Since Shia Muslims observe Ashura as a day of mourning, their traditions embody processions, mourning, and reenactments of the martyrdom. Typically, males use self-flagellation to acknowledge the struggling of Husayn ibn Ali.
Praying throughout Ashura
“It’s one of the key dates on the Shia Muslim calendar and I would love for us to pray for Shia Muslims today, especially as they remember and commemorate the day of Ashura,” says Jane* from Cry Out Now Ministries.
This time of mourning and give attention to sacrifice is usually a frequent thread between Shia Muslims and Christians, Jane says.
“The sacrifice of Jesus is something that they can understand. Because they do understand sacrifice and for us to pray that they will go beyond their own pain, but see his pain in this season,” Jane says.
She sees Ashura as the proper time for Christ-followers to wish. “[Pray] that they (Muslims) will really uncover a God that skilled sacrifice and ache as effectively, that skilled struggling as effectively. A God that meets them of their ache and truly desires to herald therapeutic that they need not keep on this place of historic ache and struggling, however that they will really obtain therapeutic from one which understands sacrifice,” Jane asks.
“We want to pray specifically that they, in the midst of the mourning…when they reach the bottom of their pain, that they will actually discover God there.”
This understanding of sacrifice and struggling has already modified lives and deepened understanding.
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“They are searching for God, they are searching for understanding, they, are searching for comfort. So let’s pray that God will meet them in their searching,” Jane says.
Pray for believers residing alongside Shia Muslims. That they may know methods to join and share their tales and never look away.
“Share stories of the love of Jesus, the forgiveness of Jesus, and the ultimate sacrifice that he has made for all of that. And that that is the sacrifice that we need to hold onto not the sacrifices of man.”
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