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Muslim Believers

April 28, 2019

Suleymaniye Mosque, Turkey, Source http://www.flickr.com, Author Jorge Lascar (CCC BY-SA 2.0 Generic)

Christians  in America take for granted the freedom they have to practice their religion.  Elsewhere, however, those who leave Islam for Christianity often do so at the risk of their lives [1].

“Growing up in…Bangladesh, Fedu’s life was permeated by Islam.  His father was an imam…Fedu studied in an Islamic school, and…[himself] became a Muslim scholar and imam…[Then a Christian friend] gave Fedu a Bible…to read…Fedu at first dismissed the gift…but eventually he started reading…[and] comparing its teachings with those of the Quran.  The more he studied the two books, the more he began to doubt Islam…After becoming a follower of Christ, Fedu continued teaching at his mosque…When it came to God’s prophets, he taught that Jesus was above all and that He alone is holy.  Members of the mosque became increasingly aware of his Christian views, and one day…someone found Christian literature at his home…‘When they noticed I love Jesus and not Muhammad, they said my job is done,’ Fedu recalled…A group of angry Muslims destroyed Fedu’s pharmacy…Two of his brothers beat him for leaving Islam…[But] ‘I am going out and sharing my faith,’ he said.”

-“Friendship and a New Book”, Voice of the Martyrs Magazine, January 2019

“At age 17, after his father had been killed by the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab, Adam joined the nearly 2 million…Somalis who have fled the violence in their homeland…[and] moved to Uganda…He sought out Somali Christians online and …watched the JESUS film…[However, when his family] heard about his interest in Christianity, he was enrolled in a special boarding school for Muslims who were wavering in their faith…[Instead, Adam] got a job and saved enough to afford tuition at a Christian high school…After graduating…Adam moved on with his life with no real religious convictions…[Years later, Adam was reunited with a Christian friend from high school who gave him a Bible which rekindled his interest in Christianity.]  Unafraid [now] to show his Christian faith, Adam stopped going to mosque…He was denounced from the mosque pulpit, and Somali leaders offered a reward to anyone who would kill him…[When Adam confirmed for his wife that he was a Christian, she] told him their marriage was over.  ‘I am no longer your wife,’ she said, ‘and you will never speak to your son again.’  [But Adam persisted in his faith.  He now trains] young people for work in the mission fields…‘Pray that one day we shall unite again – but as Christians,’ he said [of his wife and son].”

-“Jesus Follower in Somali Clothing”, Voice of the Martyrs Magazine, January 2019

“Although Andrew had been raised as a Christian in his Tanzanian village, he was not well grounded in the faith.  So he didn’t need to think long…before deciding to follow Islam…[Andrew] was also attracted by the radical words of…[a] charismatic sheikh.  ‘He told us how he killed people,’ Andrew said, ‘and if we are going to stand up for Islam we need to be ready to give our lives and kill the enemy.’…Young and impressionable men like Andrew are easy targets for recruitment….’If you do this, you will go to heaven,’…[the sheikh] promised.  ‘If you die for this cause, [Allah] will richly bless you.’…Andrew’s mother became concerned …about the changes [in his behavior].  Angered by his parents’ interference, Andrew set their house on fire…The sheikh…coldly told him that he should kill his parents.  ‘They are infidels and have absolutely nothing they can help you with in your life…’[B]ut he couldn’t bring himself to do it…After being pressured a second time to murder his parents, Andrew began to have second thoughts about the instruction he had been receiving at the mosque…Andrew said he was filled with grace, especially toward his parents.  ‘I really felt sorry for what I had done and wanted to come back to faith in Jesus Christ,’ he said.  ‘At that point, I repented.’… ‘Looking back, it was such a move of the Holy Spirit…It is a complete miracle.  How do I explain being in one mindset and then all of a sudden something intervened?  I can’t count it less than a miracle.  I have never felt so much peace.’ ”

-“A Miraculous Intervention”, Voice of the Martyrs Magazine, January 2019


[1] Wikipedia, “Apostacy in Islam”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostasy_in_Islam.

Our hearts go out to the victims of yesterday’s attack on a California synagogue, as well as the victims of terrorist bombings in Sri Lanka earlier in the week.

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10 Comments
  1. Freedom of religion and freedom of speech in the US is fragile. My post – https://i-m-4-u.com/2015/12/06/jesus-loves-muslims-free-speech-and-freedom-of-religion/ – was censored by Google + and I received a notice that started by saying “Oops” and proceeded to outline acceptable thoughts. And when I posted the link to it on Facebook I received a notice about acceptable thoughts. Remember the 1970s when the same group pushed for freedom of speech rights for pornography? They want freedom of speech for what they agree with and censorship for thoughts they don’t agree with. George Orwell’s Animal Farm prophecy is emerging: All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

  2. I often take my freedom to follow Christ for granted. It is good for me to be reminded that many do not have this freedom. I wonder if I would have had the courage to become a Christian if I had been born into a Muslim society.

    • I wonder the same thing, myself, Clyde. But we will face challenges of our own. “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim. 3:12).

      We can rely on the Holy Spirit to bring us through. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:10).

      Ultimately, God will vindicate all His martyrs. “…’Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! 2 For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her‘ ” (Rev. 19: 1-2).

  3. We are blessed to live in a country where we can choose who we serve..
    The sad story of Nabeel Qureshi who became a Christian, he tells of how his family cast him out, and feared for his life after leaving Islam. He passed away at 34 from cancer but always gave great testimony of how nothing compares to the love of Jesus.. even if you lose everything..

  4. Great post. Freedom of Religion is a value of the West. To my knowledge, there is no Muslim majority nation that allows freedom of religion.

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