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Muslims: Ramadan Night of Power

October 3, 2007

Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | No. 448 | Wed 03 Oct 2007

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MUSLIMS: RAMADAN NIGHT OF POWER
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Christians are persecuted to greater or lesser degrees in all
Islamic and Muslim majority states and regions. This arises from
the Quran promoting Muslim superiority and supremacy, while
decrying Jews and Christians as corrupted peoples who are not to be
befriended or trusted. Unifying and rallying his followers,
Mohammed protected his power and his Islam by making apostasy and
blasphemy capital offences and by demonising non-Muslims. These
factors lead to the persecution of Christians and are the main
reasons why evangelising Muslims has historically been so
difficult.

Furthermore, Islam is imperialistic and because non-Muslims are
bulwarks against Islamic advance, it decrees they must be converted
to Islam, subjugated or eliminated. Islam was ascendant for a
millennium, advancing from the Arabian Peninsula west across North
Africa and north into Spain, as well as north through the Holy Land
and into Persia. Islam later advanced from Asia Minor north through
the Balkans and west into Europe, laying siege to Vienna in 1683.
Then post-Reformation Europe gained the ascendancy and forced an
Islamic retreat, the disintegration of the Caliphate and the
liberation of numerous subjugated peoples. By the end of World War
2 Islam was fractured, weak, backward and under Western mandates in
many places.

Islamists believe that only reformation - a return to strict
Quranic Islam - will enable Muslims to regain the ascendancy. Since
the 1970s, Saudi Arabia has been investing its petro-dollars in the
global dissemination of strict Islam, reviving and radicalising
Muslims around the world. Islamic jihad and religious persecution
have consequently escalated. However, that is not the only trend in
Islam. The irresistible and irreversible globalised trend towards
openness, due to developments in information and communication
technologies, is generating a counter-trend: Muslims are
secularising, demanding liberty and turning to Christ in
unprecedented numbers. Thanks to radio, satellite and Internet
technologies, Muslims in Islamic states can now hear testimonies
and witness from Muslims who have converted to Christianity. These
media are also enabling a growing number of local and global prayer
networks to pray strategically for the persecuted church and the
Muslim world. We need to be praying for this counter-trend to gain
the ascendancy!

We are right now in the most spiritually important last 10 days of
Ramadan 2007 (2-12 October). Islamic tradition has it that the
\'Night of Power\' falls within this period. It is most widely
considered it will be the night of the 27th day of Ramadan: Tuesday
9 October (in 2007). Muslims believe that the angel Gabriel first
spoke to Mohammed on that night and that every year on its
anniversary the gates of heaven are opened wide, angels come to
earth and Allah is especially merciful and attentive to prayers.
Millions of Muslims around the world stay awake through the Night
of Power, seeking his mercy. [See < http://www.30-days.net/reveal/power/ >]

So please pray through this week and especially on the night of
Tuesday 9 October - the Night of Power - that as Muslims seek God\'s
mercy, the God of the Bible (a God they do not know) will indeed
graciously and mercifully answer their prayers. \'I revealed myself
to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not
seek me. To a nation not called by my name, I said "Here am I, here
am I."\' (Isaiah 65:1)

PLEASE PRAY FOR GOD TO:

* answer the prayers of all those Muslims earnestly seeking divine
mercy and forgiveness of sins; may the one true God reveal
himself - through dreams, visions, the Word and Christian
witness - as their one and only Saviour.

* profoundly bless those ministries that are reaching and seeking
to reach Muslims around the world; may resistance be overcome,
obstacles removed and finances flood in, so that the gospel of
truth, grace and mercy may indeed flood the earth, advancing the
knowledge and glory of the Lord. (Habakkuk 2:14)

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