Something strange just happened in Saudi Arabia, the home of Mecca, the holiest place in Islam. Saudi Arabia could be described as the heartland of Islam, and it also has the highest infection rate for COVID 19 in its region. The Governor of Asir Province, which is in the south west of the country, has encouraged people to have faith as they confront the deadly disease.
Strangely, the Governor has encouraged the people of Asir to learn from the example of Jesus, and his mother Mary. Apparently, he did not refer to the Bible, but directed people who are practising Muslims to learn from Jesus and Mary as they are described in the Koran, the Muslim holy book. “If we look at the Virgin Mary and her son, Jesus, in the Qurʼān …”
Who knows where this will lead, but at the time of a deadly crisis, the people are looking to Jesus. In the Bible, Jesus told us “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” (John 12:32)