By Mark Ellis. Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS — April 9, 2016) — Ali Sayed Husnain Shah is from a prominent Shia Muslim family with direct ties to the prophet Muhammad. When he was 15, he traveled from his home in Pakistan to Oxford, England to visit his ailing aunt Gulshan.
The story of his spiritual journey is chronicled in his new book, The Cost: My Life On a Terrorist Hit List.
After his arrival in the U.K., he made a disparaging remark about Christians and was quickly upbraided by his aunt’s assistant to be careful about the way he talked about Christians and “apostates.”
He was shocked to learn that his aunt left Islam for Christianity several years before his birth.
Ali couldn’t believe his aunt would dishonor their prominent Shia family by following Jesus. He soon discovered his aunt wrote a book about her conversion to Christ. Overcome with curiosity, Ali found a copy of the book and began reading.
After he read the book he was still confused, so he decided to attend a church service with her to learn more.
While at the church service, the pastor asked the congregants, “Who wants to see Jesus?”
The Holy Spirit began to draw Ali’s heart, and he felt compelled to get out of the pew and walk forward, so he could “see Jesus.”
“I wanted to see Jesus. He was the riddle at the center of all this, the reason Aunt Gulshan had turned her back on her family, her heritage and her religion,” Ali noted in his book. “He was the one who was to blame, and here was a man offering me the chance to see Him for myself.”
The pastor lifted up a prayer for Ali and as he prayed, Ali said he felt heat emanating from the pastor’s hand. At the same time a light behind his eyelids got brighter and brighter. Ali said his legs crumbled and he was drained of all his power and strength.
Then Jesus appeared to him in a powerful vision.
Photo captions: 1) Author of The Cost. 2) Book cover. 3) Mark Ellis and Dan Wooding presenting their weeekly TV show, “Windows on the World.”
About the writer: Mark Ellis is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), and also founder of www.GodReports.com, a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world. He is also the co-host for “Windows on the World” with ANS Founder, Dan Wooding, which is carried weekly on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (http://hsbn.tv).
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