Friday, June 27, 2014
Ex-Muslim by Naeem Fazal
In the past year, I've read and seen a few stories by several who having been practicing followers of Islam have left their religion and become passionate followers of Jesus Christ. In his book, Ex-Muslim, Naeem Fazal weaves a similar tale of discovery in the Lordship of Jesus Christ, but also brings a post-conversion look at what journeying with Jesus has entailed for him since becoming a bona fide believer in Jesus as the Son of God and the Savior of the world.
Naeem spent most of his childhood years in Kuwait, a portion of which came at the height of the Gulf War. It was these events that led his parents to first send his brother, and later himself to the United States to escape what looked like potentially no prosperous future for them in Kuwait. However, unknown to him or his parents, shortly after coming to the United States, his brother had received Jesus Christ as his Lord, and it was his conversion which had a direct impact upon Naeem and the course his life took.
One of the things I've noticed in the Muslim conversion accounts I've read and heard about is that often there is an element of the supernatural involved. By that, I am referring to dreams, visions or, as in Naeem's case, encounters with spiritual entities. It is sometimes these divine interventions in the ordinary affairs of man which attract the person's attention enough to respond to the truth. I was a little disappointed that the book opens with the author's conversion rather than building up to it. And I prefer a more chronological approach to these life events, but it was still a wonderful story of God's love redeeming not just a person but a family (you'll see what I mean when you read it).
I do hope that you will read the book and learn from one man's journey of faith. I received this book for free through the book review program for bloggers, available at http://booklookbloggers.com/blogger. Any accounts of conversion to Jesus Christ are great to read, and Naeem's story is no exception. I pray for other Muslim believers that they too may come to repent of their sin and believe that Jesus Christ is God's son whom He raised from the dead, embracing Him as their Lord also.