Ramadan 2008 / 1429: September 01 - September 30
Tunisia's Kairouan, the oldest Islamic city in Northwest African
For Friday, 12 September, Ramadan 2008. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"
The city of Kairouan has existed for about 1,300 years. Founded as part of the expansion of the Islamic Empire, it boasts the oldest mosque in North Africa, with the oldest standing minaret in the world - a tribute to the city's original purpose: to be a base for the spread of Islam across the region.For many North Africans, Kairouan is considered the fourth holiest city of Islam. Its school trains religious leaders (Imams) for all of Tunisia.
The city is known for the quiet conservatism, women stay in their homes more than in other parts of the country. Kairouan lacks the bustle of many Tunisian cities, with little industry to boost the economy. Young people long to leave for the West in search of employment.[Full Text]
- Some believers in Kairouan are convinced that God has asked them to raise a banner of praise over this city, just as he called the worshippers to lead the march around Jericho.
- By His grace, they claim the promises of Isaiah 62 for their city. Pray through this text with Kairouan in mind.
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