According to Perry LaHaie with Frontiers USA, a number of Muslims attending Hajj in Mecca running this year from Sunday August 20, 2018 to Friday, August 24, 2018 are having encounters with Christ through dreams and visions and becoming Christians.
Officials expect nearly two million Muslims will attend the five-day event this year that is held annually in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Islam’s holiest site.
Hajj is considered one of the five pillars of Islam and it is expected that every Muslim will make a Hajj or pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime provided they are physically and financially capable of doing it.
Hajj involves a number of activities that includes walking counter clock wise seven times around Kaaba, a black building considered the house of Allah, found in the courtyard of the al-Haram Mosque. In fact, when Muslims pray in other parts of the world, they are expected to face Mecca or more specifically the Kaaba when they pray.
On Hajj, Muslims are also expected to drink from the sacred ZamZam well and spend a night out on the plains of Muzdalifa where they will stone the devil.
LaHaie spoke of one woman named Adila who as she was beginning her walk around the Kaaba had a vision of Christ sitting on a rock who said to her “I love you. I died for you. Read the Book.” The Koran refers to the book as the Bible and one verse actually encourages Muslims to read it:
If you (people ) have any doubt about what We have revealed to you (about the Day of Judgment and other matters of belief), ask those who read the Book (the Bible) that was revealed (to the Prophets who lived) before you. The truth has certainly come to you from your Lord. Thus, do not doubt it (in your heart), (Qur’an 10:94)
The woman began reading the Bible and became a Christian. I have also shared the story of Mario Joseph, a Muslim Imam, who during a crisis opened his Koran to this verse. As a result he began reading the Bible, that led to his conversion to Christianity.
The Koran also speaks about Jesus several times. In fact, there is more about Jesus in the Koran than even Mohammad. Muslims consider Jesus a healing prophet (Surah 2:136; Surah 3:49) and though they do not believe Jesus died on the cross, they do believe Jesus ascended to heaven without dying (Surah 4:157-158).
LaHaie also spoke of another man by the name of Ali from Turkey. An alcoholic, Ali regularly beat his wife and decided he needed to go on Hajj to seek Allah’s help in stopping his bad behavior.
However, on his first night in Mecca he had a dream where Jesus appeared saying that Ali belonged to Christ. When Ali woke from his sleep he heard the words again, this time while he was awake.
He returned to his family a Christian and asked for forgiveness. His transformation took time, but in the end he was so changed by what happened, his whole family became Christian and today he and his wife pastor a house church.
The Bible speaks of people receiving dreams and visions in the end times. Though I read this verse several times in the past it never occurred to me that God would be using dreams and visions to draw those who don’t believe:
“It will come about after this
That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
Your old men will dream dreams,
Your young men will see visions. (Joel 2:28 NASV)
But when you read the verse it clearly says that God will pour His Holy Spirit “on ALL mankind.”
In some Islamic countries it is illegal for Muslim to convert to other religions with some governments even threatening a death penalty if it happens. As result, it requires a significant even for a person to convert in these situations.
It is very similar to what happened to Paul on the Damascus road when he had an encounter with Christ that transformed him from Saul a persecutor and killer of Christians, to Paul one of the church’s great apostles (Acts 9:1–9; Acts 22:6–11; and Acts 26:9–20).