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10 May 2017

Honouring the Dead

Women prepare for feast in South East Asia

Saflina has been troubled by nightmares about a dead man, the former owner of her home. She decides to scrape together the means to hold a feast on his behalf near the 100th day after his death. Her immediate neighbours have agreed to help prepare the traditional meal. Central to the feast is the feeding of several orphans which brings valuable spiritual favour. Saflina hopes this might erase any wrongdoing on her part which is causing the troubling dreams. Food will also be shared with all the families in her village. The event was costly but an appropriate way to honour the dead.

For a fundamental Muslim this feast is an expression of generosity that earns Allah’s favour. Muslim prayers and Qur’an readings accompany the meal. A feast can also be held to seek Allah’s favour for long journeys, a new home, the birth of a child, a child’s first recitation of the Qur’an, planting and harvesting, and before going out to sea. For those who fear the spirit realm, the ceremony offers distinct power to manipulate and ward of evil fortune.

Will you pray for Muslims?

  • Praise God for the attention given to the poor and orphans by communities like Saflina’s.
  • Fear of the spirit world binds many to these kinds of rituals. Pray that they would have the opportunity to learn about the love of Jesus.