Testimony of - Akbar from India
My name is Akbar, son of Mohammed Khaja Mohinuddin and Navanbee. Here is my testimony sharing, being a Muslim how I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
Before I could share my testimony, I would like to quote a scripture verse from the Epistle written by Apostle Paul to Romans chapter10:20th verse where the Lord says "I was found by those who did not seek Me, I became manifest to those who did not ask for Me",(NASB) Apostle Paul quoted this scripture from the book of Isaiah chapter 65:1.The reason why I quoted this verse is, to testify that God who is very gracious and Loving dealt according this scripture in my life and in the lives of my whole family members. His Word has been proved to be true and it has been fulfilled in our lives. Though we did not seek Him, though we did not ask for Him, He found us and manifested Himself to us. Oh I wish that each and every breath of mine be praise to Him and a Sweet song for my Lord Jesus Christ.
Here is my Testimony I am the sixth child born to my parents following three daughters and two sons in a Muslim family belong to the one of the main district's of Andhra Pradesh state, in India.
My father was a train driver and my mother is a house maker. My father was an active member in the Mosque and my mother was a teacher of Koran and was very passionate towards Islam and serious about following its traditions, rituals, beliefs and teachings and my parents had brought us up in the same fear and faith of Islam.
It all started with my eldest brother, his name is Musthafa who has born after my three elder sisters. Let me tell you how it happened, one day as he was walking on the road, suddenly he heard a voice calling him by his name " Mustafa, Mustafa I am the Lord your God", he looked all around to find who is calling him but he could not find any one except himself in that place. It was a strange experience to him which never happened in his life. Again when the voice came the second time he recognized that it is coming from the sky. Though he came to know the voice is coming from the sky he doesn't know whose voice it is before he could think about anything else immediately he was surrounded by some power which was like an electric power and led him to a small Christian tent meeting where a preacher was preaching about Jesus Christ. The power which was all around him said, to my brother "The one who spoke to you on the way about the same one this man is preaching". There as that preacher was preaching about Jesus Christ my brother understood that the one who spoke to him was Jesus Christ. There he accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior with a strong conviction as the Holy Spirit of the Lord dealt with him in his Heart.
When my mother, father and all of my family members came to know about my brother's new faith in Jesus Christ they were very upset. We were being Muslims do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, according to the Quran he is just one of the prophet among many other prophets. Allah does not have sons or daughters and we do not believe in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ because we believe that before the crucifixion of Jesus Christ Allah took him up into the Heaven. But Christians thought that Jesus was crucified on the cross and even Jews thought that they have crucified Jesus Christ, were as they crucified some one else whose face was changed by Allah into the likeness of the face of Jesus Christ. We were also believing that Bible is been changed by Christians and Jesus Christ came only for the Jews and He promised about Mohammed in the Bible who came as a messenger of Allah for the entire World and we have to follow only Mohammed now.
My parents were very unhappy and they were very angry with him. As the days were going on with arguments and discussions between Koran and Bible one day my mother's cousin sister came to visit us. She was suffering with the disease of Hemorrhage since many days and became very weak because of continuous blood flow and expecting my mother to take her to a good Doctor. my brother said "I will pray for her", we all accepted and we were watching as he laid his hands on her and began to pray she fell down and a screaming voice came out of her saying "I will not leave her, I will not leave her", by this we came to know that she was possessed by an evil spirit, when my brother said, In the Name of Jesus Christ leave her that evil spirit was shivering and left her saying "because of you I am leaving her or else I would have killed her", after some time she got up and asked us what had happened to her and why she was on the floor? I asked her do you know what all you spoke she said that she doesn't know anything about what had happened to her and what all she spoke, all that she know was she is healed and she could feel that healing and comfort and strength in her body, and there was no pain no flow of blood she was full of joy and a great glow of happiness on her face.
As this whole thing happened in front of my eyes I started reasoning, why evil spirit left in the Name of Jesus Christ? Why not in any other prophet's name? Why the evil spirit obeyed the command which is given in the name of Jesus Christ? What is there in the name of Jesus Christ that even evil spirit had obeyed to that name? Why not the name of Mohammed? What power does the name of Jesus contains? My mind was filled with all these kind of thoughts and reasoning's.
I decided to read the Bible to know about Jesus Christ who is claimed to be the Son of God by Christians. With an open heart in search of truth I started reading the Bible. As I was reading I came across the scripture Gospel according to Mark chapter 16:16-18 where in the 17th verse Jesus Christ said "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My Name shall they cast out devils (KJV)". This scripture verse has almost knocked me down and shook my spirit. When I read this verse which is spoken by Jesus Christ approximately 2000 years ago I was amazed to see that the word of Jesus Christ is true and still alive and that word is working and it had manifested in front of my eyes and it's containing life even now still having life in those words. According to this scripture when my brother commanded the evil spirit in the Name of Jesus Christ, evil spirit left. I could not deny the fact that the Word of Jesus Christ is true and has manifested in front of my eyes.
This incident had brought faith in me in the Word's of Jesus Christ. If this word of Jesus Christ has proved it self to be true then all the words of Jesus Christ in the Bible whatever He said about Himself who He is must be true". As I continued to read the Bible, each and every doubt and misconception about Jesus Christ, and His Word was answered. I have got all the answers, for all the allegations made by Muslims on Jesus Christ and on the Christian Doctrine. When I read the Word of God in the Bible it has corrected me and made me understand of all the wrong teachings against the Christian Theology, which I was taught by Muslim Theologians.
By the Word's of Jesus Christ, for the first time in my whole life I was introduced to the God, as a loving father to whom I could go closer and speak to Him personally and fellowship with Him. For the first time the emptiness in my spirit was filled with God's love. I understand the Love of God and the purpose and plan of God which manifested through Jesus Christ by sending Him into the world to die on the cross to take away the sins of the world and the Judgment of the world as we see in the word's of Jesus Christ in Gospel according to Apostle John Chapter 3:16-17 verses says "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved", (KJV).
I understood that salvation is a free gift to all the human kind through Jesus Christ from God and man cannot achieve it by his good works and God the Father had imputed the Power in the Name of Jesus Christ for his Glory, when I read the Epistle written by Apostle Paul to the Philippians Chapter 1:8-11 verses "And being found in fashion (appearance) as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things in earth, and things under the earth: and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of the Father"(KJV).
On December 24th of 1998 I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and took baptism. Since then the call of God and the strong passionate urge in me to preach His Gospel and His Word of truth to the dying world was very strong like a burning fire in my heart. I left the Job from a Multinational company and I dedicated my life to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Word of Truth all over the world till my last breath.
As the days were going on, this news of our conversion is being spread all over the town and it was very embarrassing to my parents that, being an example to our whole Muslim community in our town, and among all of our relatives my father and mother felt very ashamed because they felt that it's a shameful act on our family's name that me and my brother following Christianity and preaching the Gospel.
After few days slowly one after the other of my family members accepted the Gospel and came to Jesus Christ miraculously as the Lord opened their hearts as He opened the heart of Lydia (Acts 16:14).
We have been excommunicated by Muslims from our religion and from our relatives and all who were near and dear had forsaken us. Being reproached for the Name of Christ we esteemed ourselves to be blessed because He made us worthy to suffer shame for His name. Many times being threatened to be killed we never looked back. What ever we have suffered and still suffering it is nothing before Our Lords love and Crucifixion.
In our same town we have started the Church Ministry, by the call of God and went on preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ through out the villages which are all around the town and district. I have worked with Campus Crusade for Christ. I took Jesus film projector and went on doing Evangelism all around the villages and even into deep forests where tribal people lived and showed the Jesus film and preached the Gospel. Many came to Jesus Christ and accepted Him as Lord and Savior. Church was increasing day by day many people were joining the Church the ministry expanded all around. Right now the congregation of the Church is more than 500-600 people and many cell groups and branch churches in different places which my eldest brother Mustafa is looking after now.
Today all of my family members are saved and baptized and
they are actively participating in the Ministry. I have done M.Div (Mater
of divinity in theological studies) and now I am doing M.Th (Apologetics).
Recently few months back the Lord led me to another place, to start the ministry, especially among the Muslims. I shifted in June 2005 to start the ministry in my new Mission field along with my wife Susan whom I married recently.
By this I can once again say that the Word of God according to Romans 10:20 "I was found by those who did not seek Me, I became manifest to those who did not ask for Me." has been fulfilled in my life and in the lives of my family members.
Let all the glory and honor be unto God Almighty who
is rich in his Mercy and Grace. Amen
Yours in Christ's Service,
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