An ex- Muslim cleric who met Jesus in a dream and converted to Christianity reveals his journey from being anti-Christ to a Christian.
In an interview with the World Watch Monitor he described how he met Lord Jesus in a dream which was followed by hardships including his family abandoning him and family and brutally beaten.
He told WWM that he was trained to be an extremist Muslim cleric. As a young devout cleric he was taught to hate Christianity. He revealed his training fellows “went to the nearby town and met believers. We beat them and then attacked the church.”
“Our teachers would tell us every time there was a new church in town and we were told to go and attack the people and destroy the church. So that’s what we did,” he continued.
Most of my training fellows burnt Bibles, but he says,” Something stopped me from joining in.” He says he hid a Bible for many years, not knowing why, though he says “he now understands it was God holding my hand”.
After further training in another country, he recalls he returned to his hometown and became a well-known cleric. He told, he always disallowed against preaching of Christianity. Turn of events in due course got him involved in an interfaith tree-planting project. It was this time that he had a dream about Jesus.
“There was an incident in 2002 where I had a vision from the Lord early in the morning around 3 am. In the vision I saw Jesus very clearly telling me to follow him,” he said.
“I asked the person who was calling me to follow him, ‘Who are you?’ He said, ‘I am Jesus Christ’.”
After he went back to sleep, he saw Jesus again in a dream. “Jesus appeared saying ‘It’s Me, follow Me. When you follow me you will pay a price, there will be persecution in your life, but in the end you will be victorious. I am with you,'” he recalled.
As a result of these dreams he embraced Christ and began attending church services, although his family opposed him and were too afraid of social reaction towards his conversion.
He reveals, he who was once held in high esteem was now considered “as good as dead” by the Muslim community. “People destroyed my house, set it on fire, and stole my cattle,” he says.
Later on, the devout follower of Lord Jesus Christ planted a church in the compound where he lived, which sparked indignation among locals that he was beaten and barely escaped death.
Despite such hardships he says he has learnt to forgive those who persecuted him for Christ’s sake. “The Bible became my weapon. I travelled many places to preach and teach about the Christian faith,” he explained.
“The voice of Jesus himself spoke to me in my dreams about persecution, so I knew it was going to come and was ready. For those who destroyed my household, I was initially involved in prosecuting them at court but later I said ‘no’ and chose to forgive them, and leave it in the hands of the Lord, so the people were released.”