Day 21: Muslims’ Faith Journey
Series: 30 Days of Prayer for Muslims and Christians – 2016 Ramadan
Presented in American Sign Language, no voice interpretation.
Muslims’ journey to being a follower of Christ is not straightforward or easy one. One researcher have heard stories from a thousand Muslim-background believers that there are certain markers (three are named here) along the way that regularly point Muslim seekers from all over the world in this direction.
Marker #1: The Qur’an
As Christians do with the Bible, Muslims have clung to the Qur’an as the core of their faith. They have memorized and treasured it, even though they often do not understand it. But this is changing. Before his death in 2005, King Fahd of Saudi Arabia sponsored the translation of the Qur’an into languages all over the world. Thinking it would advance Islam, Fahd doesn’t realize that it’s had the opposite effect.
As more Muslims began reading and memorizing the Qur’an in their own languages, they understood among many things that it had no plan of salvation, no assurance that if they were a good Muslim they would go to heaven. This is the beginning of Muslims’ search for salvation, which often ends up with their reading of the New Testament and surrendering his life to faith in Jesus Christ.
Marker #2: The stories of Muhammad
Muslims revere the Prophet Muhammad, but those who diligently study the Qur’an and the Hadiths (stories taken from the life of Muhammad), report contradictions with the common legend of a gracious and generous leader. They are disturbed by a prophet of God who would alter the divine revelation when it suited him, amass wealth at the expense of conquered foes, and spread his religion at the point of a sword. Such discomfort can be the first step on a journey to another way of believing.
Marker #3: Islam’s Violent History
The idea that Islam is a religion of peace is shattered by Muslims who live with the reality of war and violence every day. When we see outbreaks of Islamic violence reported, remember that most of the victims are Muslims, and many of these Muslims are rejecting that violence to follow the Prince of Peace.
– Pray for Muslims who are questioning their faith, that they will meet others who have walked that journey and found it led them to Christ.
– Pray for scholars and teachers to study Islam with honest, seeking hearts and courage to question.
– Pray for those Muslims who decide to follow Jesus, that they will find fellowship and peace within their new faith.