Friday, October 06, 2006

American Christians Keeping the Fast of Ramadan

Ramadan 1427 / 2006
To our Muslim brothers and sisters everywhere:

All praise and thanks be to the one God whom we all worship, who has called you to worship Him after the manner of al-Islam, and us to worship Him according to the gospel of Jesus, whom both faith traditions hail as the Messiah: it is our deep wish that God strengthen you in your devotion to Him, your love of Him, and your trust in Him during this month of Ramadan, and that everything that you do for His sake may be pleasing to Him.

We have joined you in keeping the fast of Ramadan this year, as a freewill offering to God accompanying our prayer for peace, justice, and a spirit of love to grow among the peoples of the Abrahamic religions. It is our desire that all over the world, if God so wills, Muslim, Jew and Christian can learn to stand together in brotherhood in the sight of their Creator. But we are mourning many of the deeds of our government and our people, as they continue to involve themselves in the affairs of Islamic peoples, and the lives of Muslim detainees held at United States facilities, without sufficiently caring or understanding what they are doing to the people whose lives they affect. To our sorrow, we see many American Christians trusting, supporting, and following policy-makers whose guiding principle seems to be “let us do evil, that good may come of it,” as if they did not know that our own scripture explicitly condemns it (Romans 3:8).

Our power to make the world’s leaders humble themselves, question their own behavior, and repent, seems very small. And yet we draw hope from our certainty that we are listened to by the true Ruler of this world, who sees everything and holds all power. This month we curb our natural appetites during daylight hours to be more mindful of the One to whom we must return, the Highest, our Helper. We perceive, sadly, that many American Christians lack understanding of what it means to be a Muslim. How better to change that than for some of us to join the Muslim world in its Ramadan fast? We also hope that such self-restraint as we gain from the fast might help restore a spirit of self-restraint to American culture, in however small a way, for on our learning self-restraint now seems to depend the saving of the world from ruin.

Advised by Jesus himself to fast privately and without open display (Matthew 6:16-18), we make ourselves available for responses to this communication but without identifying ourselves individually by name. May God comfort you, sustain you in hope, and bestow on you every blessing.

Ramadan Fasters of Christ


Anonymous said...

we are secularists, academics, activists, writers, artists who have created a solidarity fast during Ramadan. see our statement and other information at this blog:

Anonymous said...

we are secularists, academics, activists, writers, artists who have created a solidarity fast during Ramadan. see our statement and other information at this blog:

BuJ said...

Wow.. this is most interesting and encouraging! First time I hear of such a fast. God Bless.

kinzi said...

You go, Christfasters! There are many Western Christians fasting during Ramadan here in the Middle East, but it is lovely to hear of your group there.

The purpose of your fast is also fitting...I'm remembering what Jesus Christ said that some evil can only be faced and removed with prayer and fasting.

Sadiq M. Alam said...

good blog. i will link you up in my blog as well.

blessings of Ramadan!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for joining in the fast during this month.

May I mention the verse of Quran - "Let us come to common terms, that we worship none but (the one God) Allah"

In your wonderful spirit of joining in the fast, may I commend you to join in the saying of
"Laa ilaaha ilallah Muhammad ar Rasoolullah"
There is none worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.

Boo! said...

May God bless you for your fasting, and may your efforts yield the results that you desire of them.

RIJJU said...

Now that you guys have been fasting for the past two weeks. What differences have you felt in your self spiritualy.

kinzi said...

Rijju, I have felt God's presence much more strongly. I can hear His voice specifically asking me to pray for this or that - and He has blessed me with seeing quick and specific answers. His word has been alive. There has been an miraculous healing of a man's toes that had gangrene, also. Remember I am a Christian, and I am praying in the name of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, just so there is no confusion.