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.
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.