A woman recently shared her story about converting from Islam to Christianity and the overwhelming peace she first felt after praying to Jesus.
During an episode of the podcast, Soul of the Wild with Tommy and Josh Doyle, Aisha explained that she was born in Jordan and lived there until she was 14.
She had a lot of questions about Islam and salvation, but conservative members of her Muslim family only encouraged her to talk about Allah and no one else.
“It was like you woke up everyday and I had to do this to earn the love of Allah and I had to do it to earn the love of Allah and it didn’t suit me. feel like you were doing things under duress and not doing it with your heart, ”Aisha said. “I would ask my grandmother, my aunt, my dad questions and they always said ‘no one knows except Allah.'”
From an early age, Aisha said she was curious about Jesus.
“I felt there was more to who Jesus was than what I was being taught,” she added.
Aisha attended a Catholic school and took Islamic classes twice a week, but felt that details about her religion were being kept from her.
“It was just like we couldn’t ask,” she noted. “This is what you are taught. This is what you were introduced to at a very young age and this is your life. We couldn’t ask a lot of questions about Islam growing up.”
Her parents separated in 2000 and Aisha moved to America with her mother and three siblings.
“It was incredibly difficult. It was a difficult transition. We moved from Jordan to Minnesota. Culturally, I was used to Jordan, so it was very, very difficult.
At the age of 17, Aisha was “lost” and felt the need to pursue Jesus.
“It was a very dark time in my life. I was considering not living any more just because it was so difficult. I was depressed and struggling with a lot of anxiety. One day I was in my bedroom in crying out to Allah: I don’t know if you exist. I have prayed to you for years and have never felt or felt you. ‘”
At that point, she realized that Jesus could be the answer she was looking for.
“Out of nowhere I heard the word ‘Jesus’ and it stopped me in my tracks,” Aisha said. “It occurred to me and I said what if Jesus was what I have been looking for all my life? What if he is the emptiness that I have been missing since I was a little girl? felt like I needed to pray to Jesus at that time. “
She continued, “I just looked at the heavens and said, ‘Jesus, I don’t know who you are, but if you are who you say you are, then reveal yourself to me because I don’t know who you are. can’t live like this anymore. ‘ And it was the first time in 18 years of prayer that I felt peace when I first prayed to Jesus. “
In the days that followed, Aisha met other Christians and began to read the Bible.
“For the first time in my life, something made sense and it was who Jesus was. I dove into the Bible and fell head over heels in love with the Lord.”
Listen to Aisha’s full interview by clicking here.
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