|Muslims Seeking Jesus (MSJ)
Topics on this page:
- About MSJ
- A Letter to Our Visitors
- Special Thanks!
- If our Soul is Happy, Our Life will be Happy
- We do not Wish to Offend Anyone
- Our Common Enemy - The Evil One
- Please Help us
Muslims Seeking Jesus (MSJ) is a not-for-profit ministry dedicated to helping Muslims and Christians have a closer relationship with God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. MSJ is made up of volunteers from all Christian denominations. MSJ provides information, referral services and moral support to those who are seeking to learn more about the Christian faith, but are not sure where to begin.
We think it is natural for Muslims to want to know more about the Gospel since there are many references about Jesus and the Gospel throughout the Qur’an. The Qur’an speaks with reverence towards Jesus and the Gospel:
The Qur'an: It is He Who sent down to thee (step by step), in truth,
the Book, confirming what went before it; and He sent down the Law (of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion (of judgment between right and wrong). 4. Then those who reject Faith in the Signs of Allah will suffer the severest penalty, and Allah is Exalted in Might, Lord of Retribution. (Surah 3:3-4, The Family Of 'Imran, The House Of 'Imran)
The Qur'an: And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah. 47. Let the people of the Gospel judge by what Allah hath revealed therein. If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are (no better than) those who rebel. 48. To thee We sent the Scripture in truth, confirming the scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety: so judge between them by what Allah hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging from the Truth that hath come to thee. To each among you have we prescribed a law and an open way. If Allah had so willed, He would have made you a single people, but (His plan is) to test you in what He hath given you: so strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to Allah. it is He that will show you the truth of the matters in which ye dispute; 49. And this (He commands): Judge thou between them by what Allah hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, but beware of them lest they beguile thee from any of that (teaching) which Allah hath sent down to thee. And if they turn away, be assured that for some of their crime it is Allah’s purpose to punish them. And truly most men are rebellious. 50. Do they then seek after a judgment of (the days of) ignorance? But who, for a people whose faith is assured, can give better judgment than Allah. 51. O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust. (Surah 5:46-51, The Table, The Table Spread)
|Many Muslims have never had the chance to read or learn about the Gospel. Because of this, they may only know about Christianity based on opinions and misunderstandings from fellow Muslims, or from the actions of some people who claim to be a Christian. When Muslims do read the Gospel and see the actual teachings of Jesus, they discover that Christianity and Islam share many of the same morals and values. This is understandable since many of the Qur’an’s teachings are similar to teachings found in the Gospel. And of course, some are not so similar which we will explore later. (Please see, "Different Teachings".)
Basically, MSJ wants to help Muslims understand how the Gospel leads our souls to have a more spiritual relationship with God by teaching us how to feel the Love of God (the Holy Spirit) dwelling within us. This is the same Love Jesus had in him as he taught us how to purify our souls so we could enter the Kingdom of God with him. MSJ also wants to help Christians become more aware of their spiritual relationship with God from what they will learn from Muslims who are seeking Jesus.
A Letter to Our Visitors:
Hello! My name is Alan. I’m one of the volunteers for Muslims Seeking Jesus (MSJ). I would like to share some information with you about the MSJ ministry.
MSJ began out of a need to answer questions Muslims have about the Christian faith. While attending my weekly Bible study class a discussion broke out about how different religions view Jesus. People then began to share their experiences of Muslim coworkers or friends who came to them asking questions about Jesus (Isa) and his teachings.
One experience I shared with the class was when a Muslim friend of mine, "Shaira"(1) started asking me about Jesus. She had been raised in a strict Muslim household; I had been raised in a strict Christian household. She knew I loved God like she did, but also realized I had a different kind of relationship with God than she did.
Shaira and I had both been raised to fear God and obey His Commands. However, I had also been raised to believe Jesus was my "Savior" who would teach me how to purify my soul so I could grow in God's Love and live in His Presence one day. Shaira did not know about this type of relationship with God. She told me she had been taught something very different about Jesus when she was a little girl.
I could tell Shaira loved God very much but from a different perspective than me. She could not understand how I could "feel" the love of God "growing" in me. I told her Jesus came into this world to teach us how this can be, and if she learned more about Jesus she could decide for herself what to believe.
I then told Shaira about Jesus' disciples Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and how they recorded the Gospel which is a collection of the teachings Jesus brought to us from God. Matthew and John were among the first twelve Apostles of Jesus and eyewitnesses to his teachings, miracles, crucifixion and resurrection. (Please see, "Proof the Bible is not Corrupt.")
Eventually, our conversations about Jesus faded and I did not hear from Shaira for a long time. Then one day, she emailed me and said she could feel that God loved her! I called her right away to tell her how happy I was for her. I could hear in her voice how happy she was too.
When I asked Shaira what happened to make her feel closer to God she said, "The Holy Spirit guided me..."
Shaira said something inside her kept telling her to learn more about Jesus until one day she decided she wanted to be part of God’s spiritual family. That night, she asked God to forgive her for her sins and then said a prayer asking the Spirit of Jesus to come into her heart. It was a prayer she heard on TV that went like this:
"O God, I am a sinner. I am sorry for my sins. I’m willing to turn from my sins. I want to receive Jesus as my Savior and confess him as Lord. From this moment on, I want to follow him and serve You in the fellowship of his church. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
|The prayer Shaira said is what Christians refer to as "the Sinner's Prayer." After saying the prayer, Shaira said she could feel something different in her—she could feel that God loved her. She also told me this was the type of relationship she had been seeking with God most of her life. I could tell by how excited and talkative she was that her life had literally been transformed that night.
I told her again how happy I was that she could finally feel what we had been talking about. I went on to tell her she could make that feeling grow if she continued to learn about Jesus and the Gospel. Shaira said she understood that now and could see why Jesus came into the world. She said, "Jesus came to teach us how to prepare our souls on earth so we could live in heaven one day."
I was taken back by her insight. My Muslim friend was able to summarize the Gospel in a single line. She finally understood what Jesus was talking about, and believed what he had said.
The last I heard, Shaira was still learning about Jesus. She still considers herself "one who has surrendered to God" and prays several times a day following this Muslim tradition.
Shaira also now understands how Jesus was sent to us by God as a "mediator" through the Holy Spirit to help show us the path to eternal life. I am convinced her tradition of daily prayers and meditation has helped her understand the teachings Jesus brought to us much quicker than most. We Christians can take a lesson from some of our Muslim brothers and sisters when it comes to being committed to daily prayer and being passionate about our love for God.
...After everyone in the class finished sharing their experiences it occurred to us there may be other Muslims who are seeking the same kind of answers and relationship with God Shaira was seeking. A relationship that is very warm, kind, accepting and forgiving; a bond that allows us to feel how much God loves us and cares for us the same way we care for our friends and families.
The Love of God guided us to begin an organization dedicated to helping Muslims, and Christians, understand the Gospel better so they too can learn more about the path to eternal life. It is the same path many of us must discover who know about the Gospel but have not really learned how to love God "...with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength." (The Gospel, Mark 12:30)
Please note: If you are someone who is not sure they want to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, then we encourage you to continue practicing your traditional ways. Only the Holy Spirit of God can lead us to Christ (the Gospel, John 15:1-27, 16:1-33.) MSJ helps people who want to know more about Jesus by responding to their questions—we do not approach people, people approach us. Our goal is to help people understand the relationship Jesus had with God through the Holy Spirit and how that relationship was meant for us all.
"Special Thanks!" to all those who Contribute to the MSJ Ministry...
Muslims Seeking Jesus is a collaboration of those who believe there is a need to increase awareness about the Gospel to those who may never had the opportunity to learn, or fully understand, the teachings of Jesus Christ. There is a lot of information on MSJ.com that comes from the Gospel, the Qur'an and popular encyclopedias. We have drawn from each accordingly when talking about the history and teachings of Jesus and Muhammad.
While doing research for this website we also learned about other Muslims who had accepted Jesus into their hearts and were intrigued by their stories (see, "Mustafa Efe". See also, "Video Testimonies" courtesy of www.Muslims4Jesus.com).
Throughout this website, we also share our personal insights to what we have learned about Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit. Our insights come from being raised in different denominations of Christianity. One thing we all agree on is how it is more important to live by what Jesus said in the Gospel, rather than by the traditions of any particular denomination. The basic teachings of Jesus are the same in every Christian church. The Gospel is the Gospel, no matter where it is preached. A good Christian is a good Christian, no matter where they come from.
Over the years, many of us have also realized how there is evil all around us that corrupts our minds—then our souls—without us even realizing it. There really is a battle going on for our souls. It is not enough just to go through the motions of being a "Christian." We have to live according to the Gospel day in, and day out, so we can grow in the Spirit of Christ. When we do, an amazing transformation happens within us that should be welcomed by anyone who is seeking inner-peace, inner-strength and happiness in their lives. As Jesus said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (The Gospel, Matthew 6:33)
If Our Soul is Happy, Our Life will be Happy...
What Jesus taught us is really quite remarkable. If we follow his teachings, amazing things will happen inside of us that will guide us throughout our day, and our life. The Gospel is not about “ruining our good times” in life. The Gospel is about helping us to feel God's Love in our lives thus enhancing the good times in life as we prepare our souls for the next life.
I was at the Billy Graham concert in Corona Park, NY when I finally understood what Jesus meant by being "born again" in the Spirit. I was a good person and considered myself a "Christian" by most standards. But the truth was, I was not living my life by the one standard that should matter most in a Christian's life. I was not living my life according to the Gospel.
While at the concert, I prayed to Jesus promising him I would do my best to follow him and live my life according to God's Authority, and not my own. When I finished praying, I suddenly felt a "presence" in my heart. The presence was very warm and intense; it felt like my heart was melting within my chest. This feeling lasted for several minutes. It was something I had never felt before...
When the feeling started to fade I felt drained, and yet invigorated at the same time. I also felt peaceful and happy. It took me another few minutes to realize what had just happened to me. I asked Jesus to come into my heart—not under my terms, but under God's terms—and Jesus responded. I literally felt Jesus cleanse me of my sins. I knew Jesus had forgiven me and I could now feel the Holy Spirit of God (God's Love) dwelling in me like I had never felt before ("Thank you, Jesus...").
I followed through with my commitment to God. I began to volunteer more of my time and money and helped people whenever I could. I also wanted to learn more about the Word of God so I went to church several times a week and listened to religious programs as often as I could. I also began to read and study my Bible on a regular basis.
The Gospel really is "food for the soul". The more I learned, the more my soul wanted to know. Listening to the Word of God also made me feel peaceful and happy inside. And the more I understood the Gospel and lived my life by it, the more I could feel the love of God growing in me. It makes total sense why Jesus referred to himself and the Gospel as "the bread of life." (The Gospel, John 6:35)
One day, while reading the Gospel, I came across this verse:
Jesus said: “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”  Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?  Jesus answered and said unto him, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.  He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.  These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.” (The Gospel, John 14:18-28)
|I couldn't stop reading this verse. I was in awe... What happened to me that day at the concert is exactly what Jesus said would happen when we invite him into our heart and choose to love and serve God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength.
Jesus came into my heart and cleansed me from my sins. I could then feel the Holy Spirit (the Comforter) stay with me. The Holy Spirit is the Love of God we feel in our soul. The more I learned about the Gospel, and the more I lived my life according to God's Authority, the more my love for God grew. As my love for God grew, I could feel my spirit (soul) growing as well.
What Jesus said in John 14:18-28 above, was true. The more I drew closer to God, the more I could feel God draw closer to me. I was able to draw closer to God because I was obeying Jesus’ teachings and removing sin from my life. I truly began to love God with all my heart, all my mind and all my soul. Jesus taught us this was the greatest Commandment of all (The Gospel, Mark 12:28-31).
I no longer loved the things of this world. I loved God first and sought to be in His Kingdom—first! All my other desires in life became meaningless compared to my desire to be in fellowship with God through Jesus Christ.
Once again, the Word of God really is "food for the soul". And when we start to "digest it", our soul hungers for more. We hunger to feel the love and wisdom contained in the Gospel because the Word of God makes us feel happy; the Word of God makes us feel peaceful; the Word of God makes us feel spiritually centered and strong because the Holy Spirit of Jesus is alive in the Word of God! We are literally feeding and nourishing our soul with the Love and Spirit of Christ when we hear, and live by, the Word of God.
I still continue learn about, and grow in God's Love. I now understand what Jesus meant when he said, "The kingdom of God is within you." (The Gospel, Luke 17:21). The Kingdom of God is the Love of God that is growing within us. It is the same Love that comes from the Holy Spirit. Everyone's goal in life should be to grow in God's Love so we can enter His Kingdom, before we die. This is when we not only know we have been "Saved" we can feel it too.
I need to add something here. Even though I am "saved", I recognize that I am still a sinner who sometimes falls short of living according to God’s Authority. I thank Jesus and praise God every day for loving me so much that He sent His Son into the world to die for my sins so my heart and soul could be made pure again (and again) after I have stumbled and sinned. Jesus came into this world to destroy our sin here on earth. We cannot die with sin on our souls and expect to enter God's Heavenly Kingdom where no sin is allowed.
Here is something else I have come to understand. Even though Jesus cleanses us from our sins, we all need to be aware of the many demons in our mind and soul that lead us back to sin. These are the demons of anger, pride, resentment, greed, money, power, materialism, lust, jealousy, fear, ignorance, excessive living in entertainment, excitement, food, alcohol, drugs, etc. Many of these demons found their way into our minds when we were younger and have been living in us ever since, polluting our souls through our sinful words and deeds. Words and deeds that hurt ourselves, and those who we care the most about in our lives—including God.
These demons need to be replaced with the Love of God through the Holy Spirit of Jesus so what we desire most in our hearts is fellowship with God and not the meaningless desires of this world. When we put our relationship with God first, our souls begin to be transformed and purified giving us an inner-peace, happiness and strength that helps us to be free of those things that cause us and others sorrow and pain (sin). This is how our souls become, "therefore perfect, even as our Father which is in heaven is perfect." (The Gospel, Matthew 5:48)
Although I may never be perfect in this world like Jesus was, I now have a clear understanding of what Jesus was trying to teach us through the Gospel. We need the indwelling Spirit of his Love—the Holy Spirit—God's Love, to fill our hearts and souls so we can once and for all free our hearts from sin, and our souls from demons. This is how we enter the Kingdom of God, from within.
Because of the Love of God, I now have a happier outlook in life and an inner-peace and strength that helps me through each day. I am excited to share what I have learned with you, and I am excited to hear what you will share with me. I hope we will always keep each other company as we continue our journey to stand in the presence of God one day.
Please understand, We do not Wish to Offend Anyone...
Our purpose is not to offend anyone by the contents of our website. What we say here is the truth as we have come to understand and believe about Muhammad, Jesus and God. We sincerely believe what we are doing is part of God’s plan for us and that the Gospel really does contain the path to eternal life. Our purpose is to help people save their souls, not create tension or division. If you are someone who does not feel learning about Jesus and the Gospel is right for you, then we encourage you to continue practicing your traditional beliefs.
If you read something in the Gospel that confuses you, we will be happy to share our insights and understanding as best we can. However, we are not here to endlessly debate whether or not what is said in the Gospel is the truth. We know it is the Truth. We know it is the Truth because we can feel how loving God, through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, has changed our hearts, our souls, our lives. We want others to know this feeling too because it is the most important and powerful feeling we can ever know.
Again, if you are not ready to know this feeling, then "we bid you peace" and encourage you to continue practicing your traditional ways. Maybe the day will come when the Holy Spirit will call you back to learn more about the Gospel.
For those who want to learn more about the Gospel now, please realize we have to read it, then live it, so we can feel it transform our lives. Only then will we begin to understand the path to eternal life and what it means to be "born again" and "saved". (Please see, "Born Again.")
Jesus answered and said unto him, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?  Jesus answered, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” (The Gospel, John 3:3-7)
Jesus said: “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.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (The Gospel, John 3:16-17)
Jesus said: “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” (The Gospel, John 10:9)
Jesus saith unto Him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him.”  Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.  Jesus saith unto him, “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, ‘Shew us the Father?’  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works.” (The Gospel, John 14:6-10)
Jesus said: “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he
that endureth to the end shall be saved.” (The Gospel, Matthew 10:22)
Jesus said: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (The Gospel, Mark 16:15-16)
The volunteers of MSJ have a diverse knowledge of the five major religions (Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam) and have learned from devout followers of each. We have come to realize Jesus is the one person in history who showed us a "blue print" of what we must do to prepare our souls to live in the Kingdom of God.
No other religion recognizes that mankind cannot be free from sin and spiritual corruption unless we have the Spirit of God living in us. Jesus said, "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (The Gospel, John 17:17-23, Matthew 5:43-48). How can any of us be perfect and free of sin unless we have God's divine help through the Holy Spirit of His Perfect Son, Jesus Christ? (The Gospel, John 14:16-21, John 6:40-69, John 8:33-59, John 5:37-42).
God gave us a "blue-print" for eternal life in His Heavenly Kingdom. This blue-print is the Gospel spoken by Jesus through the Holy Spirit of God. All we have to do is believe Jesus really is who he says he is and then follow him, living our lives according to God's teachings. We will then understand what it means to truly enter the Kingdom of God before we die removing any fear of what will happen to us in the spiritual world to come.
Whether you are Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, or you are agnostic or atheist, we hope you will discover the inner-peace, spirituality, wisdom and love brought to us by the Holy Spirit of God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
To help you better understand the relationship between God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus, think of the Holy Spirit as God’s Love here on earth. Jesus was filled with the Love of God from his birth. When we welcome the Holy Spirit of Jesus into our heart and soul, we welcome the Love of the Holy Spirit of God into our heart and soul. It is through the Love of the Holy Spirit of Jesus that we have eternal life in the Kingdom of God.
Asking the Holy Spirit of Jesus to live in our heart and soul is the first step towards our eternal salvation. But before we can ask Jesus to live in our heart and soul, we must truly repent for our sins and ask him to forgive us. Jesus came into the world to die for our sins. No sin is allowed in heaven, that is why Jesus washes away our sins here on earth (Matthew 26:26-28, John 1:29-34, Acts 5:28-32, Acts 26:18, Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:12-15).
After we have repented for our sins, we profess to Jesus that we believe he is truly the Son of God and that no one can come to God the Father except through him (The Gospel, John 14:6).
Once we profess our faith in Jesus as the Son of God, we can then invite the Spirit of Jesus to live in our heart and soul because he knows we sincerely believe he is our Lord and Savior. We then promise Jesus we will strive every day to live according to his teachings with the help of his Holy Spirit living in us. Believing in, and following Jesus' teachings, is how we guarantee our salvation in the Kingdom of God. This is why we must be born again into a spiritual life with God through Jesus Christ.
Thank you for learning about our mission. Please feel free to write us with your comments about MuslimsSeekingJesus.com. We wish you all, God’s Peace!
Your brother in Christ,
-Alan from MSJ
(1) Out of concern for our friend, we have chosen not to use her real name. Some Islamic societies dictate that Muslims who choose not to follow all the ways of Islam (apostasy) should be put to death. Although our friend feels safe in America, she does travel back to her homeland on occasion.
Our Common Enemy - The Evil One
People who love and believe in God know they have a soul. Our soul desires to have a connection to the spiritual world of God. Since our soul desires to have a spiritual connection with God, this means we share a spiritual connection with each other. We are spiritual "brothers and sisters" in God.
Fighting among some of God's people has existed for thousands of years. If we are spiritual brothers and sisters in God, why are we fighting each other? Does it please God to see His people hurting each other just because some of us have been taught different concepts about God?
Of course not.
What we fail to realize is that it is the Evil One; Satan; the Devil whose tries to separate God’s people from caring about each other. The Evil One separates us through fear, ignorance, anger and hate.
It is time we recognize our true enemy is not each other, but the Evil One who delights in seeing the people of God hurt each other. It is the Evil One who separates us from God by separating us from each other when we cause each other pain and sorrow through our thoughts, words and actions.
The Evil One is very cunning. He can make us think we are not being separated from God’s Love when in reality, we are. How do we know we are becoming separated from God’s Love? If we are not living our lives according to God’s Authority, then we can be sure we separating ourselves from feeling the Love of God in us. Sin separates us from God. It is our choice, not God's, to choose to be separated from Him. His Love is always there for us. But we are the ones who choose to live without it.
How many more generations will pass before mankind realizes our true enemy comes from within? It is the demons in our hearts, minds, and souls who are controlling us telling us we are justified in hurting each other, and ourselves. To live in pain, fear, ignorance and hate is not God’s plan for us. It is the plan of the Evil One. We hope and pray you are not following the wrong plan.
Please Help us
Our goal is to help Muslims and Christians have a closer relationship with God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We ask that you help us in our loving mission. Please tell all your friends about MSJ. Talk with them about it. Email them the link. Learn your Christian faith so you can help non-Christians understand the truth about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Jesus instructed us how to live by the Word of God. He also taught us how to have the Love of God grow within us. It is the Love of God dwelling in us that leads us into the Kingdom of God. It is our duty as Christians share this knowledge with those who are seeking the Kingdom of God through Jesus. Here is your chance to join us in this peaceful mission.
Thank you and God bless you...