While you’re talking to them, Rasha claims the couple converted after she had a vision of Jesus Christ. “I was sleeping and all of a sudden, I saw Jesus Christ in white. He said ‘I am Christ. You will have a beautiful daughter.’ I was eight months pregnant, and a month later we received our beautiful daughter.”
Just as she recounts her experience, her husband adds that he, too, had a dream. “I saw Jesus Christ. He was dressed in white. He said to me ‘I am your Savior. You will follow me.’”
If you live in the developed, Western world, such a conversation might seem so out of place it almost sounds like fiction. But to Amir and Rasha, this is real life.
Dreams and visions
And these experiences are not limited to Amir and Rasha. Many sources have reported the same phenomena—Muslims coming to Christ through dreams and visions. One person said he could feel God wrapping himself around him in a dream. Another said a cross appeared out of the sand.
While to many of us, these dreams seem strange and maybe even hard to believe, Columbia Theological Seminary’s professor emeritus Walter Brueggemann reminds us that dreams were viewed as significant in the ancient world.
“The ancients understood that the unbidden communication in the night opens sleepers to a world different from the one they manage during the day. The ancients dared to imagine, moreover, that this unbidden communication is one venue in which the holy purposes of God, perplexing and unreasonable as they might be, come to us.”