Since a part of this blog’s goal is to equip our readers to pray with understanding, we call it The Discipleship Blog. GCM is all about Discipleship, and we hope we can inspire and equip you to pray for our disciple makers in restricted Islamic nations, as well as add value to your life as a disciple of Christ. To help equip you in understanding the Muslim world and partner with us in prayer, we have a special three-part series this month titled ‘Understanding Islam and How to Pray for the Muslim World.’
Many Muslims around the world, both Sunni and Shia, will celebrate Ashura on the tenth day of the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar, which starts at sunset on Monday, September 9. For Shias, Ashura is a major religious commemoration of the martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of Muhammad, and for Sunnis it is a day of fasting.
Many Muslims across the world will recognize the start of the Islamic New Year at sunset this Friday, 30 August, marking the first day of the year 1441 of the Hijri calendar. Even though Hijri New Year is not as well known or as widely celebrated, many Muslims will make resolutions and spend time with family.