In the course of the Hajj, Muslims spend a number of days circling the black dice referred to as the Kabaa and performing different rituals. They earnestly search Allah’s favor and want to develop nearer to God.
One thing else Muslims search on the Hajj — desires and visions.
In Western tradition, desires and visions should not as revered as they’re within the East. Particularly in Muslim contexts, desires and visions are extremely sought.
Perry LaHaie with Frontiers USA explains, “Muhammad is said to have had visions when he received the Quran. So, in the tradition of their prophet, they want to have a dream. They want to have a vision. They want to hear from God.”
Nonetheless, some Muslims like Yusef find yourself having a really totally different dream from what they thought — and fully modifications their life.
In LaHaie’s phrases, “All his life, Yusef, a Muslim in Asia needed to see the Prophet Muhammad in a dream. This was his longing. One night time he had that dream however he was very troubled by it.
“In his dream, Muhammad was kneeling earlier than Jesus, and Jesus was on a throne.
LaHaie says, “[Yusef] was really troubled and perplexed by this. Why would Muhammad, the greatest prophet, be kneeling before the Prophet Jesus?”
Usually, when Muslims ask their Imams about these desires of Jesus, their Imams dismiss the desires as satanic. “But Yusef just was convinced that it wasn’t a satanic dream.”
Yusef had the identical dream the next night time. “Jesus is on the throne. Muhammad is kneeling before him. But in this dream, Jesus takes a hold of [Yusef], lifts him up into the air, and they rise up over Yusef’s neighborhood…. Jesus takes him several blocks away and they hover over this building and it’s a church. Inside the church, they can hear believers praying for Muslims — praying that Muslims will come to know Jesus.”
In his dream, Jesus then advised Yusef to go to the church and discuss to the pastor. Yusef seen the church within the dream was near his home, however he didn’t even know a church was there. When he went, certain sufficient, there was the church from his dream!
LaHaie says, “He met the pastor there. He told the pastor about the dreams he’d had and the pastor was able to share the Good News with him. Yusef decided to follow Jesus!”
Yusef fell in love with Jesus — and it began with a dream. “Yusef describes being with Jesus like having liquid love pouring all over him and all through him.”
Christians within the Muslim world and on the mission area hear many wonderful tales like Yusef’s. God is displaying how a lot He loves Muslims by miraculously revealing Himself to them by His Son, Jesus.
LaHaie says the Hajj is a well timed interval to ask the Holy Spirit to maneuver within the Muslim world. As Muslims search non secular reality on the Hajj, pray for Jesus to fulfill Muslims the place they’re in desires and visions.
Secondly, it could appear outrageous, however there are believers from a Muslim background who’re in Mecca — the center of Islam — covertly reaching fellow Muslims with the Gospel through the Hajj.
“They are doing God’s work, even as we speak. So pray that these Muslim-background believers will win Muslims to Jesus right there in Mecca!”
Chances are you’ll even know some Muslims in your individual neighborhood and circles. Think about using the Hajj as a dialog starter!
“A great way to just move into a conversation would be to say, ‘Hey, I understand that the Hajj is going on right now. Tell me about that! What does that mean with your faith? How does that play into your worship?’ Find out as much as you can about it. Be interested and curious and show that you respect the fact that they want to seek God,” LaHaie suggests.
“Then use that as a bridge…. Tell your story of what Jesus Christ has done for you. I think, rather than get into a debate, be curious about their faith, be genuinely interested in their faith and in them as a person, and then just be open about being a follower [of Jesus] and share your story.”
You’ll be able to be part of what God is doing within the Muslim world at frontiersusa.org!
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