Fast Facts on Ramadan
- This week Muslims around the world will begin the month-long fast known as Ramadan. The dates of Ramadan this year are June 18 – July 17.
- Ramadan takes place annually, during the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, based on the sighting of the crescent moon.
- Muslims celebrate Ramadan to commemorate Allah’s revelation of the Quran to Muhammad.
- During Ramadan Muslims are required to fast during daylight hours, abstaining from food, drink, smoking, and sexual relations. After sundown, however, Muslims are allowed to partake of all these things until sunrise the next day.
- Muslims are required to observe Ramadan as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. They view this practice as essential in order to please Allah and to hopefully be admitted into paradise on the Day of Judgment.
- Salvation in Islam is based on human effort. Admission into paradise is based on one’s good deeds outweighing their bad. However, because Allah is capricious by nature, there is no assurance of salvation in Islam.
- Muslims need to hear about the grace of God offered through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). They need to know that we can be assured of our salvation through the finished work of Christ, who bore our sins on the cross to make us right in the eyes of our holy God (2 Corinthians 5:21).
- Please pray for Muslims this Ramadan.
For more information on the religion of Islam, please check out Dr. Carlson’s lecture, The Religion of Islam, available in CD or MP3 in our online store.
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