Paul Siniraj is founder of Bibles for the Mideast an organization that smuggles Bibles into Middle Eastern Muslim countries.
In a recent report on his website, he told of the remarkable Christian conversion of an unnamed young woman, 16, who is the daughter of one of the rulers of an unnamed Mideast country.
The young woman, who Siniraj gave the name Najima, was receiving a higher education at a Western school in that Muslim nation.
Najima was eating in the cafeteria, when she noticed paper jammed between the tables. Pulling it out, she discovered it was a Gospel tract.
She read it and one of the Bible verses on the tract caught her attention: “For God hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Being from a strong Muslim family, Najima faithfully followed all the Muslim traditions, so she tossed the tract into the garbage.
But though she got rid of the tract, the Bible verse began gnawing away at her.
She wondered how could Jesus be made sin for people?
The verse began to plague her and even as she was trying to go to sleep it would run through her mind.
It all came to a head one night when she was woken up by a bright light that turned her room into day.
As she lay in bed, a voice spoke telling her that she was a sinner. That no one was righteous and she needed to believe on Jesus to be saved. She had no doubt this was Jesus speaking to her.
Jesus is mentioned several times in the Qur’an. Muslims consider Jesus the healing prophet and though they do not believe Jesus died on the cross, the Qur’an says Jesus was taken to heaven before He died. So Jesus is still alive.
Najima made the decision that night to become a Christian. She experienced such joy she began telling her friends what had happened and eventually her parents who were outraged.
Her dad and brothers tried to force her to recant by stripping Najima naked and then strapping her to a chair and forcing her to sit on a metal plate with the intent of electrocuting her.
When she asked her father for a Bible, her dad threw it on her lap and mocked her saying she could die with her “false religion.”
However, for some reason when they plugged the cord into the wall, the electricity would not run. After replacing the connecting cord four times, they finally quit.
The father then told Najima that she was no longer his daughter and tossed her into the streets completely naked where she fled to a friend’s house who lived nearby.
Her father later found out where Najima was staying and has since put her under house arrest and her life is still very much in danger.
Siniraj’s ministry found out about Najima’s conversion and by disguising a couple of women as devout Muslims complete with a head covering, they were allowed to talk to the young woman by claiming to be classmates from her school.
He noted that as a result of her conversion, the Najima’s father has ordered all houses in the area searched for Bibles and other Christian icons in an effort to root out any Christians who might be living there.
Through his ministry Siniraj hopes to distribute 100,000 Bibles this year into Muslim countries.
I was struck by the power of God’s word in this testimony. The Bible describes itself as living and active. The word “active” is the Greek word “energes” from which we get the English word energy. This means God’s word is alive and has its own inherent energy or ability to affect people:
2 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 NASV)