CBN recently reported on the remarkable conversion of a Muslim woman, Aisha, who was born in Amman, Jordan to a very strict Muslim family.
After her family moved to the US, Alisha became pregnant when she was 17 years old. Fearing that her father would kill her, Alisha secretly had an abortion.
But in the years that followed, Aisha experienced condemnation because of her illegitimate child and abortion. She had been taught that Allah hated her and though she repeatedly begged Allah for mercy, she didn’t believe it would ever come.
As she struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts, Aisha stated that her remarkable conversion started when she audibly heard the name Jesus as she was pleading to Allah for mercy.
Hearing Christ’s name, who is considered a healing prophet in the Islamic faith, Aisha decided to pray to Jesus and immediately felt a great peace come over her. It is also important to note, that though Muslims do not believe Jesus died on the cross, the Koran says that Christ was taken to heaven before He physically died. Since the Lord is not dead, they are open to such experiences.
This miraculous encounter led Aisha to search for more information about Christ, leading to her becoming a Christian.
In her interview with CBN, Aisha said:
“All throughout scripture you see Jesus gravitate towards sinners and the outcasts,. It was really interesting to see the tenderness that Jesus had toward sinners and outcasts whereas in Islam there would be shame and condemnation and literal death in certain situations.”
Now, I am not sure who spoke the word ‘Jesus’ to Aisha, but it may have been an angel.
There are several moments throughout the Bible where God used angels to speak audibly to believers, and their words had a profound impact on people.
In the book of Daniel, we read of the prophet’s encounter with an angel while on the banks of the Tigris river.
Though none of those with Daniel saw the angel, they were nevertheless aware that something strange was happening and fled in terror.
This angel then started speaking to Daniel, which profoundly impacted the prophet both physically and mentally.
In Daniel 10:9, we read that the prophet fell into a deep sleep after the angel spoke to him.
Then, when Daniel said he was overcome with worry in verses 18 and 19, the angel spoke again, telling Daniel to not be afraid. The angel also spoke the words ‘peace and ‘be strong’ to the prophet.
After the angel said these words, Daniel immediately felt strengthened and directly connected it to the words that the angel had spoken.
19 “Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.” When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.” (Daniel 10:19 ESV)
This encounter reveals that angels have the ability to impact people by speaking to us from the spiritual realm.
However, it also shows the potential of a satanic attack.
Though fallen angels have chosen to follow Satan, they have not lost this ability to influence people and can also speak to us from the spiritual realm, resulting in condemnation (Zechariah 3:1).
These satanic words can also cause uncontrollable fear, as happened to Elijah after Jezebel sent a messenger threatening the prophet’s life. It is important to note that the Hebrew word for messenger, mal’ãk, used in (1 Kings 19:2-3) can also be translated as an angel.
Seeing the dramatic impact that this message had on Elijah, I wonder if the words of Jezebel’s messenger were empowered by a satanic angel that also spoke to the prophet from the spiritual realm.
It is possible that Aisha experienced a similar thing? When she heard the word ‘Jesus’, this not only provided faith, but also resulted in an overwhelming sense of peace as she prayed to Christ for help.