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Fasting and Feasting

By Judah,* RMM worker in the Middle East

Judah and his wife Rayna* have lived in the Middle East for the past nine months and are currently experiencing life in this region during Ramadan, which is from May 27 to June 25 this year.


As another month has begun, a few things have been different here. Right now is the month of Ramadan, the month where Muslims fast and feast. Here, where we are, they fast from 3:30am till around 8pm every day. In the evenings after 8pm, they enjoy a big meal together. What is the reason for the fasting? Fasting is one of the five pillars of their beliefs that they are required to follow to be in right standing with Allah or to help them gain good favor in place of the bad they have done. Ramadan is also a time of feasting where they make special foods to eat and share with each other.

“How I long for the Father to continue to make breakthroughs and reveal the truth to these people whether they are people who are fully engaged in their faith or not.”Going into this time, we didn't know what to expect. We had heard that restaurants and cafés would still be open but we wondered, would they be really empty during the day? In our neighborhood we see that some people don't follow Ramadan, but instead continue eating and drinking during the day. I have been surprised by how many I see in the cafés and restaurants. It makes me wonder, why? Are they Muslim in name only? Are they dissatisfied with Islam and don't believe it is true? I don't know the answer to these questions, but it shows me that some people here aren't fully engaged in their faith. How I long for the Father to continue to make breakthroughs and reveal the truth to these people whether they are people who are fully engaged in their faith or not. I am sure thankful for our faith that is not based on works but on the goodness of our Father.

*Names changed for security