Shia of Iraq and Beyond

(SHE-uh) – The Islamic month of Ramadan has come to a close, and Iraqi Shia busy themselves with regular periods of mourning the deaths of fallen Muslim heroes of old or of biblical prophets. Shia believe that their fervent love and show of respect for these dead ones will garner them more favor before God. Psalm 86:5 (ESV) says: “For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.” Pray that the Spirit of God will turn Iraqi Shia’s hearts away from trying to earn His favor by their own good works and convict their hearts of sin, leading to true repentance. Ask for many to call upon the name of the Lord. Pray that in God’s goodness, He will pour out His steadfast love and forgive Iraqi Shia of their sin. Pray, also, that believing Iraqi Shia will, in turn, show the steadfast love of Christ to family members, neighbors, co-workers, and friends for His glory.