Muslims Tell … “The Power of the Word”
While Christ is the clear center piece of the new-found faith of all Muslim converts, in some respects the person of Jesus can be recognized as the particular cause and most persuasive attraction. Simply put, Christ’s character is frequently seen by the Muslim as overwhelmingly attractive.
A Pakistani immigrant to the United States was particularly attracted by Christ’s refusal to retaliate when maltreated. This man notes that “he bore it, he never retaliated.”
Even though almost all Muslims believe that Christ was not crucified, the Qur’an certainly accepts His opponents’ intention to kill Him and His willingness to die thus.
So the report of a Persian who says he was attracted to Christ before he was attracted to Christianity is not an anomaly for Muslims. Christ is revered in Islam. There are a number of passages whose meaning is disputed, but Christ is, at minimum, seen as a prophet.
A West African man was drawn by the humility of Christ and the revelation that Christ was not tainted by sin. Though it often goes unmentioned, Christ is portrayed in the Qur’an as being without fault. Muhammad, in contrast, is told to ask forgiveness for his sins. When asked what particular teachings of Christianity attracted him, an Egyptian man stated simply, “the crucified Messiah.”
A holy book: the power of the Bible
The Torah, the Psalms (Zabur) and the Gospel (commonly understood as the New Testament) are all revered by Muslims as holy books. Though many are unfamiliar with the content of scripture, they find it quite compelling once they begin to read. For one Lebanese Muslim, Christ’s teaching in the Sermon on the Mount was most instrumental at the point of his conversion.
A North African believer was touched by Christ’s love for the poor, the downtrodden, the outcast. Another man was attracted by these qualities in Christ’s followers. He saw Christians as the only people who care deeply about justice for the poor and oppressed.
Then you will know the truth.
Others have finally found in the Bible a truth that they found to be plausible. In searching the Bible, one Pakistani believer found answers to many questions that had concerned him. After his appreciation for the Bible grew, he felt he had been deceived by those who taught him that the Bible had been corrupted.
A North African found in the Bible teaching that was plausibly the truth, and it satisfied him intellectually. An Egyptian who came to faith in Christ found that the Bible helped him see the true character of God. He had growing doubt about the Qur’an, but the Bible, he said, was “powerful and satisfying.”
Similarly, an Iranian says, “The Bible makes sense, it is reasonable and logical; it is relevant and not culture-bound.”