Why should Christians spend time thinking about a Muslim holy season? Well, at the very least, it’s neighborly to be aware of any event that commands the attention of so many people (23% of the world’s population!). But more to the point, Christians are called to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world, and that means loving and seeking to understand our Muslim neighbors. (Consider how the apostle Paul’s presentation of the gospel in Athens reflected his understanding of his audience’s spiritual beliefs and questions.)
We’ve written about Ramadan from a Christian perspective in the past—it’s an excellent opportunity for Christians to learn more about their Muslim neighbors, and consider how they can show Christlike love to followers of a religion whose relationship with Christianity has long been married by violence and mutual misunderstanding. Here, then, are some links to get you thinking:
- Four Things Christians Can Do During Ramadan: How many of these ideas can you implement in your life and community during Ramadan?
- 10 Things Every Christian Should Know About Islam: How many of these facts do you know?
- What Christians Should Know About Ramadan: The basic ideas and practices behind Ramadan, explained.
- Lee Strobel Talks About Christianity and Islam: The famous author and apologist explains the differences between the two religions.
- Should Christians Fast During Ramadan with Muslims?: A variety of opinions from Christian leaders on the question of fasting alongside our Muslim neighbors.
- What Can Christians Learn From Ramadan?: A Christian perspective on Ramadan practices like fasting and self-denial—practices that also have a biblical basis in Christianity.
- Interview: Nabeel Quresh, author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: Dr. Nabeel Qureshi is a former devout Muslim who was convinced of the truth of the gospel through historical reasoning and a spiritual search for God.