Egyptian by birth, born and raised in a Muslim family, Mahmoud Mujahed was the son of a Muslim priest.
It was expected that Mahmoud would follow in his father’s footsteps and be educated in the Islamic tradition.
That was until he found Christ.
Mahmoud was born into a Muslim home to a father who was a priest (sheikh) in the Islamic faith.
“My family took pride in their Islamic heritage,” said Mahmoud, who came from a long line of Muslim clergy.
Mahmoud’s family had great plans for him, viewing him as a future sheikh himself.
Mahmoud was sent to a Quranic school at the age of six. While at the school, he began to ask deep and probing questions about God.
Mahmoud wondered about judgment, truth, and eternity, among other things. He wanted to actually know God.
“Since I was only a child, my questions brought mockery from others,” Mahmoud admitted. His teachers at the Quranic school did nothing to answer his questions.
With no one to take his questions seriously, Mahmoud sank into discouragement and hopelessness.
“My soul was seeking something Islam did not provide.”
Although he memorized the Quran and learned many things about the Islamic tradition, Mahmoud felt that his understanding of God and of religion was “rather shallow and superficial.”
“I became a mechanically religious young boy, while my heart was dry, like a desert that seemed endless and hopeless.”
Where could Mahmoud go with these feelings of despair?
He had been taught that Christianity was a false religion, that Christians worship three gods, and that Christians had corrupted the Word of God.
He was also told that the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection was a lie.
Not satisfied with these claims, Mahmoud still wanted to know more about Christianity and other religions besides Islam.
Questioning Islam is not encouraged or sanctioned in Muslim countries like Egypt, so Mahmoud tried to keep his inquiries private.
But his family and friends soon found out that he wanted to learn about Christianity, and his life quickly became difficult.
“Muslims made my life so intolerable that I wished to die. All I wanted to know was the truth.”
Mahmoud was called “mentally unstable,” and those around him were suspicious that he was being influenced by an anti-Islamic organization.
This is a dangerous accusation in Egypt.
So, Mahmoud let his questions go for the moment, starting the search again in his twenties.
Instead of asking more teachers and sheikhs for answers, he began to read philosophical and psychological texts, most of which promoted an atheistic worldview.
Even as he read about fatalism and the denial of God, he still desperately wanted to know the truth about God.
“It bothered me to realize that I was considered a Muslim just because I was born to Muslim parents and lived in a Muslim nation. No choice was given me: no chance was offered me to examine and find the truth.”
Mahmoud realized that many of his Muslim family members and friends had never questioned their religion or sought the truth about God.
This was discouraging for Mahmoud, but he continued searching. Eventually, he came across a Bible verse that changed his life.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me” (John 14:6).
If this was true, reasoned Mahmoud, he had to know more.
So he asked a Christian to secretly lend him a Bible, then sneaked into a church to hear a visiting American evangelist talk about Jesus.
Before long, Mahmoud realized that God was speaking to him! So he courageously asked the preacher to tell him more about Jesus Christ.
“I asked him if a Muslim could also have access to the Bible and the heavenly Father. Could I too know for sure about eternal life, forgiveness of sin, escape from hell, and becoming a child of God?”
In response, the preacher shared John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
In this verse, Mahmoud found the answer to all his questions about religion. He could no longer ignore God’s call to him.
“Finally, after years of agony I was led to the truth, the Lord – my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“He is God; He is the truth; He is the giver of life; He is the only way of salvation,” Mahmoud confessed.
He had truly found spiritual freedom, as it says in John 8:32: “…and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
Now, Mahmoud has become a powerful witness to other Muslims around the world. He has taken a new name, Joseph Abraham, and he calls his brothers and sisters to come join him in spiritual freedom.
Joseph firmly believes that his search for truth is one that many Muslims experience, and he is overjoyed to share his relationship with Jesus in hopes of leading other Muslims to God.
Please pray for Joseph Abraham’s opportunities to witness to Muslims. May God use him powerfully to speak to many who follow Islam!