Islamic literature

Update about Islamic literatureWhen I first saw this posted last night, I have to admit that I wanted to cry because it left me very discouraged. He seems like he’s clinging to Islam far tighter than he ever did before the marathon. I mean, he’s accused of committing these terrible acts because of Islam, but he drank alcohol, smoked pot, and partied, and his mother and brother got on him a lot for not praying as much as Muslims should. But now he’s doing his prayers, fasting during Ramadan, reading the Qur’an, saying things such as “Everything will be okay. Allah is with me,” and requesting Islamic literature.

Simply put, Jahar seems to be moving in the opposite direction from where we want him to be. He’s moving further toward Islam rather than closer to Christ.

After talking to two other Christians who love Jahar, however, I realized that in the long term, there is actually encouragement to be found in this update.

Jahar is searching for something to cling to, for a solid rock to stand upon in the midst of the storms of pain, loneliness, sorrow, suffering, etc. that are descending upon his life.

Right now, understandably, he’s running toward Islam because that’s all he’s ever known. But what about when he pursues Allah and hopefully finds that there’s something missing and feels like he hasn’t found whatever it is that his heart is really searching for? In that moment when he begins to search for something else, his seeking heart that seems to be a disadvantage right now becomes an advantage that works heavily in Jahar’s favor.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, pray that Jahar’s delve further into Islam will only leave him empty and longing for something more—something we know can only be found in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2)

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  2. Ada says:

    In one sense, being unsaved is a lot like worshipping allah. Think about it: before we, as Christians, received Christ, we believed our way to be best…professing ourselves to be wise, we became fools! Is it just me or did any of you feel emptiness before you were saved?
    Jahar, as we understand it (what I’m saying is it’d be great if he had just now been saved, but we’ve not heard of such yet), will receive ultimate emptiness from the muslim religion. I truly believe this! (Call me whatever you want, but I KNOW this!). Sure, he might get a momentary satisfaction (like we did, before we were saved, when we sinned). It will not last and it is not truly satisfying because it IS FLEETING! Christ is the only Water! Christ is the only Atonement! He is the Alpha, Omega, the First and the Last!
    And for that I am eternally grateful!
    Anyhow, Jahar clinging to Islam can be a good sign. The darker his path seems, the quicker his salvation is nearer. That’s how it was with me- right when I was about to hit the ground after falling off the cliff, I was Rescued.
    Perhaps this is how it was with Jahar?
    Anyhow, I am still praying for him and I a still convinced that he will be saved.

    In Christ,
    Ada

    • Bri says:

      Jahar’s Islamic faith reminds me a lot of my life before I truly became a Christian, not so much because of feeling emptiness but rather because I was all into works-based righteousness. Islam is very similar to false Christianity in that in both, people try to earn their salvation through religious rituals and being good instead of relying on what’s already been done for them in Christ.

      I’ve got to say it’s funny and almost a bit eerie some of the things you mention because they’re things I pray for almost every day for Jahar:
      1) That Islam would leave him feeling empty and get him thirsty for true satisfaction
      2) That God would bring Jahar to rock bottom, if that’s what it takes to rescue him.

      • Ada says:

        “Rock bottom.” That reminds me of what a Sunday School teacher told my class. “Reprobate” is a term used in the Bible (Romans, I believe. If you need it, I’ll look for it) that describes somebody where God has literally removed His Hand from you. It’s when His Influence and Control that keeps you from getting worse and worse (like going from “I like” to “I don’t like” to “I hate” to “I’ll kill”). The teacher used an analogy to him driving. If he knew that a police car was right around the corner, he would not speed to be able to catch that night’s football game, would he? When he believes that he won’t be caught, etc., he’ll speed and probably do other stupid things. In other words, being reprobate is being unrestrained from sin.
        I don’t know what Jahar has done, so I’m not going to say whether or not I believe he is reprobate.

        Anyhow, God can always bring Jahar Home, and I’m sure He will. I can’t remember why I felt the need to explain reprobate, except that it’s bleak message seemed to carry hope. Again, I refer to the Scriptures. Doesn’t the Bible ask why a righteous man would need to be Saved? Yet perhaps for a good man (in other words, not free from sin) would One die.
        Also, remember, if there is darkness, there is also Light.
        I hope that this is encouraging to us all!

        In Christ,
        Ada

      • Bri says:

        “The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling at His disciples, saying, ‘Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?’ And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.‘”
        -Mark 2:16-17

        And since you referenced Romans 5:7, I have to break out the following verse because it’s become one of my favorites in all of Scripture since I started praying for Jahar:
        “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

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