By Wendell Evans
Kabyle Berber village
Edited by Mark Ellis
Mohand grew up in an Algerian mountain village among the Kabyle Berber tribe. His family were devout Muslims. After his father passed away when Mohand was young, his mother responded with a dose of Muslim fatalism, saying, “It is the will of Allah; He has done it. We can only accept it.”
In Mohand’s preadolescent mind, this meant Allah killed his father, so he grew up hating God. Whenever the name of Allah was mentioned, it evoked the death of his father. Like so many others of the Berber tribes, he also grew up hating Arabs, because they conquered his country and imposed their rule many centuries earlier.
By Nabeel Qureshi
Born as a U.S. Citizen in California, I was raised by devout Muslim parents. My mother and father are immigrants from Pakistan and among the most dedicated Muslims I have ever known. My father was an officer in the U.S. Navy, and because of his career I have lived up and down the Atlantic Coast in the United States, as well as in the U.K.
My mother taught me Urdu and Arabic before I learned English at the age of four. By age five I had read the entire Qur’an in Arabic and had already memorized many chapters. From that time on, my life as a Muslim was used as a model for all the children in the local Islamic communities.
Reza Safa was born into a Shi’ite Muslim family in the Middle East. The son of an Islamic poet, he was raised a devout and practicing Shi’ite
observing the laws and regulations of Islam. He fasted during the month of Ramadan and prayed five times a day.
After his graduation from high school, Safa moved to the United States to attend college in New Orleans. While there, however, the revolution of the Ayatollah Khomeini took place in Iran. As a devout Muslim, Safa decided to return to Iran to support the revolution. But what he found was not the change he had expected. Politics had become the issue of daily life and everyone seemed disgusted with everyone else. Hatred and bloodshed were the norm. His hopes of a dreamland had turned into a nightmare.
By Bill Giarratana
SD chip with teaching materials
Nestled in the beautiful countryside of Spain is an Arab training camp. Not the kind of camp you have recently heard of coming out of the Arab world, but a training camp that empowers Arab Christian nationals, equipping them with the mighty Word of God.
“It is more like a school than a camp,” explained ‘Stephen,’ the Director of Training. “Over 100 students come here annually from all over the Arab world for intensive training in Church planting and evangelism.”
For the past two years, the Digital Bible Society has been providing this facility with audio Bibles, as well as hundreds of hours of gospel films and videos — all in the Arabic language of the students and loaded as data files onto an SD Microchip. This SD Microchip, which is about the size of your thumb nail, is the ideal ministry tool for these students to bring God’s Word back to their respected countries where the Bible is often outlawed and church planting and evangelism are forbidden.
In 1975, Leo Rosten published his Religions of America, an exhaustive compilation of statistical information on every major and
minor group of believers in the country. In retrospect, it may seem surprising that the book contained no discussion of Islam. But this was not an oversight; for at the time Muslims in America were a statistically insignificant minority, numbering fewer than one thousand individuals.
By contrast, Islam is today the second-largest and fastest growing religion in America, with more than six million adherents.
By Mark Ellis
A sophisticated media campaign was launched last summer to reverse the trend of Muslim conversions to Christianity in Indonesia.
Mercy Mission, a charity registered in London, launched their fundraising and social media campaign called “Save Maryam” in July with Arabic and English videos posted on YouTube and Facebook. They reported the video helped them raise $ 2.0 million in the first 48 hours and within a week they had over a million hits on their campaign website.
By Mark Ellis
Karen Dunham with Muslim convert
Karen Dunham came to Christ after she barely escaped a brush with organized crime figures determined to kill her. But God used that fiery ordeal to prepare her for another – ministry to Muslims in the Palestinian refugee camps of Jericho and Gaza.
After her dramatic conversion chronicled in a previous story, family members thought she lost her marbles. “My parents wanted to put me in a mental institution because they thought I went crazy,” she recalls. “They didn’t flip out when I worked for the devil — they never said a word.”
By Mark Ellis
Dr. Saddiki in hospital
He had the worst case of shingles in the history of Toronto General Hospital and doctors prepared him for the worst. Raised a devout Muslim, he was stunned when Jesus appeared in his hospital room and brought the kind of healing only Jesus can bring.
“My skin was burning as if someone had doused it with gasoline and then threw a match on it,” says Dr. Nasir Saddiki, the founder of Wisdom Ministries. “I felt like I was on fire from my inside.”
By Mark Ellis and Abd ul-Masih
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Most Muslims consider the idea of the Trinity to be grossly idolatrous, but there is a way to handle their objections.
First of all, make sure they understand the Trinity doesn’t consist of God, Mary, and Jesus. It may sound inane, but it’s a misconception that’s more widespread than you might believe.
By Mark Ellis
She hungered for a personal relationship with God, but her attempts to follow all the rituals and practices of Islam left her empty. During college studying in France, she found a loving God who satisfied her deepest yearnings.
“As a child and as a teenager I truly believed Islam was from God,” says Wafa, who grew up in a secular Muslim family in Morocco. “I truly believed Muhammad was a prophet from God and that he was the best prophet,” she notes. “I had high esteem for Islam and for Muslims.”