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Reminder to pray for Christians during Muslim holy days

Charlie Butts   (OneNewsNow.com) Monday, July 08, 2013

For most Muslims, the 30-day Ramadan period starts Tuesday and runs through August 7. However, it's also a time of special prayer for persecuted Christians in Muslim-dominated countries.

Open Doors USA spokesman Jerry Dykstra explains the purpose of Ramadan for Muslims.

"This is a time when most Muslims around the world observe 30 days of refraining from food and drink from sunrise to sunset, and many Muslims view this as a time to practice humility and submissiveness to Allah," he tells OneNewsNow.

Open Doors USA has launched its own prayer campaign for Christians throughout the world. Information on that campaign appears on the organization's website.

"They can pray for a specific country that we have on that list, and many of those countries are on the Open Doors 2013 World Watch list, like Pakistan and Iran and Iraq," he says. "And so, they can not only pray for the country, but also for the believers there and also for Muslims."

In those countries, he expalins, Christians become more of a target for persecution during Ramadan, but at the same time many Muslims are a little more open to the gospel. The Open Doors USA website offers a free, downloadable, user-friendly 30-day prayer and reference guide for use during Ramadan.

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