North Africans/Middle Easterners, Northern France

Malika stopped by a believing friend’s home after seeing some religious papers on her way to the market. Her conversation led to the subject of sin, which she didn’t think she had a problem with. She shared, “I just need enough good works to outweigh anything bad I do. During Ramadan, I’ll fast. That will help me gain God’s forgiveness and go to heaven. I’ll also fast on Mondays and Thursdays each week during the year, and that will give me more positive works, just in case they’re needed.” Ramadan, the ninth month on the Islamic lunar calendar, is observed by Muslims worldwide as a time of fasting. Muslims fast from many things during the daylight hours in the month, notably food and water. For some, it’s a religious ritual, for others, a cultural observance, and for still others, a time of reflection. Deuteronomy 4:29 (ESV) says: “But from there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Pray for Malika and other Muslims who are fasting to become discontent, leading them to seek the true God, hear from Him, and receive His salvation.