Accounts Multiply Of Muslims Who Have Encountered YAHSHUA (Jesus Christ) In Unsual Dreams
For at least ten years reports have proliferated of Muslims converted to Christianity through dreams.
A California magazine recently published the results of a survey of over 600 ex-Muslims who now follow Jesus. “Although dreams appear to play a minor role in the conversions of Westerners, over a quarter of those interviewed [as former Muslims] emphatically confirmed that dreams and visions played a vital role in their conversion, and helped them in difficult times,” the survey said.
Others have found the percentage higher. Karel Sanders, a missionary in South Africa, reported that among African Muslims, “42 percent of the new believers come to Christ through visions, dreams, angelic appearances and hearing God’s voice.” According to Dawn’s Friday Fax, a website that focuses on missionary reports, Arabic-speaking moderators explain supernatural experiences such as dreams, visions and healings through prayer to Jesus. “This is a hot topic in our region. People from all over the Middle East call us, telling how they were healed through prayer in Jesus’ name,” they quote one missionary as saying. “Muslim listeners often call to tell us about dreams and visions of Jesus, wanting to know what that means for them.”
The same is expressed in “I Dared To Call Him Father,” a riveting book by a wealthy former Muslim Pakistani woman named Bilquis Sheikh who came to Christ through a series of mystical happenings – starting with the presence of evil, which she felt was connected to the recent slaying of a persecuted Christian.
“The strange prickly feeling grew inside me as I walked slowly along the graveled paths of my garden,” she wrote in a book that has just been re-released. “I stopped my walk and looked around. As I leaned over to grasp the tall green stems, something brushed past my head. I straightened in alarm. What was it? A mist-like cloud – a cold, damp unholy presence – had floated by. Of course there wasn’t anything out there. Was there? As if in answer, I felt a firm, very real and uncanny tap on my right hand.”
This experience led to a series of dreams that – like so many we now hear – culminated in the conversion of this Muslim woman. Are such dreams more prevalent now – with the world situation as it is? Or have they always occurred?
We know that dreams can be important. We think of Abraham. We think of Joseph, the father of Jesus.
But they are also crucial in our own time and in the case of Sheikh, whose husband had been a general and Pakistan’s minister of interior, they formed an important part of her conversion – if not the important role. As she explains in this well-written book (which was first published in 1978), she had been brought up in a Muslim faith which believed that although Jesus was born of a Virgin, He was not God’s Son. Still, Sheikh felt moved to explore the Christian Bible – and that’s when it all began.
In one dream, recounted Sheikh, "I found myself having supper with a man I knew to be Jesus. He had come to visit me in my home and stayed for two days. He sat across the table from me and in peace and joy we ate dinner together.
“Suddenly, the dream changed. Now I was on a mountaintop with another man. He was clothed in a robe and shod with sandals. How was it that I mysteriously knew his name, too? John the Baptist. What a strange name. I found myself telling this John the Baptist about my recent visits with Jesus.”
That was the dream – and it was peculiar – caused her to question everyone who might know – because up to that point, Sheikh had not yet come across the name of John the Baptist in her reading of the Bible.
She became a Christian. So have thousands of others. The reports have included villagers in places like Morocco. We first heard about this in the early 1990s.
“A follower of Jesus from Guinea tells of a person in white who appeared to him in a dream, calling him with outstretched arms,” states the California publication. " This sort of dream, in which Christ appears as a figure in white, is a frequent pattern in missionary work among Muslims."
The examples are multitudinous. A Muslim from Malaysia saw her deceased Christian parents in a dream, celebrating in Heaven. Jesus, in a white robe, told her, “If you want to come to me, come!” She did.