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A Jihadist Overcome by Love

A devout Muslim from Saudi Arabia, Al Fadi was no match for the transforming love of Jesus Christ. Read Transcript


Reporter: al-FADI WAS

PROUD TO BE A SON OF SAUDI

ARABIA.

GROWING UP IN A COUNTRY

LIKE THAT, MADE ME FEEL

REALLY PRIVILEGED THAT I WAS

BORN IN THE CENTER OF

ISLAM.

Reporter: FROM THE TIME

AL WAS THREE, HE WAS TAUGHT

THAT ISLAM WAS THE ONLY

RELIGION ACCEPTABLE TO GOD.

TO DENY THAT CARRIED SEVERE

CONSEQUENCES.

I USED TO BE TERRIFIED

THAT GOD MIGHT PUNISH ME

JUST FOR DOUBTING SOME OF

HIS COMMANDS.

I BEGAN TO REALIZE AT A VERY

YOUNG AGE THAT THERE IS NO

HOPE FOR ME AS A MUSLIM TO

ATTAIN ANY ACCEPTANCE FROM

MY GOD THAT I'M WORSHIPPING

UNLESS I DO AND ACCUMULATE A

LOT OF GOOD DEEDS THAT ARE

WORTHY.

Reporter: DAILY

PRAYERS, GIVING TO THE POOR,

AND FASTING WERE THOUGHT TO

INCREASE ONE'S CHANCES OF

GETTING INTO HEAVEN.

BUT THE ONLY SURE WAY TO GET

INTO HEAVEN WAS THROUGH THE

ULTIMATE GIFT TO ALLAH.

I KNEW IF I WERE TO GO

AND DIE FOR THE CAUSE OF

THIS FIGHT TO PROMOTE ISLAM

AND JUSTICE FOR ISLAM,

THAT'S THE ONLY TIME MY SINS

WILL BE FORGIVEN.

I WILL GO STRAIGHT NOT JUST

TO HEAVEN, BUT TO THE

HIGHEST LEVEL OF HEAVEN,

WHICH IS PARADISE, SO WHY

NOT GO FOR WHAT IS

GUARANTEED, AND THAT IS TO

DIE.

Reporter: 15-YEAR-OLD

AL SET OUT TO TRAIN FOR

JIHAD.

HIS HERO WAS A MAN WHO HAD

GONE TO SCHOOL THREE BLOCKS

AWAY, OSAMA BIN LADEN.

I BASICALLY ADMIRED THIS

COURAGE.

I'M HERE TO FIGHT AND DIE

FOR THE GOD I WORSHIP.

Reporter: AL WANTED TO

JOIN OSAMA BIN LADEN, BUT

HIS PARENTS FORBADE HIM TO

GO.

HE ALSO NEW DISOBEDIENCE

MIGHT COST HIM THE REWARD OF

HEAVEN.

THAT WAS TERRIFYING FOR

ME, I GO AND LOSE MY LIFE

FOR NOTHING.

SO I CONVINCED MYSELF I WILL

STAY BEHIND AND KEEP ON

GROWING AND MATURING IN

ISLAM, AND BECOMING MORE AND

MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT

IT.

Reporter: SO AL

MEMORIZED HALF THE QURAN,

AND AT 16, HE WAS ALLOWED TO

READ PRAYERS EN THE MOSQUE.

HIS PARENTS ENCOURAGED HIM

TO CONTINUE HIS EDUCATION IN

AN AMERICAN SCHOOL, WHICH

LED HIM STRAIGHT INTO ENEMY

TERRITORY.

THERE WAS THIS DANGER

THAT I COULD BE DRIVEN AWAY

FROM THE ISLAMIC PATH.

Reporter: SO AL CAME TO

THE U.S. WITH THE MISSION TO

CONVERT AMERICANS TO ISLAM.

IT SAYS ANYONE WHO

DOESN'T FOLLOW ISLAM IS

ALMOST LIKE A SLAVE.

Reporter: THROUGH AN

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

WELCOME PROGRAM, AL

BEFRIENDED AN AMERICAN

FAMILY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT

AMERICAN CULTURE AND TO HONE

HIS ENGLISH LANGUAGE

SKILLS.

HE BELIEVES BY VIRTUE OF

THEIR RELATIONSHIP, THE

FAMILY WOULD CONVERT TO

ISLAM.

BUT IT WASN'T THAT SIMPLE

BECAUSE THIS FAMILY WAS

CHRISTIAN.

THAT WAS, TO ME, VERY

BAFFLING.

I'M ASKING MYSELF, WHERE DID

THEY GET THIS MORAL VALUE

FROM.

I'M BEING TAUGHT THEIR

BIBLE.

I ALMOST FELT LIKE A

SUPERIO SPIRITUAL SPIRITUAL

MIDGET COMPARED TO THEM.

Reporter: SEVERAL YEARS

LATER AL COMPLETED HIS

GRADUATE DEGREE AND GOT A

JOB IN THE UNITED STATES.

HE WAS CONFOUNDED AGAIN BY

THE STRONG FAITH OF A

CHRISTIAN CO-WORKER AND HIS

FAMILY.

THIS MIGHT BE MY

OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN THE DOOR

TO ISLAM.

Reporter: THE DIALOGUE

BEGAN WITH THE QUESTION,

"WHO IS JESUS CHRIST."

I'M TALKING ABOUT A

MUSLIM, AND HE IS TALKING

ABOUT A PROPHET, AND THIS

PROPHET IS JESUS.

WHY IS IT THAT BY FOLLOWING

THE PROPHET, JESUS, HE WAS

TRANSFORMED THIS WAY.

AND YET I'M FOLLOWING THE

BEST OF THE PROPHETS OF

ISLAM, AND I'M STILL FEELING

THE SAME INNER ACHE.

I BEGAN TO REALIZE THAT

JESUS WAS A CENTRAL PERSON

AND CHARACTER AND POINT IN

THEIR LIFE.

HE WAS THE SOURCE OF THE

CHANGE.

Reporter: AL'S DOUBTS

ABOUT ISLAM BECAME

OVERWHELMING WHEN HE SAW THE

CRIMES COMMITTED BY ISLAMIC

JIHADISTS AND HIS HERO,

OSAMA BIN LADEN, ON

SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2001.

TO WATCH PEOPLE WILLING

TO GO THAT FAR, TO TAKE WITH

THEM HUNDREDS OF LIVES.

THESE ARE INNOCENT PEOPLE,

WHO HAVE NOTHING WHATSOEVER

TO DO WITH A WAR.

Reporter: FOR A TIME,

AL STOPPED PRACTICING THE

RITUALS OF ISLAM.

I STOPPED GOING TO A

MOSQUE.

I STOPPED READING THE QURAN

AND I STOPPED PRAYING.

Reporter: SEVERAL

MONTHS LATER HE DECIDED TO

VISIT A CHRISTIAN CHURCH TO

DISAPPROVE THE CLAIMS OF

CHRISTIANITY.

KNOWING REALLY WELL IT IS

A HUGE SIN FOR A MUSLIM TO

GO TO A CHRISTIAN CHURCH, I

BEGAN A COMPARISON.

I LOOKED AT THE QURAN AND

THE BIBLE.

AND AFTER SIX MONTHS, I FELL

IN LOVE WITH THIS JESUS.

I JUST COULD NOT RESIST THE

COMPELLING EVIDENCE AND THE

CONVICTION OF THE HOLY

SPIRIT IN MY HEART AND THE

GOSPEL MESSAGE I'VE HEARD

OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

THE GOD OF THE BIBLE SENT

HIS SON TO DIE FOR ME.

THE HOLY SPIRIT GAVE ME THE

COURAGE TO GET DOWN ON MY

FACE AND ASK HIM TO BECOME

MY LORD AND SAV SAVIOR.

WHAT A HUGE RELIEF.

I LOVE YOU, LORD, TO FOLLOW

YOU, BUT I DON'T FEEL ANY

PRESSURE ON ME FROM YOU TO

DO THINGS BECAUSE YOU

OBVIOUSLY HAVE DONE IT

ALREADY FOR ME.

Reporter: TODAY AL FADI

HAS A NEW MISSION: TO TELL

OTHER MUSLIMS ABOUT JESUS

CHRIST.

HIS LATEST BOOK IS "THE

QURAN DILEMMA."

HE IS A PERSONAL GOD THAT

WILL LEAD YOU BY THE HAND,

THAT WILL LOVE YOU ENOUGH TO

WHERE HE IS SO PATIENT AND

WAITING FOR YOU, KNOCKING ON

YOUR DOOR, ASKING YOU TO

CONSIDER ALLOWING HIM IN.

I WANT MY FELLOW MUSLIMS,

JUST, PLEASE, GIVE THE

MESSAGE OF CHRIST A CHANCE.

PRAY AND ASK THE REAL GOD,

THE TRUE GOD, TO REVEAL

HIMSELF TO YOU.

AND I ASSURE YOU THAT HE

WILL DO THAT IF YOU ARE

TRULY SEEKING HIM WITH ALL

OF YOUR HEART.

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