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A Letter from our Christian Brothers and Sisters

I received this beautiful and kind letter today from our Christian brothers and sisters, and I wanted to share it with all my Muslim brothers and sisters. They are extending their hands towards Muslims by fasting this month of Ramadan with us. They exemplify the true teachings of Jesus (peace be upon him), and inshallah we as Muslims can extend the same kind hand towards them. We need to reach out to our fellow Christian brothers and sisters. We should use this blessed month that Allah has given us to purify our hearts and to give in kindness and understanding towards all humanity. Please read their kind letter and if you can, email them telling them thanks for showing their support to Muslims.

Ramadan 1428 / 2007

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 God, your love of God, and your trust in God 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, and encourage one another in faithfulness and good deeds. 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 (Romans 3:8). In repenting our own complicity in this, we hope to lead our brother and sister Christians into repentance.

Our power to make the world’s leaders humble themselves, question their own behavior, and let their hearts be turned, seems very small. And yet we draw hope from our certainty that we are listened to by the true Ruler of this world, the Turner of Hearts, 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 the worldly culture of the industrialized nations, 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), 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.
Ramadan Fasters of Christ
christsfasters@aol.com

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One thought on “A Letter from our Christian Brothers and Sisters

  1. Shafi Jami on said:

    Same to so caring and loving Christian brothers and sisters:

    We appreciate you for joining us in bearing fast of Ramazan. Your letter giving us the feeling like that you Christian brothers and sisters are with us in all moment regardless of sadness or happiness. We are realizing that out brothers and sisters like you people are sharing their thoughts with open hearts.

    One who believes in Holy books, knows that Jesus(peace be upon him) has stated to bear fast to purify own self. No one can challenge this as this is stated in the Holy books like Gospel and Quraan. The Holy Quraan says that all the prophets came with same basic principles and the prophets after Abraham are the follower of Abrahamic religion. We never distinguish between prophets as they were sent for the only purpose- to purify mankind in the light of divine words stated in the holy books at their times.

    The present situation of Muslim and Christian or other worlds is demanding more attention. Who from either side committing evil deeds should be condemned on the parallel plane. Any one who is practicing ““let us do evil, that good may come of it,” should strongly be condemned. If we let this sort of practice to go on, it really will hamper the whole world relationship and God will not forgive us for this act. This is certainly an aversion of Abrahamic religious concept. On other side of mirror there are people like you who know their scripture, recalling it and displaying it for the sake of humanity and goodwill are certainly to be appreciated.

    We are thankful of you O our Christian brother and sisters for raising your friendly hands and joining us to bear the fast of Ramazan. May Allah will open your heats more and help you to find what He knows to be the best for you.

    Shafi Jami

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