Saman was the commander of a small terrorist cell in Northern Iraq that often raided non-Islamic communities. On one such raid his team killed several men. As they searched the dead bodies one of his team found a small booklet in a shirt pocket entitled The Book of Luke and gave it to Saman for him to read out aloud so that they could all mock the Christians. That night at home he began to read it again with the intention of further ridiculing the Christian faith. However, as he read he was impressed by what Jesus said and did especially how he showed kindness and compassion to people as he went around healing and preaching. As he read about the Pharisees, he said to himself, “I am a Pharisee – that describes me!”
When he got to chapter 6 of Luke, he read, “I say to you, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
Those words struck him with tremendous force!
As he wrestled with his thoughts, he prayed, ‘Allah, I need you to show me which is right, Islam or Christianity?’
That night, the Lord spoke to him in a dream. He saw a long wall and a line of men riding by on horses. One by one, he recognized them as the prophets mentioned in the Qur’an – there was Abraham, Moses and David. Then finally one came by on a white horse, riding side saddle and wearing a white veil over his face. In his dream, Saman pointed his finger at the man and asked, “Sir, who are you?” Lifting the veil, the kind face of Jesus appeared and with glowing eyes He said, ‘Saman, I am Jesus and I love you!’
Saman immediately awoke from his dream and, with tears streaming down his face, he yelled out – “I met Jesus! I met Jesus!”
He knew he had to find out more but where could he find a Christian who would dare speak to him? Later as he was walking the streets of the city, he found himself staring into the front window of a Christian bookstore where books with the name of Jesus on the covers were displayed. He entered and met the bookstore manager who invited him to sit and read as much as he wanted. After several days of returning to the bookstore, the manager asked him, “Saman, you have read many of our books and I have answered many of your questions. Would you like to give your life to Jesus and become a Christian?” “Yes, yes, that is what I want!” he said excitedly.
Saman’s story shows the power of God’s Word to transform the heart of even a hardened Muslim terrorist.
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