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Vol. 11 / Issue 3 / February 19 2009

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Testimony of Nazeela Beevi - Part 7

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

Once I read the story of Jill Carroll an American journalist who was kidnapped when she was working in Iraq. Later she was released. She came home and told her story.

In her story she said of an incident how women were eating leftovers. In her own words, "Meanwhile, the big silver platters of food were ready. Men carried them out to the group of insurgents meeting behind the closed door of the sitting room. Based on their comments, this house seemed to be in western Baghdad or near Abu Ghraib.

I talked with Um Ali and other women in the kitchen. Yes, I traveled back and forth between countries for my job, I said. They replied that it was wrong for them to work, that they left school at age 12 to learn to cook and keep house.

Then the dinner platters returned, with the food ravaged - rice everywhere, bones with the chicken chewed off, nothing left but scraps, really.

And the women sat and began to eat the scraps.
I couldn't believe it! After all the time they'd spent preparing the meal, they got leftovers.

But I sat down with them. And, as I would often do with women over the next three months, I ate from the remains of the communal stew."


I remember an incident which happened right before my eyes. When I was a child once I went with my dad for shopping. As we were shopping from the fruit stalls, suddenly a man came and started to beat a woman who was selling fruits. Probably the man was her husband who was drunk. He was beating his wife. I was shocked.

A few days back I was watching TV where it was told that in Pakistan 80% of women are abused, brutally beaten, acid being thrown over their faces or maimed. These are only stories about a few women. Such conditions are not the case with women alone, but men and children also suffer in various parts of the world somehow somewhere and doing the meanest jobs for which God did not design them for.

Once a young man was kidnapped by terrorists and was threatened that if he did not co-operate with them, he will lose his family. Initially he cooperated, but once he tried to escape, he was caught and they cut his tongue. He lost his ability to speak and was in great pain.

When I was thinking about the downtrodden and inferior conditions of people, I felt God speaking to me and saying, "Men and Women are designed to Excel." Yes, my friend, you are designed to excel. You are not designed to be treated as shoes or commodities.

Because when God created Adam and Eve, He blessed them with this blessings written in Gen 1:28, Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
But devil deceived them and stole their blessings. In the Garden of Eden they lost everything but Jesus came in this world to restore to us everything that was lost in the Garden of Eden. He gave His precious life for us so that we could have this wonderful life - A life of excellence.

If you come to Jesus He is ready to give you a wonderful life. He is ready to exalt you and is ready to give you a life of excellence. Just invite Him in your life and your life will never be the same again.

Testimony of Nazeela Beevi - Part 7

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

Then the Muslim priests told my father, "It is not possible to bring her back to her old self by any other ceremony or ritual or rite. So you have to keep her locked up in a room till her wedding day. Till that day do not allow her to have any relationship with anybody including her mother and brothers who should not be allowed to see her. If there is any emergency you can go alone and do it for her." They also told him to make a separate room for me attached to my father's room. My father's room was in a different location away from all the other rooms My father does not sleep at night time but would be spending time with Quran verses and connected works. My father constructed a small room attached to his room in which a person could hardly stand, sit or sleep. He fixed a door which can be locked only from the outside. A window (a frame with parallel bars fixed) was fitted. The window had no curtain or door. Through the window my father could always monitor and see what I was doing. The on/off switch for light in that room was kept in my father's room. Thus my father kept a continuous watch over me.

Only occasionally My father came to me. All the necessary dresses would be washed and given through the window. Home made food was not provided to me. The reason was that my father did not like to see my face or to come to me. Because he thought that Allah had cursed me as I was involved in some kind of act which was against Islam and that I have lost the glory. My father thought that if he looked at my face then he would also come under the curse. So once in a week or twice in a week my father would bring bread, (jam) Jelly or sandwich, place them through this window keeping his face turned to the other side.

For six months I had not spoken to any human beings, I had not seen my father's face directly, I had not spoken to my mother. I had not seen my brothers. But that anguish could not overcome me because Holy Spirit was always with me as a good companion. There was pain, tension and mental anguish as I am only a human being. Every person who is in flesh will have pain and sorrow and that pain I also did have. But Holy Spirit did not allow that pain to over rule me as the word of God teaches us that in sorrow and distress He is the very present help and that word was with me.

During night time when I lay down, I would not sleep but would be waiting until my father slept. Whenever I looked I would always see light in my father's room and also light would be in my room. So I did not get sleep quickly. Even If I fell asleep I wake up in panic. I could not pray because of my father's constant watching. My room was filled with Quran and Quran surahs and I was told to read those and enjoy.

The Muslim Priests' advice to my father was, "when she is tired of sitting alone, what could she do? She will become her old self according to what we want her to become." But let me tell you dear friends, never did I feet lonely any time. At nights I had been encountering heavenly experiences through visions. I was experiencing the constant presence of Holy Spirit.

Like this, almost six months might have passed. During night time I would cover myself from head to toe with the bed sheet given to me and praise God saying, "Jesus, I love you, I love you, you are my everything, you are my everything." Sometimes I would lay down and say like this, "Jesus if you give me wings like the birds', I could fly, fly and fly and come near you."

One night while laying like this, I saw two dreams. One of the dreams was that which brought about mighty miracle that took place in my life. My first dream was like this:

Two men of very beautiful countenance, having their faces shining, probably in their thirties, having hair up to their shoulder, wearing dress (made of either sac cloth or bark of tree) from their waist down, having entered in a river were standing there. One man was holding his hands up while the other person was going down into the water. I saw that when he came up out of the water, a bright light descending from above and fell on that man. It was the same experience which I had when Jesus came in my prayer room .

When I saw that dream I thought, "what type of rite is this? As I did not have knowledge of Bible, I had no idea what type of rite it was? I asked, God, "These men are of which age? I feel that they lived many years ago in this world. They were very handsome looking. Why the same type of light which came down in the room where I was praying came down on this man who came out of the water ? So are you pleased in this act? Do you like this rite? If so, I would also like to do that. I also want to do that. Where should I go for that? How should I do that? what does it mean? please help me to understand it." I prayed like that.

Let me say that if you are willing to obey His commandments, walk in His commandments and dedicate yourself to His will, then this presence of God will come down, this glory and this light will come down. This will never leave you and this presence will be with you and lead you to the fulfillment of this commandment.

When I spoke about this dream, you have understood that I saw the baptism of Jesus in my dream. Jesus was taking baptism through John the Baptist in the Jordan river. When He was coming out of water, Holy Spirit came down from heaven in the form of a dove and a voice was heard, 'He is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased and listen to His voice.' This occurrence was what I saw in the dream.

When we love God, God will show this type of dreams, revelations, directions, prophecies and will explain what to do, how to do, how to live, how to go ahead and the way by which we have to go.

Testimony part 7

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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