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Loving Our Muslim Neighbors During Ramadan

The Kaaba in Mecca, the spiritual center of Islam.

The Kaaba in Mecca, the spiritual center of Islam.

Ramadan has begun! For the next several weeks, millions of Muslims around the world will be fasting, praying, and reflecting on their moral responsibilities as followers of Allah.

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:

Related posts:

  1. Praying and Learning During Ramadan
  2. Four Things Christians Can Do During Ramadan
  3. Four Things Christians Can Do During Ramadan
  4. What Can Christians Learn from Ramadan?
  5. Interview: Nabeel Quresh, author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

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