A Muslim’s First-Hand Education in Islam
A staunch Muslim in Iraq who hated Christians had a very personal reason for wanting to learn more about Islam.
Mahmod Mohammed* was living in a small house in the middle of his ranch in northern Iraq when Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists invaded Mosul and other areas in June 2014. The married father of seven children already felt Christians should be killed because they were “infidels,” and he was a sympathizer who was happy to see the arrival of ISIS.
Three months later, ISIS militants seized his home and turned it into a weapons storage site. When he tried to resist, they beat him and took his wife. He never saw her again.
“From there, I started a journey to learning more about Islam, because everything they did was based on religious references from the Koran and Hadith [sayings and deeds of Muhammad],” he said.
“I ran away to save my children, and when I reached my tent in the desert, my arm and chest bones were broken because of the torture.”
The more he studied Islam, the less Islamic Mahmod became. The ISIS militants treated him all the more harshly, torturing him for his disobedience.
“I ran away to save my children, and when I reached my tent in the desert, my arm and chest bones were broken because of the torture,” he said.
At the unofficial camp for displaced people, native missionaries set out to help him and his children in every way possible.
“I remember the first person who treated my wounds was a Christian who carried a Bible and prayed for my healing!” he said. “I did not understand him at first, but I saw Christ in him. As he gave me a Bible, I remember telling him that it would take a miracle for me to accept what he was talking about.”
Discussing and studying the Bible with the native missionary over the next three months led to yet another miracle in the deserts of Iraq.
“I accepted Jesus Christ as the Lord of my life,” he said. “It’s a miracle! I love everyone now!”
Iraq is one of the countries in the Middle East where the most Muslims are turning to Christ, the director of the native ministry said. Mosul remains largely desolate from destroyed homes and services, and most families have remained in camps rather than return, he said.
“Every month I see dozens of families coming to the Lord,” he said. “They surrender their lives to Christ, and then we see the Lord perform the miracle of changing them, healing them and liberating them from the chains of evil. Dozens of them join the church, send their children to the Bible school and engage in home prayer groups with great passion and persistence.”
While Iraq and Syria are the countries in the Middle East where most Muslims are placing their faith in Jesus as Lord, native missionaries also are seeing large numbers throughout the region turn to Christ, especially among refugees and displaced people. Please consider a gift today to help the gospel reach people throughout the region in desperate spiritual need.
*Name changed for security reasons