Keeping the Fast of Ramadan
The fast of Ramadan (pronounced "rom-a-don")
is the holiest period in the Islamic year. It
commemorates the month in the year 610 CE when revelations
began from God, via the angel Gabriel, to the Prophet Muhammad. These verbal
revelations were memorized by Muhammad and were later written down as the
During this month, almost all Muslims over the age of 12 are expected to "abstain from food, drink and
other sensual pleasures" from the first light of dawn until sunset. 1 Muslims may opt-out
of observing Ramadan for health reasons.
Ramadan Fasters of Christ also observe the fast. Since Jesus
instructed his followers to fast privately and without open display, they do not
identify themselves. However, they are accessible via Email.
They have provided the following essay anonymously.
Ramadan 1426 / 2005
To our Muslim brothers and sisters everywhere:
All praise and thanks be to the one God whom we all worship, who has called you
to worship Him after the manner of al-Islam, and us to worship Him according to
the gospel of Jesus, whom both faith traditions hail as the Messiah: it is our
deep wish that God strengthen you in your devotion to Him, your love of Him, and
your trust in Him during this month of Ramadan, and that everything that you do
for His sake may be pleasing to Him.
We have joined you in keeping the fast of Ramadan this year, as a freewill
offering to God accompanying our prayer for peace, justice, and a spirit of love
to grow among the peoples of the Abrahamic religions. It is our desire that all
over the world, if God so wills, Muslim, Jew and Christian can learn to stand
together in brotherhood in the sight of their Creator. But we are mourning many
of the deeds of our government and our people, as they continue to involve
themselves in the affairs of Islamic peoples, and the lives of Muslim detainees
held at United States facilities, without sufficiently caring or understanding
what they are doing to the people whose lives they affect. To our sorrow, we see
many American Christians trusting, supporting, and following policy-makers whose
guiding principle seems to be "let us do evil, that good may come of it,"
as if they did not know that our own scripture explicitly condemns it.
Our power to make the world’s leaders humble themselves, question their own
behavior, and repent, seems very small. And yet we draw hope from our certainty
that we are listened to by the true Ruler of this world, who sees everything and
holds all power. This month we curb our natural appetites during daylight hours
to be more mindful of the One to whom we must return, the Highest, our Helper.
We perceive, sadly, that many American Christians lack understanding of what it
means to be a Muslim. How better to change that than for some of us to join the
Muslim world in its Ramadan fast? We also hope that such self-restraint as we
gain from the fast might help restore a spirit of self-restraint to American
culture, in however small a way, for on our learning self-restraint now seems to
depend the saving of the world from ruin.
Advised by Jesus himself to fast privately and without open display (Matthew
6:16-18), 1 we make ourselves
available for responses to this communication but without identifying ourselves
individually by name.
May God comfort you, sustain you in hope, and bestow on you every blessing."
- Matthew 6:16-18: "Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the
hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they
may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou
appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy
Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly." King James
- The Christ Fasters can be reached at:
- Romans 3:8: "And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and
as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose
damnation is just." King James Version
Copyright © 2005 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally posted: 2005-NOV-02
Latest update: 2005-NOV-03
Author: B.A. Robinson