Today we celebrate both Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and the start of Ramadan. It is highly unusual for both of these holidays to fall on the same day, and gives us a unique opportunity to pray for unification of the Abrahamic faiths.
Psalm 130: 3-4 If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,
LORD, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness,
that you may be revered.
Ramadan is likewise the holiest time of year for Muslims. "Muslim" means "servant of God"- no special induction ceremony is necessary, so anyone can join the ummah- body of Islamic believers- and observe the Ramadan fast. This lasts for a month, and consists of fasting during daylight hours.
According to the Wikipedia, Eating, smoking, drinking and intercourse during the day are prohibited. During Ramadan, Muslims are also expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam by refraining from violence, anger, envy, greed, lust, backbiting, and are meant to try and get along with each other better than normal. All obscene and irreligious sights and sounds are to be avoided. Purity of both thought and action is important. The fast is an exacting act of deeply personal worship in which Muslims seek a raised level of closeness to God. The act of fasting redirects the hearts away from worldly activities.
There is no special Christian holiday at this time, but surely the Prince of Peace would encourage all peacemakers to use this conjunction of holy days to draw closer to God, and to rededicate ourselves to establishing His peaceful kingdom here on earth.
In His name, Carol Wolman