Should Christians join Muslims in fasting during Ramadan?

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Muslims have five duties, known as the pillars of Islam. Islam itself is said to be built on these five “pillars”:

  1. The recitation of the Islamic declaration of faith, known as the Shahadah.
  2. Prayer five times a day.
  3. Charity (Zakat).
  4. The annual fast — actually a month of fasting — called Ramadan.
  5. Pilgrimage to Mecca, called the hajj – required of every Muslim at least once in his life.

The fasting month is to be hold during the 9th and holiest month of Muslim calendar. It was on the 27th day of this month that the Qur’an was supposed to be sent down from heaven (Al-Baqarah 2:185). It has been called the „Night of Power“ (Lailat al-qadr). The „angel Gabriel“ brought tablets down to the lowest heaven (Al-Baqarah 2:185, surah 97).

So, fasting is one of the Five Pillars of the religion of Islam and one of the highest forms of Islamic worship. Even the „gates of paradise“ open when Ramadan begins (Sahih Bukhari 3.122, Sahih Bukhari 3.123). Muslims fast as an act of faith and worship towards „Allah“ of Islam, seeking to suppress their desires and increase their spiritual piety. Fasting together as a worldwide Muslim community – the Ummah – affirms the brotherhood of Muslim before Allah.

As Ramadan is specifically a pillar of Muslim faith, Christians should not observe it as it would undermine our spiritual warfare.

The Bible is clear about the nature of the spiritual battle. (Ephesians 6:12; II Corinthians 10:4). There is a Satan out there. There are demons. There is false teaching and there are false prophets.

However, many contextual missionaries – camouflaged as „insiders“ – are bold in infiltrating the battle zone and exposing themselves to Satan’s tactics. Already there are rumors that some of them have officially converted to Islam. Many of them even dress like Muslims and live the Muslim lifestyle including attending the mosque, fasting during Ramadan and participating in Islamic rituals at every level. Some have no problem praying the shahada (confession) that Muhammad is a prophet from God. This not only exposes them but also their converts to false teaching by Muslim imams and teachers.

Islam is fundamentally and irreconcilably opposed to biblical Christianity. Islam teaches that Jesus Christ was a mere man–a prophet, and not God incarnate. Islam also denies that Jesus died on a cross. Obviously, if Christ did not die on the cross, He did not have to rise from the dead; so Islam denies the resurrection, too.

Islam further teaches that no one can have salvation but a Muslim. Even though a Muslim can never know whether he has salvation, only Muslims can have it in the end.

Much more could be said, but clearly, Islam and Christianity are mutually exclusive. Both claim to be the only true way to God. Both cannot be right…

Clearly, Islam and Christianity are mutually exclusive. Both claim to be the only true way to God, but both cannot be right. There is no atonement in Islam, no forgiveness, no savior, and no assurance of eternal life. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of hope; Islam is a religion of hopelessness.

Making these kinds of distinctions may not be politically correct, but it is critical if the purity of the gospel is to be protected. Put simply, there is no salvation outside of Christ. When this truth is compromised, the gospel is abandoned—and so is the only hope that we can offer to those who are not our enemies, but rather our mission field.“(1)

Let us be aware of our „mission field“. Take the biblical test of who really is worshiping the one true God – and who is led by the spirit of antichrist:

(Joh 5:23) …Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.

(1Joh 2:22-23) Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.

(1Joh 4:2-3) By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist…

(2Joh 9) Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.

(1Cor 16:22) If anyone has no love for the Lord [Jesus], let him be accursed. Our Lord, come!

However lovely the sentiment, God has clearly told us not to do what some Christians and even missionaries are doing during these days.

Taking part in Muslim fasting during Ramadan is committing violation of Scripture because those in the false anti-christian religion of Islam „sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons… Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? (1 Corinthians 10:20; 2 Corinthians 6:14-15, NASB)

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  1. http://www.reformationstudycenter.com/Islam-MacArthur.html
  2. Bible and Islam (misc. article)
  3. The Insider Movement
  4. The Insider Movement (pdf)
  5. The Ramadan Fast (pdf)
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