As Muslims prepare for their biggest holiday of the year “Feast of Sacrifice,” known as Eid al Adha, this month, let’s also be prepared to explain how their holiday points to Jesus.
Around the world during the holidays Muslims will be feasting and enjoying themselves at the Feast of Sacrifice. This holiday, the Eid, is also a significant moment for major religious gatherings. Tens of thousands of Muslims will gather at places like the Agra mosque facing the Taj Mahal in India. In neighbouring Pakistan, thousands more will gather at the Faisal mosque in Islambad and in the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore.
These gatherings leave profound impressions on Muslims. However, the largest and most impressive gathering is in Mecca itself, where over two million pilgrims can pray at one time at the Haram Mosque during the annual pilgrimage which occurs about 70 days after Ramadan.
Muslims meet friends during these gatherings, and are often led by adept leaders in times of prayer. Muslims consider these gatherings as evidence of the superiority and growth of Islam. Jesus said that His Kingdom is like a grain of mustard seed. Muslims have generally not seen that healing, life, and salvation come through the cross and the resurrection. It is often in weakness that the strength of the Lord is made evident, and not through impressive numbers, great speakers, or manifestations of earthly power.
- Pray for Muslim families in your town, your region and your country that they might meet true believers who could share with them the bread of life during the feast (See Psalm 34:8, John 6:55-58).
- Pray for Muslims in your country who will be attending large religious gatherings. May God get their attention. Pray for revelations of the crucified, resurrected and now living Jesus during the three day feast.
- The Shah (King) Faisal Mosque in Islamabad Pakistan has a capacity of 75,000 people in the building and the surrounding courtyards. Up to an additional 200,000 other people can pray on the grounds outside. Pray they can hear the voice of the Living God today.
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