Testimony of Islamic Leader Turned Evangelist
Without any doubt, Jesus can convert the heart of even the most violent anti-Christian Muslim extremist, transforming him from a man who wanted to kill Christians into a believer whose life is devoted to spreading the Word of God.
Assist News Service recently highlighted the story of Al-Rashid, the commander of a fanatical Islamic group in the Middle East whose mission was to dominate all non-Muslim people.
When Al-Rashid learned that Muslims in his territory were converting to Christianity and spreading the Gospel, he formed a special task force to hunt down and annihilate the Christian missionaries responsible for this.
Rashid later discovered that a former Muslim, now known as Pastor Paul, was the one leading the Christian missionaries in their area. He learned that Pastor Paul and his team were distributing Bibles in many languages and setting up underground house churches, according to “sundayadelajablog”.
Rashid conceived a plan to kill Pastor Paul’s family. But all their attempts to kill the family failed. “We attacked them several times,” Rashid recalled, “but miraculously they escaped.”
Rashid attempted to poison the pastor’s family by sending two women to deliver poisoned food and chocolates. The woman delivering the food failed to do so as she was bitten by a dog.
The second woman succeeded in handing over the poisoned chocolates to the children, who ate them. Even though the pastor’s sons were unaffected, his daughter got very sick.
The pastor’s daughter had to be taken swiftly to a hospital.
Another failed plan
“I was watching with two others from an ambulance near the hospital to see his daughter’s death. Our plan was to kidnap the dead body along with his family in our ambulance,” Rashid recalled.
But something occurred that stunned Rashid. “I saw a ball of light come down from the sky and stand over the room where his daughter was lying unconscious,” he said.
A ball of light, a hole in a hand
To his utter amazement, he saw a hand come from the ball of light, touch the pastor’s daughter, who immediately regained consciousness and stood up.
Rashid then saw a hole in the middle of the hand and blood was flowing down from this hole. “I trembled with fear,” Rashid said. “I felt giddy and fell down. My friends moved me from there at once.”
The vision of the hand with a bloody hole stuck in his mind and he could not get rid of it.
One night a shadow of a human face emerged with the hand before him and asked him why he was “nailing him.” It was Jesus Christ Himself.
Rashid was rendered speechless. Suddenly, he realized that Christians were not his enemies.
He visited Pastor Paul and informed him about everything, including his plan to kill him and his family. Once again he was surprised when instead of showing anger, Pastor Paul embraced him, with tears running down his face.
Once an enemy
“I was once an enemy of Jesus Christ, but he loved me,” Pastor Paul told him. “He was crucified — gave His life for me – then He rose from the dead. Because of His love I can love you, because Christ loves you. I believe Jesus Christ Himself brought you here to share this love and to find salvation.”
Rashid surrendered his heart and soul to Jesus Christ that same day and he was born again.
Now, instead of persecuting Christians, former Islamic leader Rashid has become one of the core leaders of “Bibles for Mid-east,” a group spreading the Word of God in the area.