Rashid had been one of the commanders in a group intent on converting as many as possible to Islam, and with the goal of bringing all nations under Islamic rule.
As the men strove fanatically toward these objectives, they began hearing of formerly strong Muslims who had converted to Christianity and worse, were now spreading the Gospel. So they appointed a special commando unit from among themselves to either convert these ‘infidels’ back to Islam, or wipe them from the face of the earth.
Rashid voluntarily took on leadership of the wing. As time went on, some of their terrorist operations succeeded.
They eventually heard about the work of Bibles for Mideast: how they boldly evangelized people—especially Muslims—in Asia, the Middle East and several third world nations; how their leader was himself a former Muslim; how they distributed bibles in many languages and were forming underground house churches in various regions.
So they set about in earnest to formulate a plan to hunt down Bibles for Mideast director Pastor Paul. If they could destroy his family and force him back into the Islamic fold, what a great weapon they would have in their war against Christianity.
So they devised a plan to attack and kill the family as they slept at night. But on arriving at their home, they saw what appeared to be gunmen surrounding the house. and abandoned that idea.
They then learned from some of the children going to the same school as the pastor’s children that since they lived in poverty with little to eat, they were always hungry.
“So we sent a woman with some poisoned fast food to give to the children,” Rashid recounts. “But on the way, a dog bit her so seriously she couldn’t get the food to them.”
So they tried sending another woman with poisonous chocolates to give the young ones, thinking for sure this would kill them. The boys got sick but managed to survive. Pastor Paul’s daughter, however, ended up in hospital, near death.
"I was watching with two others from an ambulance near the hospital,” Rashid explained. Their plan was to wait till they saw the family taking the girl’s dead body from the hospital, then kidnap them all.
“But I saw a ball of light came down from the sky and stand over the room where his [Pastor Paul’s] daughter was lying unconscious. I saw a hand came out from the ball and stand her up. There was a hole in the middle of that hand and the blood was flowing down. I trembled with fear.” Overcome, he fell over and had to be taken away by his fellow conspirators.
But he couldn’t sleep that night. Whenever he began to drift off, Rashid explained, he’d see the same hand, with blood flowing from it.
“Next night I saw a shadow of a human face appear behind the hand.” He said the face asked him, ‘Why are you nailing me?’
Rashid felt utterly unnerved at that point, but feared telling his friends anything “because they would suspect me, and I would be killed."
He kept a bible in his room for no other reason than to find verses to criticize Christianity and justify Islam. He turned to it at that point.
Opening it, he saw: “That was the true Light which gives light to everyone coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world did not know Him.” (John 1:9-10)
“I understood it was about Jesus,” he said with certainty. “And also, I knew that the ball of light that came from above to protect the sick girl was the same Jesus, who suffered crucifixion on the cross by the nailing of his hands and legs.”
Feeling unbearably burdened, he met up with Pastor Paul and told him everything. Yet instead of being turned in to the police as Rashid expected the pastor to do, he was embraced with tears.
“When I was an enemy of Jesus Christ, He loved me, too,” Pastor Paul explained. “He was crucified, rose from the dead and gave His life for me. In His love I have to love you, because Christ loves you. I believe Jesus Christ Himself brought you here to share this love and salvation. Jesus is the prince of peace, and He gives you peace. Accept Him as your Savior.”
And Rashid did! Soon after he was baptized and now, he walks and serves in all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. As a leader and anointed pastor within Bibles for Mideast, he, alongside his wife, lives to evangelize others.