Shia of the Desert

The Islamic month of Ramadan begins on the evening of March 10. Daily schedules for the Shia of the desert will change dramatically. The start time for work and school will begin later, and the hours of those activities will be shortened. Restaurants will open in the afternoon and remain open until the early hours of the morning. Banking, running errands, and grocery shopping can easily be accomplished at midnight or later. Easter falls on March 31 this year in the middle of Ramadan. Followers of Jesus will be celebrating the risen Christ while their neighbors are fasting and doing good deeds to please Allah. Pray for believers to allow the Holy Spirit to shine brightly through them during this time so they may always be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks [them] for a reason for the hope that is in [them]” (1 Peter 3:15 ESV). Pray for good dialogue! Lift up those who have recently begun to follow Jesus. Ask that they can celebrate well and find other followers to greet with “Al Masih qam” (Arabic for “Christ is risen”) or respond with “Haqqan qam” (Arabic for “He is risen, indeed”).