Day 28: The Hadhramis of Yemen

Day 28: The Hadhramis of Yemen

The Hadhramis come originally from the “Hadhramaut”, which means “valley of death” and is the home of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. This region in the eastern part of Yemen is very isolated, and the people there have little opportunity to hear the good news. In this...

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Day 27: Jordan: Counting on God’s reward!

Day 27: Jordan: Counting on God’s reward!

The original inhabitants of Jordan are the nomadic Bedouin people, and many of their traditions still shape the culture, such as in the provision of hospitality. For example, a Bedouin rule is that a stranger must be welcomed for at least three days and provided with...

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Day 26: Lailat Al-Qadr – Night of Power

Day 26: Lailat Al-Qadr – Night of Power

Lailat Al-Qadr (the Night of Power, Night of Destiny, or Night of Decree) is the holiest night of Ramadan. It is the night when Mohammed is thought to have begun receiving the Quran. The exact night is disputed, so Muslims hold special observances for the last ten...

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From Persecuted to Welcomed

From Persecuted to Welcomed

*Ibu Mun had been a young single woman when she visited her family shortly after becoming a Christian. Her home village is in an area that is nearly 100 percent Muslim, and the whole community was cold to her as she made her way to her uncle’s house. People from this...

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Day 25: The Turkmen of Central Asia

Day 25: The Turkmen of Central Asia

*Ibu Mun had been a young single woman when she visited her family shortly after becoming a Christian. Her home village is in an area that is nearly 100 percent Muslim, and the whole community was cold to her as she made her way to her uncle’s house. People from this...

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Day 24: Muslim Hospitality in the USA

Day 24: Muslim Hospitality in the USA

There are about 8 million Turkmen people, and about 5 million of them live in Turkmenistan in Central Asia. The capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, is filled with beautiful new marble buildings. But the Turkmen know very little about the outside world, as the country...

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Day 23: The Bedouins of the Levant

Day 23: The Bedouins of the Levant

As a pastor in the USA, I often pray for Muslims around the world. What about the Muslims in my community? There are an estimated 3.45 million Muslims living in the USA—about 1.1 percent of the total population. I discovered the mosque near my home in north-east USA...

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Day 22: Hospitality in Kohistan

Day 22: Hospitality in Kohistan

Several million Bedouins  still live in the Levant states of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories, which formed the original Arabia. The name “Bedouin” is derived from the Arabic word badija, which means “desert”. Most Bedouin no longer live...

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Day 21: The Swahili of Zanzibar

Day 21: The Swahili of Zanzibar

Kohistan means “Land of Mountains” and is an area in northern Pakistan along the Indus River and its side valleys. About 600,000 Kohistanis live there, divided into different tribal groups. They became Muslim in the 17th century and were incorporated into Pakistan in...

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Day 20: Uighur Muslims of China

Day 20: Uighur Muslims of China

The Swahili people of the Zanzibar Archipelago carry on a long-established tradition of hospitality. Everywhere you go, whether it be through the streets of Stone Town or passing through a village, you will always hear a word to welcome you—‘Karibu!’ Because of their...

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Day 19: The Somali of Somalia

Day 19: The Somali of Somalia

Our friend and student, Mahmud, invited us to his family home for the Korban festival (also known as Eid al-Adha), which remembers Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son. We began by drinking fragrant tea at a table laden with fruit, pastries, and naan bread. Our...

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