Why Christians Should Fast with Muslims for Ramadan

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Ramadan is a 30 Day fast that involves abstaining from food, drink, smoking, and sexual relations during daylight hours. Muslims use it as a time to train themselves to flee from lust and other sinful appetites.

For many Muslims Ramadan commemorates the coming of the Word of God to Muhammad. If in Christianity the eternal Word of God “became flesh,” it might be said that in Islam the Word “became a book.” There is a sense in which Ramadan is like Christmas, especially since even nominal Muslims become more attune to spiritual things during this season.

Watch more in this Seven Minute Seminary with Dr. Matthew Friedman.

Visit 30daysprayer.com for prayer ideas each year during Ramadan.

To learn more about Islam, check out Dr. Timothy Tennent’s video series, An Introduction to Islam.

Download an image on the 5 Pillars of Islam.

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Dr. Matthew Friedman is Professor of Intercultural Studies and Global Ministry Director at Kingswood University, Sussex, Canada, and Adjunct Professor at Asbury Theological Seminary.


  1. Lets not blur the differences between these two religions. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is nothing like the profit, Mohammed. Zip, zero. And Ramadan is nothing like Christmas.