Iranian Imam Receives Christ Via Satellite TV, Escapes Country
Four More Imams May Be Believers
By Mark Ellis http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/
TULSA, OKLAHOMA — One of the top Islamic leaders in Iran accepted Christ and left the country after facing death threats and imprisonment, according to an Iranian pastor living in the U.S.
The imam watched satellite programming supplied by TBN Nejat TV (www.nejattv.org), according to Reza Safa, founder and president of Harvesters World Outreach. TBN Nejat TV is the first all-Christian network in the Persian language, broadcasting 24/7 into Iran and other Middle Eastern countries.
The imam called one of the phone counselors connected to TBN Nejat TV and prayed to receive Christ in early February. “The man has been watching our TV programs for the past two years,” Safa noted. “He said he has believed since he began watching the programs but his salvation was sealed through his confession.”
“This man knows all the verses of the Qur’an by heart,” he added. “After he began watching, doubt began in his heart about the Islamic faith.” The man spent nine months in prison after he questioned the violence of radical Islam. Following his release from prison, he faced numerous death threats and escaped the country.
Several other religious leaders may follow suit. “He knows four other high-ranking imams that are in the same condition and want to leave Iran,” Safa said.
The imam who fled left everything behind. “His salary was 700,000 of their monetary units every month,” Safa noted. “He was honored and respected, but when the gospel came to him he lost everything,” he noted. “Now he is a poor refugee in a foreign country.”
“God is shaking the foundation of Islam in Iran,” Safa said. “We have been praying for some of the main government officials to come to Christ and God is answering us,” he noted. “I pray God will open more doors for us to send the gospel to the Middle East.”
Muslims converts face ostracism in France
Muslims are converting to Christianity in their thousands in France but face exclusion from their families and even death threats.
Most Muslims hide their conversion and Protestant ministers do their utmost to protect new converts.
It is estimated that every year in the world some six million Muslims convert to Christianity.
The Muezzin call to prayer. But here in France it is no longer reaching all Muslim ears.
Around 15,000 Muslims each year are converting to Christianity - around 10,000 to Catholicism and 5,000 to Protestantism.
It is often a difficult and painful choice - one that can leave them excluded from their Muslim families and friends.
Pastor Schluster knows what a real taboo conversion is in the Arab world. His job is to support converts by meeting them to reassure them and help them face the isolation from their families.
Pastor Antoine Schluster, official representative of Protestant Federation for New Convert Immigrants, said "True, a conversion is not easy for the Muslims whether they are practising or not. Simply because Islam influences their daily life. And therefore they immediately have a sense of betrayal."
Comedian Siad Oujibou used to pray five times a day but found his questions about death and his desire for a God closer to him than Allah moved him to convert.
He is now a Christian pastor. But he has faced many reprisals and humiliations from his family and was even under a sentence of death.
Said Oujibou, Protestant Pastor, comedian and convert, said "We are under this law if we change our faith. In certain countries would be condemned to death because we have converted. But I haven't changed my religion. I don't believe in religion, I believe in God. And God and religion are two very different things."
Many Muslims in France hide their conversion but the trend is continuing. World wide around six million Muslims a year convert to Christianity.