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Vol. 10 / Issue 50 / January 15 2009

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Testimony of Nazeela Beevi - Part 2
Through the Valley of Death
A New Christian Song Website

News Items (Common to all issues) :
Through the Valley of Death & other Books
Download Articles in Handheld Computers
Kids Page - Free Tutorials
Hindi / Malayalam/Tamil Bible Online
Your Spam Folder
Your Feedback

Editorial

By Sherly Isaac

Jacob was living in his father-in-law's house and he became successful despite all the oppression and hardships. Because God was with him, Laban could not play tricks with him. Though Laban tried to cheat him, changed his wages several times and harassed him yet he could not stop him from becoming successful. Jacob worked very hard, he even spent his twenty-one golden years in labor and pain in the house of Laban. At the end he found himself to be a stranger among his own relatives.

But one day he realized that he did not belong there in the situation like that. He might have remembered his dream on the way while he was coming to Laban's house. We read the incident in Gen 28:13-15 where he beheld, the LORD who stood above and said: "I am the LORD God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you."

God promised him a brighter and much more promising future than what he had there. But he had to come out and return to the land of his father and to his family. God spoke to him in Gen 31:3, Then the LORD said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you."

Yes, my friend, there are places of blessings unless you come to that place you cannot enjoy those blessings. God wants us to reach to the greatness He kept for us but sometimes devil tries to entangle us in purposeless acts and tries to keep us busy in those places so that we could never make it to the place of real blessings. But if we return to the place of our heavenly Father we will see blessings coming in our lives.

Laban was an unbeliever who did not know the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob but he realized that there was something special about Jacob and because of Jacob he could see prosperity in his own life. And for his own gain he did not allow Jacob to leave his home. But a day came when Jacob fled from Laban and that was the day of his deliverance. The day he decided to go to the land of his fathers that day God also spoke to him and said, "return and I will be with you."

Today also God wants us to come out of this world and return to the land of our heavenly Father and experience His goodness and blessings in a greater way which He has kept for us.

Testimony of Nazeela Beevi - Part 2

Please read Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12

Read in Malayalam Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13

But Quran says that Allah is the only one God, that he made the world and that those who believe in him, who speak no lies, who do not steal, who recites Quran loudly five times, who do not commit adultery, who does not hurt anybody will go to heaven in the future. But I did not have the assurance in my life or had not experienced the assurance in my life. Until sixteen years of my life I recited Quran five times a day but still my heart was filled with an emptiness continuously.

So I started studying deeply about the characters in the history as given in quran which I had already read from Quran. In my young age Muslim priests taught Quran in Mosque and later on they came and taught Quran in home. When they were teaching me like this, there were 25 characters, that is, 25 prophets as given in Quran. In Arabic these characters are called Ambiya Mursalingal. Among these 25 prophets, the last prophet is given as Mohammed. About Mohammed it is written that he was the greatest and precious prophet etc. because he founded the Islam religion and Quran was written on revelation from Allah. According to Quran's order of prophets, Adam was the first prophet and Mohammed was the last prophet. Adam to Mohammed there were 25 prophets. The 24th prophet was Jesus Christ. When I started studying about Him there was a great stir in my heart to study about Him deeply.

When we study the book of Esther we do not read the word "God" in that book, but we can see the mighty acts of God in that book. In the same way Quran does not say about Isa Masih (Jesus Christ) that he is great, or that He has divine qualities or that He is unique. But a study of His life story reveals the truth of His greatness, His Godliness and His uniqueness hidden in the history of His life story.

In Quran it is written about Jesus. "O, Mariam" or "Surat-ul-Mariam" are two names in Quran. There was an Emam in Mosque whose virgin daughter's name was Mariam beevi. Allah's angel called her "O, Mariam". So in Quran the name "O, Mariam" was recorded. As the life story and details of Mariam is written the name of Mariam came in the surats of Quran. In Surat 19:20 & 21 it is written that by the Word (kalaam) of Allah Jesus Christ was formed (born) in Mariam beevi's womb.

While reading these verses a thought came in to my mind that prophet Jesus was born in the womb of Mariam beevi just because of Allah's spoken Word. Prophet Mohammed has spoken the revelation, verses, words spoken by Allah in the Quran. Only through those verses that we understand about Allah. Then I felt, "Is not prophet Jesus the Word of Allah? Then why was it spoken about Him that He is just a prophet? Again I started thinking, "Prophet Mohmmad is called the "precious prophet" and people celebrate his prophethood, and give honor to prophet Mohammad and prophet Mohammad is spoken of as the greatest prophet.

There is a faith verse in Quran called "Shahadat-kalaam" Those who want to accept Allah, he/she should speak this Kalaam that Allah is the one god and without him no one else, he is the alpha and omega. Whom I am accepting as my only God. I am witnessing that his prophet is prophet Mohammad. This much greatness is given to prophet Mohammad. But this prophet Mohammad was born in this earth as the son of Amina Beevi and Abdullah. When he was born, he was just a human being. At the age of forty he was given the prophethood. These things are written in Quran itself.

But Prophet Jesus was not born of a man but was divinely conceived in the womb of virgin Mary by the spoken word of Allah. While thinking on these things I started to feel that the father of Prophet Jesus must be Allah whom I am worshipping as the only god. I started to say to myself that there is something special in prophet Jesus.

While studying the life story of Jesus, as written in Quran, I found that from His 30th year He started His ministry to preach the Good news with His twelve disciples, that mighty miracles took place through His word, and seeing that blind people and lepers were getting healed, that all the people of the country were following Him, fearing that they may loose their authority, the Jews planed to kill Jesus by crucifixion. But it is written that when they were trying to implement their plan Allah took Jesus bodily to heaven. The Jews mistakenly killed one of the disciples of Jesus on the cross. But Jesus is today in heaven.

But there is a day called end day coming when Anti-Christ will come to rule the world. At that time nations will be under his kingdom and his rule. And because of the troubles, hardship and tribulations people will cry and think, 'who will help us? Who will save us? and Who will deliver us from this man? It is written that at that time Allah will send prophet Jesus on this earth with authority to defeat anti-Christ and his disciples in a war and He will become a deliverer and Savior for those frightened people who are looking for help. All these things are written in Quran itself.

Then I thought, "prophet Mohammad is being spoken of as the greatest, he is also considered as unique in Quran, but I felt that Jesus Christ deserved more to be given this greatness and to be considered as unique. I brought this doubt before my mother. Mother told it to my father. My father and others came to me and said, "you should not question Allah's words but you should follow his words." The reason was that in their eyes I was something different.

When my father would come home on holidays from Mosque, people came from far away places with different kinds of problems for a solution. My father would be performing something or other for them. For the solution for their family debts, problems, quarrels and peacelesness my father would write Quran verses, read and recite over talisman and bind over them or pray over a thread and bind over them or recite and pray over water and give it to them. After that they will come with big presents and will say, "because you gave us those things, now our problem has been solved."

People came also in the absence of my father. My father had given me instruction on such occasions to recite such and such verses bind this way or that way give that to them and send them away and those things will work and will perform what is required Later on I have heard them reporting to my father saying, "what your daughter had given brought quicker and better result than what you give."

Because through me such things were happening, those within my family, those around me and the relatives of my father felt something special about me. So they would say, "you should not question the words of Quran but you should follow it." If you question Quran and if something happens, then not only you alone but also our whole family would be coming under curse.

As no one could satisfactorily clear my doubts and as according to my expectation I could not come across a divine experience, a heavenly experience, from my 14th year whenever I would enter for prayer and when I would come out after prayer, which I do five times in a day, every time I used to pray, "Allah, my scripture says that you are only one God and I believe that. But I do not have the assurance that you are the one God and that you do mighty miracles. I want you to bring me to that assurance. Because my father has given my whole life to you. When I will be coming to marriageable age, my father would give me in marriage to an Emam like my father. Then both of us together will have to live pleasing Allah. That is in essence the vow of my father. I said, Allah, I want to live like that only. But I want you to give me the assurance that you are the one who created me that you are the one who created this world. I prayed this prayer ten times in a day from my 14th year of my life until 16th year.

Testimony part 3

Through the Valley of Death

As many of you know that three years back our dad was very sick even unto death. God miraculously healed him. We have compiled it in a book form. I sure believe that it will inspire you and encourage you greatly.

This book is available for purchase at jcbid.com

A New Christian Song Website

Now you can hear and watch Christian Songs in Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi and in English. More languages will follow. Please visit at: Masihi Geet website

Through the Valley of Death & other Books

As many of you know that in the year 2005, our dad was very sick even unto death. God miraculously healed him. We have compiled it in a book form. I sure believe that it will inspire you and encourage you greatly.

This book is available for purchase at JasmineCorp Store

Also read these two books by Sherly Isaac "Allah and Elohim - Are they the same God" Available at JasmineCorp Store, and "Is Jesus God?" Available at JasmineCorp Store,

Both books compares the Bible and the Quran and read eye opening facts about Jesus, God of the Bible, Allah and Islamic faith. I am sure that you want to read this.

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