An Evangelical Fasts During Ramadan

Join me--and all of Abraham's descendents--in prayer and fasting for peace in this troubled time

I'm going to fast sometime during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month that begins Friday. Not for a whole month, like many devout Muslims. My plan is to go without food a day, while I also spend some time praying.

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  • That may not sound like much of a sacrifice, but it is actually a big step for me. I have never fasted for religious reasons before. The only times I have ever denied myself food for any significant part of a day has been when it was required for some medical procedure.


    Nor have I paid much attention before to the religious practices of Muslims. But this year is different. Like many other Christians--and Jews and people of other faiths or of no faith at all--Islam has been much on my mind since Sept. 11. And like many others, I have also thought more intensely about my spiritual life during the past two months. So this year, while Muslims fast during Ramadan, I, too, will experiment with a time of fasting and prayer.

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