October - Night of Power
“Wayne grew up a Muslim, but things drastically changed for him at age 10. One night while sleeping, he had a strange dream. He heard a voice saying to him, "Read the red book." He was confused, but a few days later he saw a friend of his with a red book. He asked to borrow it and discovered that it was a Bible. While reading it, Wayne was struck by John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life…" A few days later, Wayne had a meeting with a Muslim teacher and told him that he wanted to follow Jesus. The teacher said he could because the Muslim faith honors Jesus. Wayne then decided to become a Christian.”*
Whether or not you know it, Muslims all around the World are celebrating one of the most important events of the year. Ramadan is a time period in which Muslims seek Allah each day through fasting and prayer, which are two of the five pillars of Islam. These pillars are important, because it is believed that every Muslim should take part in all five pillars during their lifetime.
Have you ever tried fasting for a day? What about 30 days? During the month of Ramadan, millions of Muslims around the world take part in this 30 day fast. This fast lasts each day from sun up to sun down. Can you imagine, each day, waking up, and having the entire day ahead of you, and not being able to grab a meal or, even a granola bar to tie you over? This fast, known as the sawm, is a very important part of Ramadan, and is one of the five pillars. This year, Ramadan started on September 13, and it goes until October 12.
If Ramadan is already half over, why is it still important? During Ramadan, there is a very special night called “The Night of Power.” In Islam, the Night of Power traditionally is a night in which it is believed miraculous things have and will happen. This night is the night which Muhammad was believed to have received the first of his revelations of the Qur’an, which many believe happened during the last 10 days of Ramadan. Since Ramadan lasts only until October 12, the Night of Power will be celebrated by most Muslims in one of these coming days. This can be a great time to lift Muslims up in prayer.
What is the purpose of this night? During this night, many Muslims stay up all night, fasting and praying. This night is noted as being “better than a thousand months” (Sura 97, verse 3). It is believed that by praying during this night and memorizing parts of the Qur’an, a Muslim can be forgiven of all of their sins.
How can I pray for Muslims? Some research has shown that many Muslims have come to know Jesus as Lord through dreams and visions. During the night of power, many Muslims are seeking visions of Allah, hoping to receive forgiveness of sins.
We can pray that they may have a vision, but that these visions would show them the one true God. Pray that Muslims would know that Jesus is God, and that they would know He is the only way. May we as Christians earnestly seek that many of these Muslims will come to know Christ. This could be through visions, one of the many men and women who are laboring all around the world, or even through you, ministering and praying for a Muslim student you may know on your very own campus, workplace, or hometown.
May Muslims truly seek the One God, and may God be found by Muslims who are seeking something greater.
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By: Rebecca Wells
*Story used by permission from Pioneers’ BottomLine Email Update