After a severe car accident broke Kamal Saleem’s* neck in two places, he had no place for the recovery that would take weeks. His surgeon graciously invited Kamal to stay in his home with their family as his healing took place. Kamal witnessed an outpouring of Christian, unconditional love.
After staying with the physician and his family, Kamal had never experienced this type of love. He saw how they lived their lives. They had a relationship with their God and with one another as husband and wife. Although he had come to their nation from Lebanon with the purpose of destruction, he was trusted. Even the children called him “Uncle Kamal.” After some weeks, the surgeon said, “These are the keys to the house, and this is an extra key to the new car we are giving you. We want to bless you. You can come any time you want.”
Upon recovery, Kamal said, “I went to my home, a cold place where I haven’t been in months. Dust was thick. I knew I had to settle this issue with my God to know if it’s real or not. I walked inside and shut the door. I went right to the eastern window, fell on my knees, put my hands to the heavens, and I cry out, ‘Allah, Allah my lord and my king. Why have you done such a thing to me? I’m okay with the car wreck. I’m okay with all this, but why did you put me among Christians? I’m confused. These Christians and Jews are good people. There’s nothing wrong with them. They don’t want to kill us. They’re not the same thing that I learned in Islam, Allah. These people have a relationship with their God. These people cry out to their God, and He answers them. I want to hear your voice. I want to hear you love me. If you’re real, speak to me. I want to hear your voice.’ Guess what Allah said that day? Absolutely nothing.'”
All Kamal heard was silence, because it is not in Allah’s nature to speak. As a Muslim, Kamal knew that the god of Islam could not be known personally, he reveals his law but not himself. Allah is considered a wrathful god, full of judgment and power but lacking the attributes of holiness, love, purity, and grace. He is not called a ‘father’, and the orthodox Muslim cannot say, “God is Love.”
Thank God, the story does not end here. In our next post, #14, we learn how God ends this amazing account of his life.
*Testimony was given directly by Kamal Saleem of KoomeMinistries.com
The agape love of God can reach the heart of a Muslim through Christians who walk in love. Ask God to divinely connect Muslims with loving Christians, enabling them to experience the same love that was felt by Kamal, breaking down the walls of resistance to Christ.
After Kamal Saleem’s* severe car accident that broke his neck in two places, the medical team successfully used a neck brace, but he learned that his recovery would take weeks. Kamal had no family in America and no one to care for him. After being discharged from the hospital, he would need someone to care for him while he recuperated. Although Kamal did not understand what God was doing for him at the time, a caring doctor opened his own home to this stranger and took him in to recuperate. Welcomed as if he was part of their own family, their children treated him with love, something Kamal had never known before. Trained to be a jihad warrior from the age of seven, this doctor had no idea that Kamal had come to America to destroy their way of life.
Kamal could not understand their kindness. “In his home, they put me in the choicest room with the most beautiful things. I became like part of their family. They didn’t see me any different. They had a basket that says, ‘For Kamal.’ They put in money to free my bills from the hospital.”
Kamal shared, “The kids in the home were speaking to me without any violence in their thoughts. They were loving me, touching me, and praying ‘Jesus prayers’ in their little voices for me to recover and be healed.”
This kind of relationship with their God was so new to him. Allah was not a god of relationship, and Kamal was overwhelmed with the outpouring of Christian love. He had no idea that this Christian family was revealing the truth of the Word of God in I Peter 4:8, “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”
On Day #13, we see Kamal is faced with a life-changing decision between two spiritual worlds, and God’s love will prevail.
*Testimony was given directly by Kamal Saleem of KoomeMinistries.com
The essence of God IS love. Muslims live outside of this “agape” love, just as Kamal did. True Christ-like love breaks down traditions, walls, and barriers of deception. Pray that God will reach into their hearts, destroying all obstacles of resistance to His amazing love.
“In Islam, liberty, freedom, and monarchy are idols that must be brought down. The liberty in the United States and western nations is anti-islam, so America must be changed. I moved to the ‘Bible Belt’ specifically, wanted to take on the Christians, the best of the best, because I considered myself as the sword of Islam. I thought, ‘I’m anointed. I’m unique. I’m selected. I’m coming to a country and a culture to change it. I have the power of Allah with me.’” When Kamal Saleem* made this statement, he did not know God’s destiny for him.
In the early 1980s, Kamal entrenched himself in a small Midwestern town. He began targeting men from more impoverished neighborhoods to recruit them to the Muslim faith. But one afternoon, his life would be in the hands of those he hated the most.
“I was going from one place to another to do recruitment, and that day, and I had a car wreck. The car wreck was so severe, I ejected out of my car, landed on my neck, and broke my neck in two places. This man came running to me and said, ‘Don’t worry. We’re going to take care of you, and everything’s going to be alright.’ The ambulance came and picked me up, and I was taken to the hospital. The orthopedic surgeon in the ER looked at my chart and said, ‘Son, we’re going to take care of you, and everything’s going to be alright.’ Then the head of physical therapy came in, read my chart, and said the same thing word for word, ‘We are going to take care of you.’”
At first, Kamal was frightened by their words because these men were all Christians. “You see, in terrorism, if they say [that], you better run.” Those who had spoken to him and said they were going to take care of him and everything was going to be alright, had no idea he had come to the nation to destroy their very way of life.
In Day #12, we will reveal that before Kamal ever knew Jesus, our God provided for him, met his needs, and opened his spiritual eyes.
*Testimony was given directly by Kamal Saleem of KoomeMinistries.com
Proverbs 19:21 declares, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Pray that God will override the personal plans of the 1.9 billion Muslims, reveal His purpose to their hearts, and give them the courage and strength to respond to His will for their lives.
“We were training for what’s called, ‘Culture Jihad,’ which is shifting cultures. Culture jihad is unlike the sword, unlike the rifle, Culture jihad is not violent. The goal is to infiltrate your world via any outlet where two or more people congregate,” Kamal Saleem has declared.
By his 20s, Kamal Saleem* was chosen to wage cultural jihad on America. He said, “My heart’s greatest desire was to see America, the giant infidel, dead. There were many Muslim groups with the goal of cultural jihad in the United States, and we were working to unify them.”
He shared his first target was the ethnic groups like the African Americans and Hispanics in the prison system. We would tell them, “Islam came to free the black (and Hispanic) people from American slavery. We are here to give you freedom.” We would then tell them, “There’s no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his final prophet and messenger. Once we earned their trust, we would then begin to indoctrinate them with the ideologies of Islam. Then we would meet their families, help them find jobs, meet their needs, and so on.”
Unlike 9/11 (in which an outside force attacked the homeland), cultural jihad is about becoming like the enemy in order to conquer the enemy from within. You have to learn the language and the culture; you have to learn to eat, speak and blend into the target society.
In order to conquer the world, we were also taught to work in the Western world specifically through the women. Kamal was told, “Women would be easier to convert to Islam. The women are easy. Tell them you love them, and before you know it, they will fall for you.” The strategy was to marry them and acquire a green card and citizenship.
Yes, Kamal had an objective. What he did not realize was that was not God’s objective for him. (More will be shared in Day #11.)
Kamal did not know that God had a specific plan, and no one can stop God’s plan, not even the enemy. Around the world, there are Muslims, called by God, who have not yet responded. As they are seeking during Ramadan, pray for them that the one true God, our heavenly Father, will reveal His call, His plan for each individual Muslim, bringing them to salvation in Christ and God’s destiny.
“I had a dream as a child. I was dressed in the long white shorts Muslim children wear, and I was riding a white horse. In each arm I held a double-edged sword. In front of me stood the enemies of Allah; they were Jews and Christians. I cried out, ‘For Islam!’ and ran into the battlefield. Their elite warriors came at me, and I challenged them, causing chaos among them. I conquered them and took off their heads with the sword so that their heads were rolling under the feet of Allah. In my dream I was martyred, and when I came before the throne of Allah, he was laughing and said, ‘Only my crazy Kamal could do this.'”
What he experienced in this dream was Kamal Saleem’s Islamic worldview from childhood. The dream reflected the Sunni beliefs of his family, and for him, jihad was birthed from infancy. As early as four years old, Kamal remembers sitting at the kitchen table while his mother taught him about the Qur’an and reciting it to include his duty to Allah and jihad.
He shared, “We interpreted the Qur’an as Muslim zealots. Moderate Muslims were seen as infidels that must be Islamized. From my childhood, my mom said, ‘One day, you’ll be a martyr, my son. You will die for the sake of Allah, and you will exalt Islam. If you kill a Jew, my son, your hand will light up before the throne of Allah and the host of heaven will celebrate what you have done.’”
By the age of seven, Kamal was being trained to be a jihad warrior. Not only could he handle a machine gun, but he learned to make bombs and to slip into enemy territory to use the gun and bombs.
Kamal shared, “What happens to the mind of children who are exposed to that dehumanization? The breaking of our spirits came at a young age when our moms and dads taught us this was the path. The Muslim religious leaders, known as Imams, taught us hate and anger with the intent to take over the world. Then they would send us into killing fields to desensitize us to murder. We were programmed to believe that this was how we were to live our lives.”
Fortunately, this is not the end of Kamal’s story. In the next several posts, we will show how Almighty God transformed his life.
Jihad warriors are not born that way; instead, they are trained to be fighters by their family, society, and religion. We know that dreams and visions impact Muslims. Pray that the Lord will invade Islamic society with powerful, convicting dreams and visions that will bring them out of darkness, enabling them to learn of the truth of Jesus.
His life was transformed that Sunday morning, July 3,1994 when God revealed Himself to Faisal Malick* as his heavenly father! Immediately he realized that Jesus Christ is Lord. All his life he had been an observant Muslim and had fulfilled everything required by Islam. Now, through revelation, he realized that none of what he had been taught in his religion was true. Words cannot express the radical change that came when he realized that Jesus was now the Lord of his life.
Six months later, the Spirit of God and His holy Presence filled the little room where Faisal was living. He experienced the pure life and substance of Heaven for three hours and his life was divinely changed. He shared, “First, I had an intense love for God like I never had before, and an intense supernatural hunger to know Him more. Second, I had a deeper, unconditional love for people. Third, I had an intense love and supernatural hunger for the Word of God. I picked up the Bible and could not put it down for 36 hours straight.” He continued, “The Holy Spirit became my teacher and was writing His word on my heart.”
From that moment in the incredible presence of God, a special grace came upon him. It overflowed to others and the fruit was evidenced in the fact that in the next three years, 99 percent of the people he knew, including Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and atheists were giving their lives to Jesus and were born again. It was truly by the Holy Spirit that in the next three years he led 1,500 people to know Christ.
Currently, Faisal is the lead pastor of a thriving congregation in Langley, British Columbia. He believes the Lord has spoken to him, “The wall of Islam has fallen in the spirit that has kept the Muslim people hostage. It is only a matter of time when it becomes common knowledge that the wall of Islam has fallen.”
God is moving mightily in the Muslim world. As we join millions of Christians during Ramadan, praying for Muslims to receive Christ, let us believe and declare that the “thread of Islam is unraveling,” and the revelation and truth of God are being received in their lives.
As a devout Muslim, while attending a service in a business conference, Faisal Malick had a powerful visitation from the Lord (See Day 6). He shared, “God Almighty manifested in Majesty right in front of me, and every fiber of my being became aware of Him and His mighty Presence. Suddenly someone (The Lord) stood before me, and His presence went right through me.” Many thoughts were going through Faisal’s mind, and he had one burning question that he managed to ask: “God, what are You doing there? I thought these are the bad guys.”
He shared that he couldn’t understand why God would come while the people were blaspheming God by worshiping Jesus. He answered me audibly, and I heard his voice say to me three times, “No, these are My children. No, these are My children. No, these are My children.”
Faisal had thought these people were deceived, but God was saying these people were His children. He knew he was encountering God. As a Muslim, he didn’t question that there was one God, but he surely didn’t believe that God was a father! Yet in that instant, he knew God was the Father.
All that was happening to him was divine revelation. He instantly knew with every fiber of his being that Jesus is the Son of God. At that moment, Jesus was revealing the Father to him, so he instantly understood that God Almighty was not only Father, but he was encountering God as his Father. Faisal shared, “I didn’t know this could happen and didn’t try to make it happen. But when I heard His voice, it vibrated through my entire being. When God speaks, He releases a sound, and everything responds to it. The very core of my created being was awakened to Him.”
Revelation from the Lord continued, “The very thing I had been trained to see as deception and that was so ingrained in me to disbelieve was the very revelation that I now knew (and would now say): Jesus is the Son of God. His voice shattered every belief system I ever had.”
We praise God for His powerful voice that thunders (Psalm 29) and still breaks the hardness in hearts. Continue to pray for God’s voice to penetrate the deception and unbelief of Muslim people worldwide to hear Him and respond, receiving Jesus Christ as Lord.
Desiring to be successful in the business world, Faisal Malick was excited to use it as an opportunity to promote Islam. Marketing conventions enabled him to learn more about business from those already prospering. Meeting many Christians at these events, he soon debated with them, believing he could change their “incorrect thinking.”
One Sunday morning, he learned he could attend a non-denominational service and since the man speaking was a businessman and not a pastor or priest, he thought it would be a harmless gathering. The speaker began by saying that “Jesus is the Son of God.” There was no more blasphemous thing that could have been said, and Faisal wanted to confront and debate the speaker. The man continued to quote from the Bible, saying that, “Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and no one comes to the Father except through Jesus. If you receive Jesus, you will be guaranteed life with God in heaven.” What? The speaker was so sure that Jesus is the way to get to heaven. This could not be! He knew Muslims have no assurance of salvation.
At another convention, Faisal again attended the Sunday meeting. This time the man said, “If you believe in Jesus, He will give you the right and power to be sons of God just by calling on His name.” At the end, the 20,000 people attending were asked to stand, and Faisal, not wanting to be embarrassed, stood out of courtesy.
“The moment I stood,” Faisal shared, “God Almighty manifested in Majesty right in front of me, and every fiber of my being became aware of Him and His mighty Presence. Suddenly someone (The Lord) stood before me and His presence went right through me.” Many thoughts were going through his mind and he had one burning question that he managed to ask: “God, what are You doing there? I thought these are the bad guys.”
Did Faisal have an instant understanding? Or was it a process? On Day 7, we will see how God transformed his life, raising him up to become the man of God he is today!
During the month of Ramadan, many Muslims will have the opportunity to have an encounter with Jesus that can be life-changing. Take this time to pray that the Lord will invade their lives, open their hearts to His Truth, and reveal His glory, resulting in the salvation of multitudes.
Leaving Pakistan, Faisal Malick* moved and settled in Canada. He desired to get an education, become a successful businessman and make his family proud. While in school, he got involved in business and came in contact with Christians. He believed they were deceived because they lacked the truth of Islam.
As a Muslim, Faisal respected Jesus but believed that Jesus was no more than a prophet who was second to Muhammad, the final prophet of Islam. He thought Christians exalted a man (Jesus) and made him equal with God; he considered the worship of Jesus to be blasphemy. Islam taught that the Bible was changed by Christians and is corrupted. To them, the greatest sin a Muslim could ever commit is to confess that Jesus is the Son of God.
As he became more active in the business world, Faisal was encountering many Christians. His passion was to “help these deceived Christians, and if possible the Jews, to ultimately accept the Qur’an as the final book of Allah and become Muslims.” Many discussions about faith began; they often turned out to be arguments. He was determined to do everything he could to convert them to Islam.
A Christian associate invited him to church, but Faisal declared, “I am a Muslim. I do not need to come to your church.” He said that the associate never seemed to argue with me.
His associate was wise; instead of arguing, the testimony of the Gospels provides the most reliable witness to Christ to reach a Muslim. We should not soft-pedal the message, and the more a Christian knows about his faith, the easier it is to talk with Muslims. Our goal is to open up their minds for light to come in, so they can begin reading the Gospels to learn of the real Jesus.
Globally there are 1.9 billion Muslims, now 1/4 of the world population. Because of violence, Muslims are becoming disenchanted with their faith. Our prayers for their salvation bring a crack in that darkness, allowing the light of God’s truth to enter – enabling them to see and respond to the gospel of Christ for the first time.
In a Muslim nation, everything in society proceeds from their faith. Because Islam is a social, political, economic, judicial, educational, militaristic system, cloaked as a religion, it affects their entire life. It is not only a part of their life; it is their life.
Faithful Muslims believe that Allah (their God) sent many prophets, including Jesus. They are taught that the final prophet was Muhammad, to whom Allah gave the Qur’an and that it is the only book from God that is not corrupted or unchanged.
Faisal Malick* was born in Pakistan and was a devout Sunni Muslim who learned much about his faith from men around him who were also strict Muslims. To him, Allah was the only true God and creator of heaven and earth. In that atmosphere, he was committed to studying the Qur’an and loved to recite it. After school, Faisal would go to classes three to four hours a day to learn the Qur’an. He was willing to die for his holy book, and the Qur’an became his primary purpose in his life.
There are many Muslims just like Faisal with a heart seeking to know God and please him. They have a hunger for spiritual things and yet have not heard the truth of the gospel.
As Christians, we tend to think that deeply committed Muslims cannot be reached with the gospel of Christ because they are too entrenched in their beliefs. However, as we continue in the next several days, we will see that the love of Jesus never fails and can reach every Muslim!
During the 30 days of Ramadan, Muslims want to please Allah and are especially open to spiritual things. They believe that Christians and Jews are deceived, yet in Qur’an sura 1, they continually pray they will be “guided to the straight way.” Ask the Lord to soften their hearts and use their own prayer to lead them to Jesus, the One who is Truth.