We now come to the final ten days of Ramadan, believed to be the holiest and most blessed days of the entire Muslim calendar. These are the Days of Refuge, to seek Allah's blessing and ask for safety from hell, as in Islam there is no guarantee of going to heaven.
In Psalm 46:1, we read that "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." During the Days of Refuge, we can thank God for the eternal refuge we have in Him, and the assurance of everlasting life in Jesus.
The 27th night of Ramadan, probably around the 21st June, is Laylat al-Qadr (the Night of Power or Destiny), which is the holiest night of the entire Islamic year. It commemorates the day when the Quran was revealed to Mohammed, which Muslims consider to be the most important event in history.
It is said that on Laylat al-Qadr, the gates of heaven open and forgiveness is poured down, and is regarded as "better than a thousand months" of prayer and devotion, and that on this night angels descend to earth.
The exact night on which it falls is uncertain, so many Muslims pray through the night on each of the last 10 days of Ramadan.
On this night, pray for Muslims who are seeking God with all their hearts, that they would find Him, and pray that Jesus would reveal Himself in dreams and visions!
Prayer for the final 10 days of Ramadan:
- As Muslims seek eternal refuge, pray that God would reveal to them that they can only find assurance of salvation in Him.
- Many people from the Middle East are in need of physical, as well as spiritual refuge, as they have been forced to leave their homelands due to conflict and instability. Pray particularly for Middle Eastern refugees at this time, that they would find safety, healing and refuge both physically and spiritually.
- Ramadan is a special time for families as they celebrate together. Pray that God would be especially close to those who have lost their loved ones recently, and that they would find true comfort in Him.
- God is love. As you pray, thank God for His love for each and every person in the Middle East, that He knows them completely and wants them to know Him in return. He wants to save them and bring them peace.
- Pray for those who had revelations of Jesus during Laylat al-Qadr, that they would have the courage to become followers of Jesus whatever the cost.
- Thank God for Middle East Media's ongoing work in the Gulf, like I Believe, But..., a TV series in the local Arabic dialect designed to answer the big questions that many new believers have about living out their faith in a Muslim majority region. Pray that this work would continue to bear fruit, and provide much-needed support to isolated believers.
- Traditionally, on the 29th day of Ramadan after sunset, people go outside to look for a new crescent moon. If the crescent moon is sighted, the end of Ramadan and Eid are declared. If not, Ramadan is extended for one more day. Pray for God's blessing on Muslim families and communities as they celebrate this special day together.
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Don't forget to wish your Muslim friends, neighbours and colleagues "Eid Mubarak" on the 25th June! The month of Ramadan ends in the feast of Eid al-Fitr, the festival of the breaking of the fast. Mubarak is the Arabic word for blessed. Eid is a big celebration, during which Muslims gather together to exchange gifts, spend time with family and eat celebratory meals - fasting is finally over!