Testimony of Jamel, former Muslim converted to Jesus Christ.
The following is the succinct testimony of a young Muslim's conversion to Jesus Christ. It goes straight to the essentials. It is clear from his testimony that Islam's beliefs about Christ must be confronted with the Bible (especially the New Testament). We wish everyone a good read.
Since my birth, I was steeped in Muslim culture. From the age of 12, I had begun to practice Islam, the religion of my country and my family, while strongly condemning Christianity. My goal then was to resemble, or rather imitate as much as possible Mohamed, the founder of Islam. I often fasted, spent a lot of time in the Mosque, the Muslim's place of prayer, and read every day the Koran, their book "Holy". Praying to Allah five times a day as I turned towards Mecca was a daily exercise of faith and sincerity. My religious fervor grew during Ramadan. I dreamed of one day being able to make a trip to Mecca, the holy place of Islam, the supreme experience for the Muslim. My faith would have reached its peak. At the age of 18, I came to France to study Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at the University of Caen. There, I was contacted for the first time by a Christian woman who ran a Bible stand at the university restaurant. I didn't expect any more, because at last I had the opportunity to preach Islam to a Christian!
Until then, I knew nothing about the Bible, other than that it was "falsified," as I had learned as a Muslim. Islam had taught me that Christians made Jesus the Son of God, and for me this was nothing more or less than an unforgivable blasphemy. Therefore, I did not even dare to let this idea touch my mind, for that would have been my eternal condemnation. In addition, the Quran states: "Say: there is only one God, he has not fathered, and he has not been begotten, and he has no equal." (Surate 112). Thus, the filiality of Jesus and his divinity were swept away at the same time. Jesus was for me a mere man, prophet certainly, but created dust in the same way as Adam.
It must be added that everything that the Bible affirms, such as original sin, the Trinity, divine love, salvation by grace, was foreign to me. However, my religion asked me to believe that the Bible was the Word of God, without taking his teachings seriously. To explain this paradox, Islam claims that the Bible was falsified by Jews and Christians and that it is therefore impossible to access the true text. I simply believed this assertion without ever verifying it. Time passed, and I attended a few church meetings. This helped me understand the gospel of salvation. The love of God, manifested at the cross, had upset me, who knew only a sovereign, mighty God, without any indulgence for the sinner. When people told me about this love, I had tears in my eyes, but I was still sure that Islam was the right and the best way. Nevertheless, a violent struggle had been fought in myself. So I decided to study and compare the Bible and the Koran. As I read, I realized that the Bible was something other than what I represented; and above all that my image of Jesus was completely false.
From a stranger, Jesus became for me a unique man! Who, like him, comforted the poor, welcomed the rejected men, bandaged the wounds of all the oppressed? Who, like him, spoke with simplicity and beauty of God who loves the unfortunate and takes the side of the humiliated? But above all, who, like him, has revealed the Father God of all those who place their trust in him? After the research, I began to have doubts about the falsification of the Bible, but I could not yet believe in the Trinity, nor in the divine filiality of Jesus, much less in his crucifixion. Indeed, Islam simply denies that Jesus was crucified. Another thing that kept me from believing was my family. To convert and leave Islam is to deny one's family, one's homeland. The price seemed too high. It was always the side where my family, my friends, were leaning in the balance. After 2 years, I had managed to no longer bear to hear about the gospel, so it frustrated me. If I talked to friends, it always ended in arguments.
Although refusing the gospel, I loved spending time in the pastor's family. Monday, August 5th was a day like so many in their homes. Of course, I still had to hear the Gospel. I found it increasingly difficult to resist Christ's love, but this time I decided that it was too much, and that I never wanted to hear about Jesus Christ again! I insisted that I be taken home. To calm down, I took the Koran and started reading it. The words came out of my lips, but my heart remained dry, unlike usual. So I decided to sleep. It was two o'clock in the morning.
In my bed I began to pray to Allah, as I did every night, but the emptiness surrounded me as much as the silence. Despite everything I was trying, I could not find the peace of heart that I so desired at that moment. Suddenly, driven by an invisible force, I cried out, "God, whoever you are, reveal yourself to me!" It was then that the name of Jesus began to reason in my head, and then in all my being. The presence of Jesus imposed itself with incredible sharpness. "Is it you, Jesus?" I asked, when I thought of it at all. My body was shaking! "If it is you Jesus, I accept you," I added. The feeling that was invading me at that time is indescribable. I knew that Jesus is truly from another world, from the world of God. But I couldn't resign myself to that. So immediately afterwards, I started shouting, "No, no, no…" because I realized that I had said something that would change my life. But I could not escape the name of Jesus; Jesus' presence had invaded the room.
As I staggered, I went down the stairs to call the pastor. It was 2:15 in the morning, when, trembling, I composed his number mechanically. "I have to talk to the pastor!" I said to his wife. I gave no details as to why I asked them to come and see me in the middle of the night. They later told me that by the tone of my voice, they thought I was having a nervous breakdown. I was sitting at the back of the room when they arrived. When I saw the pastor, I jumped into his arms! He quickly asked me what was going on. In tears, I said, "I must accept Jesus in my life!" I was so moved that I had no strength in my legs; so I leaned against the pastor to go into his office. Once I was seated, he repeated his question to me because he did not understand my request.
I repeated to him that I wanted to accept Jesus Christ in my life. Upon hearing this, a smile lit up the pastor's face, and it took a great effort not to jump into my arms. I knew so well the plan of salvation, but now I wanted it to become a reality in my life.
The pastor asked me if I believed that Jesus is the Son of God and true God. Yes, I believe it, I answered!
Do you believe, Jamel, that Christ died on the cross for your sins, and that He rose to assure you eternal life in Him?
Yes, I do!
To all who have received him, continued the pastor, to those who believe in his name, He has given the power to become His children.
Do you think he can make you his child?
Oh yes, I think so!
We knelt in prayer, and I received Jesus Christ in my life, as my Savior and My Master. What peace flooded my heart, a peace I had never known before! I was finally addressing God as my Heavenly Father, thanks to Jesus who was crucified and resurrected for me.
I did not mention the problem of sin during this testimony. But I have to do it now so that everyone understands that this is the crux of the problem in any religion. How can a defiled, wicked, unworthy man stand before God? The feeling of evil has always tormented me. My efforts to satisfy God's demands were in vain. How could I have been forgiven for unspeakable offenses? Only Jesus Christ could make the unthinkable possible, may God open his arms to welcome me in his grace and love!
As a result of this testimony, we recall that we do not convert to Christianity but to Jesus Christ. It is Jesus the Messiah who forgives and delivers from sin, it is He who justifies and glorifies, it is He who gives the Holy Spirit and the childhood of God to all who ask him, it is still Jesus Christ who is the faithful shepherd of all who come to Him. It is belonging to Jesus Christ that makes man a Christian, not adherence to a Christian church. In other words, rest assured of establishing a relationship of trust with the risen Christ who sat to the right hand of the Father in the Most High Places; it is He who gives you eternal life in God's Paradise. This relationship is taught to you in the Gospels and epistles of the New Testament. God bless you abundantly!