Thought for the day
Selma was afraid.
Things were going badly for her family; her husband had lost his job and her baby was not well.
Had someone cursed them? Had she broken some taboo?
She knew what she must do; she had heard the ‘pir’ (holy man) was visiting her town so she would go and visit him; he would intercede for her and bestow ‘baraka’ (blessing) on her and her family.
She would take some money as a gift for him, and maybe he would give her a charm to ward off evil.
Many of our Muslim friends and neighbours live in fear and want to protect themselves from the powers of darkness.
Most Muslims have this ‘folk Islam’ worldview.
This is especially true of women - they often feel helpless and turn to holy men and charms for help.
God rescues us from the kingdom of darkness and brings us into the kingdom of light – this is good news for Muslims!
Prayer for the day
Pray that Muslims who are looking to charms and holy men for protection would see that Jesus is the only one who can deliver them from their fears; that their trust would be in him alone.
When you are talking to a Muslim, ask if you can pray a blessing on them and their family in the name of Jesus
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