Muslims Experiencing Dreams and Visions of Jesus
All over the world, Muslims are having dreams and visions of Jesus. These men and women often find him appearing to them in a shining white robe. The encounters are often so powerful that they produce a newfound interest in Jesus. As these Muslims dig deeper and learn what the Bible has to say about him, they are discovering his power to transform their lives and receive forgiveness for their sins.
One of these encounters is described by Tom Doyle in an interview with Lee Strobel.
“We met another guy in Jericho named Osama who was part of the Palestinian Authority. He started having dreams about Jesus. He went to his imam, who told him to read the Qur’an more. But the more he read the Qur’an, the more he had Jesus dreams. The imam told him to get more involved in the mosque, so he did—still, more Jesus dreams. The imam said to make the Hajj to Mecca.”
In my mind I could picture this person among the throngs at Mecca, walking around the Kaaba, often called “the house of Allah,” a black building in the center of the most sacred mosque in Islam. One of the five pillars of Islam says if a Muslim is able, he should make the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca once in his lifetime and walk seven times around the Kaaba. More than a million people walk counterclockwise around the Kaaba during this five-day period.
“What happened to him?” I asked.
“You’re supposed to look at the Kaaba and say your prayers. Instead, he looked over—and on top of the Kaaba, he saw the Jesus from his dreams.”
“That must have startled him!”
“It did!” Doyle replied. “Jesus was looking at him and saying, ‘Osama, leave this place. You’re going in the wrong direction. Leave and go home.’ So he did. Later a … friend shared the gospel with him… Today, this man has such love for Jesus that you can literally see it on his face.”
Lee Strobel, The Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural, Reprint ed. (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2018), 146.