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From Christianity Today: Some Christians today are fasting during Ramadan as an act of solidarity with Muslims. 

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“Christians may fast alongside Muslim friends, either as a gesture of friendship or in order to open dialogue, but not as part of Ramadan itself. Christian fasting is fundamentally different from Muslim fasting. Christians must make clear that their view of God, God’s approach to us, and therefore fasting as part of our relationship to God, are each different from Muslim views.”
Gerald McDermott, Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion, Roanoke College

“Muslims believe that fasting is an essential component during the month of Ramadan, essential to their obedience to God. So they assume anyone who is seeking to be serious about God will show that dedication by fasting as well. Muslims have a hard time understanding how Christians can be serious about wanting to follow God without also fasting during Ramadan. If Muslims see a Christian fasting, they tend to respond with a development of very positive rapport. They say, “Here’s someone who is serious about obeying God as much as we are.” It builds ties with Muslim friends and acquaintances.”
Mateen Elass, Christian from a Muslim family background and senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Edmond, Okla.
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