1/9/2019 International Christian Concern -- Growing up in Egypt as the son of an Islamic Sheikh, Mohamed’s life was filled with religion. As a Sheikh, his father was supposed to live as a religious man from whom others could seek guidance about living a holy, Islamic life. But his father lived a very immoral life, causing Mohamed to question Islam. By asking questions, he eventually came to know Christ, a choice which cost him his family and risked his life.
For Mohamed, his father’s treatment of women was what initially caused him to question Islam. He was shocked as he watched his father mistreat his mother. “As soon as I grew up, I wanted to leave the house and get married and start a family away from home,” he recalled. “I did this and got married. But I was afraid to take my wife to my family’s house and leave her for a couple of hours, because I was afraid that my father would sexually abuse her while I was not there.”
In order to provide for his family, Mohamed worked as a carpenter. Through his job, he met many Muslims like his father: religious men who were supposed to be an example for others. “But through my work, I have seen many of them cheat and [they] do not keep their words. They are not honest, on the contrary towards many Christians I dealt with. And this raised a lot of questions in my mind. Who is right?”
Mohamed continued with carpentry, not realizing that God was using this job as an opportunity to teach him about Christianity. One day, a Christian family came in and commissioned Mohamed for work. They made a deep impression on him. “There was something special in the way he cared and talked. He was the [kind of] person you feel comfort with. So this raised the question, why are Christian people in general good? [Here] are people who are very pure and you like to be with them?”
He decided that it was time to take a closer look at Christianity. His home had an empty apartment, and he used to sneak downstairs to watch Christian satellite TV. At first, he found it difficult to understand. After about a week, he decided to call in to one of the programs. Every day, he called and asked questions about Christianity. Finally, he asked if he could meet someone in person and an appointment was made. In a church.
Mohamed had never gone inside a church. Simply going to the church put his life at risk. But he was determined, and shocked at what he found there. “Everybody was praying and praising. There was a different atmosphere than what I expected because I was raised on believing that the Christians are doing immorality at churches. This is what they teach us at mosques. But I discovered it was all lies; all they were telling us about Christians were lies.”
“I understood later that [Islamic] religious people told us this so that we would not come close to Christians because they are afraid that we will be affected by them,” continued Mohamed.