Ask the Lord to encourage and strengthen believers to share their faith with Muslims.