Najima (not her real name) is the daughter of a Muslim ruler. She had firmly believed in and practiced Islam from childhood—reciting the Qur'an, praying (namaz) five times a day, fasting during the month of Ramadan and giving alms (zakat) to the poor and needy.
While she went to a western university for her higher education, she still never missed practicing ‘the pillars Islam’.
One day she noticed a small piece of paper stuck in a crease at the table at which she was sitting. She pulled it out and read: "For God made Christ who had no sin to become sin for us, so that in Christ we could become right with God." (2 Cor 5:21).
The verse struck her. ‘How can Jesus possibly be made to be sin for us?’ she asked herself, then threw the tract into the waste paper basket. But the verse kept invading her mind. Trying to forget it, she went bed.
But as much as she tried, she couldn’t get the verse out of her thoughts, nor escape into sleep.
Suddenly, she saw and felt her room fill with light. From that light, a voice spoke.
"Daughter, you're a sinner. There is no one righteous, absolutely none. All have messed up and fallen short. But I came to take away all of your sins. I paid the ransom for many. Believe me and accept me … and I will give you eternal life."
She knew it had to be Jesus’ voice. Undone, she knelt down and accepted him as her personal savior and Lord.
She declared her new faith to her friends first. When she told her family, her father and brothers exploded in rage. They stripped her naked, bound her to a chair, and wired it up to a metal plate to electrocute her. She asked them to at least lay a bible in her lap.
"If you want to die together with your false religion, so be it," her father replied,
"That will show that your religion is powerless," one of her brothers added
Although they had bound her, she could still touch a corner of her bible. She then noticed a strange peace, as though someone were standing beside her.
Her father and brothers pushed the plug into the socket—and nothing happened. They tried four times with various cables, but it was as though the electricity refused to flow.
Finally, her father, angry and frustrated, hit her and screamed, "You are no longer my daughter!" He then threw her out into the street, naked.
Najima ran through the neighborhood, humiliated and in pain. People looked at her, curious rather than shocked. Shaking and tearful, she finally made it to a friend’s house. Her friend let her in, clothed her and gave her shelter.
The next day, her friend asked neighbors what they had thought when they had seen a girl running naked through the streets.
"What are you talking about?" they responded. "We saw a girl running with a wonderful white dress, like an angel. We asked ourselves why someone so beautifully clothed had to run through the streets. With that dress, she almost looked like she was flying!"
God had hidden her nakedness from their eyes, clothing her in a beautiful white dress.
She became stronger in her Christian faith. But her father learned of her location. Her mother and brothers went to see her to convince her to come back. But she would not, and reiterated her solid faith in Jesus Christ.
Her father then went himself, and took her back to their home by force. She remains there under house arrest. Because of her change of faith, he banned all other religious movements and activities in his region.
Recently, two women missionaries of Bibles for Mideast visited Najima at her home. Wearing veils, they introduced themselves as her university classmates, and so got permission to see her. Happy to see them, she prayed with the women. She asked that children of God around the world pray for her. She also asked that we pray that her father, mother, brothers, sisters and all the Muslims of her country experience the salvation of Jesus Christ.
"The Lord Jesus Christ gave me freedom from sin and death,” she said to the missionaries. “I experience that real freedom and peace in my mind."
She concluded with, “Amen and Halleluiah!”