By David W Daniels
Mohammad Al Ghazoli, Author of Christ, Muhammad & I, was raised in a Muslim family. But he is a Bible-believing Christian today. Three major events changed his life.
When Mohammad was in 7th grade, he listened carefully to the words of his religion teacher. Two different statements his teacher made contradicted one another. So Mohammad confronted him. How can Allah guide whoever he wants to, and mislead whoever he wants to? And if Allah both guides and misleads, why should he make people give account of themselves and how can he punish them?
For three months, his religion teacher did not have an answer. The next time he asked, the teacher called Mohammad's father and told him, "Your son asks too many sensitive questions."
Mohammad began to doubt Islam's god, Allah.
Years later, Mohammed Al Ghazoli received degrees in economics and political science. He managed and soon became editor-in-chief of an Arabic newspaper. He wrote many books on economics, sociology and politics, and over 1,800 articles published in Islamic and Arabic magazines. He met with Arab and Muslim kings and presidents.
And he firmly criticized the Torah (Old Testament) and the Gospel in public and in his writings. He even made the hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) 36 times - a very holy thing to Muslims. But he also began to investigate the holy writings of Islam, the Qur'an (the revelations of Allah to Muhammad) and the Hadith (the traditions about Muhammad and his companions).
What he found astounded him!
Muhammad started with just 30 followers who hailed him as their prophet. When his rich wife died, he was left without funds. So he created an empire of fear by two means. He raided and looted caravans and villages (and later nations), maiming and killing all who opposed them and taking their wives and slaves for himself and his men. And he imposed the death sentence on anyone who tried to leave Islam. Here's how Brother Ghazoli put it:
He reached the stage where he could order them to kill, and they killed; and by his orders, they cut the hands and legs off the captives, and buried captives alive. Also, [a fallen angel claiming to be] Gabriel carried down all the needed verses that made it legal for Muhammad to do all [that] he thought necessary. - From Christ, Muhammad & I (2004), p. 10.
Ghazoli concluded that Islam was not and could not be the truth. But where was the truth?
When it was clear that Ghazoli would not return to Islam, his life fell apart. He lost his money, his prestige and his health. One day a lady placed a Bible in his hands and said, "Read." The first thing he read were these words: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). He kept reading. He found
other verses, like "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you" (Matthew 5:44).
He had never seen a Book like this before! Gradually he realized that this could only be the words of the true God. And that God's Son, Jesus is "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). As he tells it, "He is the way, and I surrendered my soul to the Lord Jesus Christ, and behold, everything changed." Now he speaks to anyone who will listen and earnestly desires all Muslims to be saved as he was.
Soul winners, find creative ways to get tracts and Bibles to Muslims.
Learning the truth about Muhammad and his god, Allah, made Mohammad Al Ghazoli reject Islam. But reading God's holy preserved words, finding out who God truly is and what He is like, and that Jesus Christ is God the Son and the only way to heaven, made Ghazoli a Christian.
Let's get busy putting God's words into their hands.