I was born into a practicing Muslim family. I did everything I was told to do: praying five times a day, reading and memorising the Quran, and fasting. However, I lacked any direct connection with God. As I grew older, my curiosity and frustration increased. I started asking difficult, challenging questions. The responses I received to my questions were illogical. I became so frustrated that I started living as a confused Muslim. There was a time where I was muslim-cum-agnostic-cum-atheist. I was heading in the wrong direction, with no hope and purpose. However, I was still curious, and I felt as if some part of my life was missing.
God’s love is unimaginable, the more you deny him, the more He shows you His “steadfast love and faithfulness” – Psalm 86:15
“The Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” – Deuteronomy 31:6
He was preparing me for something great. At a very early age, I graduated with first class honours as a computer engineer, became the youngest senior software engineer in my company, completed a Master’s in software engineering, and even started working as a senior lecturer at the university.
In 2014, everything changed. In the middle of 2014, my father passed away. I had lots of questions: Where is he now? What happens when we die? What is my purpose? Is there something more to life? I was lost and in despair.
As Paul mentions in Philippians 4:6:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”
So, with tears in my eyes, I got on my knees and I prayed after a long time. I was not sure what to call Him but I prayed like a child and I felt something which I had never felt before. I felt like a mother hugging me. The next day, everything was same, but on another level everything was different. I was no longer in despair. Hallelujah! I consider this entire experience as a sign from God nudging me forward in my religious search. I started reading about all the religions. I had one question in my head. What is the truth out there? I was spiritually thirsty for divine truth, for the living God. My thirst was quenched, my eyes were opened, when I read the Word of God:
“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – John 4:14
I asked myself: Is this the truth that I’ve been seeking all my life? I received the reply in John 14:6:
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.
I found my Hope in Jesus! In early 2018, I knew what the truth was. I was spiritually awakened. Remember, God sees the heart! Therefore, I Confessed from my heart and then with my tongue. I opened the door of my heart and gave my heart to Jesus, my Lord and Saviour. I felt tremendous overflowing joy immediately filling my body. Praise God! Finding God does not mean building a house in a land of no storms but building a house that no storm can destroy. Amen
I noticed that I could get through the darkest of days with Jesus by my side. However, I was scared how my family, friends and people around me were going to react. I knew, I would face challenges and backlash.
“If God is for us, who can be against us.” – Romans 8:31
I learned that Jesus lived to show us that bringing justice, grace, love and peace to the broken, marginalised and untouchables in society was more important than fearing persecution. Therefore, in mid-2018, I started following the faith openly. Since then, I have dedicated my life for God and to serve his mankind.
I have decided to pursue God’s plan by making Him my priority. I believe that the time has arrived to revive our city and country by taking divine presence of God to all and demonstrating the character of the Holy Spirit. I am passionate about our future leaders; our youth and students. As an evangelical Christian, I have strong calling to reach out to all people from all nations and tribe, to share them about King Jesus.. Amen!
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