By Mark Ellis —
Ali Sayed Husnain Shah is from a prominent Shia Muslim family with direct ties to the prophet Muhammad. When he was 15, he traveled from his home in Pakistan to Oxford, England to visit his ailing aunt Gulshan.
The story of his spiritual journey is chronicled in his new book, The Cost: My Life On a Terrorist Hit List.
After his arrival in the U.K., he made a disparaging remark about Christians and was quickly upbraided by his aunt’s assistant to be careful about the way he talked about Christians and “apostates.”
He was shocked to learn that his aunt left Islam for Christianity several years before his birth.
Ali couldn’t believe his aunt would dishonor their prominent Shia family by following Jesus. He soon discovered his aunt wrote a book about her conversion to Christ. Overcome with curiosity, Ali found a copy of the book and began reading.
After he read the book he was still confused, so he decided to attend a church service with her to learn more.
While at the church service, the pastor asked the congregants, “Who wants to see Jesus?”
The Holy Spirit began to draw Ali’s heart, and he felt compelled to get out of the pew and walk forward, so he could “see Jesus.”
“I wanted to see Jesus. He was the riddle at the center of all this, the reason Aunt Gulshan had turned her back on her family, her heritage and her religion,” Ali noted in his book. “He was the one who was to blame, and here was a man offering me the chance to see Him for myself.”
The pastor lifted up a prayer for Ali and as he prayed, Ali said he felt heat emanating from the pastor’s hand. At the same time a light behind his eyelids got brighter and brighter. Ali said his legs crumbled and he was drained of all his power and strength.
Then Jesus appeared to him in a powerful vision.
My son, You wanted to see me. I’m here. Obey me. I will forgive your sins and give you eternal life, Jesus impressed on his heart.
That night, Ali went back to his aunt’s house and went to sleep. Amazingly, Jesus appeared to him again!
Don’t be afraid, Jesus told Ali in the dream. I will protect you.
When Ali returned to Pakistan, he stopped attending the mosque and decided instead to go on top of his roof to pray to Jesus. Whenever he prayed to Jesus, the Lord’s peace descended on his heart.
While he tried to keep his faith hidden, his newfound conviction about Jesus slipped out unexpectedly. He got into a discussion with his classmates outside their school about the correct way to sacrifice an animal in order to be absolved of sin.
“You are wrong,” Ali told them. “Sacrificing an animal is not the right way to deal with sin. I had a dream when I was in England that showed me the truth. If you want to know how to deal with sin, you have to pray to Jesus.”
As he watched their expressions, he knew was now in uncharted waters. After he left school the next day, his classmates attacked him. After they threw him to the ground and pinned his legs and arms, an older man with a beard and turban approached him with a menacing expression.
“You tried to make kafir out of our children,” the man exclaimed. “Islam gives me the right to kill any infidel who does that or speaks against our beloved prophet.”
The man reached into his cloak, drew a knife, and stabbed Ali in the chest. The knife just narrowly missed Ali’s heart but, but managed to puncture his lung.
Feeling unbearable pain, Ali lapsed into unconscious. Then Jesus appeared to him a third time!
You were injured because you were defending me. I will not let you die … I will protect you, Jesus said.
In his riveting book, he describes how he went from being a member of one of the most respected Islamic families in Lahore to someone considered an “infidel,” which forced him to move from city to city to evade the fury of Wahabi radicals who sought to kill him.
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Would that all would accept him and the day is coming that all will bow before Jesus and believe he is the Christ and for many it will be too late this man has made it!
Christian since 1959 and even now Jesus (Yeshua) is wonderful to know and trust !
What a great testimony, and comfort to know that God is always there for us.For he will never leave us nor forsake us. Ready or not the KING of KINGS is coming soon,John 14:6
My dear brother Ali, great will be your reward in heaven! Oh! how blessed you are, for you have really partaken of the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings. May God grant you more grace that you will be one who endures to the end. You have not suffered in vain. You testimony and life is an ongoing witness for Jesus. Take heart, bother, your witness for Jesus is not and will not be in vain. Please take comfort in these words of your Master:
“Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life,” Luke 18:28-30
Peace be to you, my brother.
Well said Emoro..yes it cost us family, comfort, friends and wealth to be a true follower of Jesus..praise and honor belong to Him?
God bless you and protect you! You have a very inspiring story, and we have much to learn from you.
Ali was saved to Jesus as he was a lost sheep, a seed created before the foundation of the Earth. We the wise virgins are the seed, the denominational church’s are the foolish virgins. Mohammed is also a religion created by Man.
I agree completely with Emoro and thank you so much for sharing your story, Ali.
You are such a witness to all of us! God bless you! Judy
You have a great mission! God has brought you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Let your light shine now do that others may seeJesus in you! God bless and may He give you many would for the kingdom of God from Islam!
May God put a hedge of protection around you as you proclaim the truth to a lost people.
PRAISED TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST….
WELCOME !! ALI…” GOD BE WITH YOU TODAY. & ALWAYS”
Thank you, for sharing your story. I will remember it when next I am among Muslims and I am afraid for they are relentless in their endeavor to make me one, “Nasara or die” they tell me here in England , I work in a place that has become their stronghold. God bless you
God bless you also, Adeola Odutola, and be with you always. Keep heart. Keep the faith. I pray that God will be strong within you, and that you will feel His presence with you where you work and always. HE is your beloved Rescuer, your Savior, your King of Kings, your eternal Father. I will meet you in heaven one day.
Ali, thank you for your example of courage, obedience and trust in Jesus Christ, you have encouraged thousands, including me. May the grace of God the father through His son continue to bless you as we all wait expectantly for His immediate return.
Very inspiring. You are a chosen vessel of honour to the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ of Nazareth. May He keep you and use you to His glory.
More of this is going to happen,.. in fact we are at the tipping point for a radical move of God on the earth. Jesus Himself was quoted to have said in Romans 14:11 ““For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God [acknowledge Him to His honor and to His praise”,.. and remember, let everything be confirmed by 2 or 3 witnesses. Paul then goes on to confirm in Phillipians 2:9-11 (Amp) ““Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, That in (at) the name of Jesus every knee should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, And every tongue [frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” The Word of God is true and will accomplish everything that is has been set out to accomplish. Scripture will be fulfilled and all of Islam will confess JESUS IS LORD!
To GOD be the Glory Ali for your story is a great testimony of HIS wonderful works in our lives. GOD’s protection is your assurance in your witness for CHRIST JESUS and life everlasting hereafter. Abundant blessings is yours in JESUS CHRIST, Amen because indeed you are HIS instrument for souls to be saved. Shalom!!!
I AM HAPPY FOR YOU AND I PRAY THAT GOD PROTECTS YOU AND USES YOU AS APOSTLE PAUL
God will bless, keep and protect you as you stand for the truth and bring many to the truth.
Ali, Our God the father of Lord Jesus Christ continue to shield you from all unreasonable men who do not have in Jesus.
Thank you for Shairing ,I have also had many visits from Jesus , In The pass 36 Years,.
Sowing and reaping will never cease. You have sown tremendous seeds by sharing your story, someone else waters the seeds with the prayers of scriptures and Father God gives the increase. May the Lord continue to bless you and use your for His glory in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Glory to God ! Brother Ali i am so proud of you. You have make the right choice by following our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ! May the good God keep you strong and bold to preach and spread the Gospel to the unsafe souls and through that expand the Kingdom of God! Halleluya!!!!
God bless you and keep you safe.
GOD bless you Ali. I pray that you will endure to the end.For great is your reward for all eternity.
I will continue to strengthen you in prayer
Our Lord Jesus Christ is really alive and is in control of everything…Praise the Lord!Thank you Heavenly Father for giving us your beloved Son and our Redeemer who took the sins of the World, that whosóever believe in Him , even he shall die, will live again! Thank you Heavenly Father for your great Mercy and Grace !!! Amen
Keep on dear brother. His peace will always guard your heart in Jesus’ name. More grace, joy and peace!
You are one of many I’ve heard about believing in Jesus because of a dream about Him, my brother. The angels in heaven were rejoicing when you believed! God’s grace is at work in your life and that of all those who are being persecuted just for believing in Him. May you continue in His strength and have the joy of seeing many others become believers by hearing your brave testimony. Praying for you that blessings, peace and His safety continue to be yours! One day, up in heaven, we will have a long time to talk with you and hear all about it.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He is also the Lamb of God and the Good Shepherd. Further, he is the Messiah, the Savior, Redeemer and the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. Not least of all he is one of us, our very brother who is both man and God. No wonder we love him. He is Love itself. We are all called to be one in him for joy in this life and eternal happiness in heaven. What a deal!
It pays to serve Jesus
I speak from my heart
He’ll always be with us
If we do our part
There’s nothing in this wild world
Can pleasure afford
There’s peace and contentment
In serving the Lord.
I’ll serve Him far better
Than in days of yore
I’ll love Him more truly
Than ever before
I’ll do as He bids me
Whatever the cost
I’ll be a true soldier
I’ll die at my post
Are our pastors telling us the truth?
Are Christian pastors honest with their congregations regarding the evidence for the Resurrection? Is there really a “mountain of evidence” for the Resurrection as our pastors claim or is the belief in the Resurrection based on nothing more than assumptions, second century hearsay, superstitions, and giant leaps of faith?
You MUST read this Christian pastor’s defense of the Resurrection and a review by one of his former parishioners, a man who lost his faith and is now a nonbeliever primarily due to the lack of good evidence for the Resurrection:
—A Review of LCMS Pastor John Bombaro’s Defense of the Resurrection—
(copy and paste this article title into your browser to find and read this fascinating review of the evidence for the Resurrection)
you have seen Jesus whom millions of christians haven’t seen. That statement ” I WILL PROTECT YOU” , is a covenant which He is obligated to always fulfil as long as you remain in the faith. Whenever faced with challenging situation say ” Jesus that promises me protection, fulfil your part”. Be rest assured He will manifest.
Peace of God be with you, amen
This is reassuring my faith in Christ Jesus. I pray all muslims do come to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!!!
We shouldn’t all forget Mark Ellis. Mark may the Lord continue to help you. Love you
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