Photo credit: Majid Korang beheshti
The afternoon temperatures soar to almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the Persian World. But no one is buying ice cream during the day.
It is the fasting month of Ramadan, when most adult Muslims don’t eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. It commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. The dates for this year’s Ramadan are May 27 to June 24. The purpose of this annual fast is to bring them closer to Allah and make them more mindful of people who are less fortunate.
Muslims believe that fasting during daylight hours can help develop patience, modesty and spirituality. Ramadan is an annual 30-day fast that occurs in the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. So ice cream sellers don’t open their shops until after the sun goes down about 8:30 p.m. People practicing the fast can eat and drink at any time during the night.
All this will change on June 25 with the celebration of Eid marking the end of the fast.
Please pray for the people of the Persian Speaking World, especially during Ramadan. As many strive to become more spiritual, may they learn about God who loves them and accept His gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
“For by grace you have been saved by faith; and that nor of yourself: it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10 KJV
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