Growing up in predominantly Muslim Bangladesh, Fedu’s life was permeated by Islam. His father was an imam, and his grandfather told him stories of pilgrimages to Mecca. Fedu studied at an Islamic school, and, like his father and three brothers, became a Muslim scholar and imam, eventually teaching at a mosque in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka.
One day Fedu met a student named Azad from a nearby college. The two struck up a conversation and quickly became friends. However, when Fedu learned two years later that Azad had become a Christian, he began to worry about him.
He knew Muslims at his mosque would find out about Azad’s conversion, and he also knew the local Muslim authorities were some of the worst persecutors of Christians in Bangladesh. Instead of standing up for his friend, Fedu stopped talking to him altogether.
Then, 15 years later, Fedu received a call from Azad. As the two caught up on each other’s lives, Azad mentioned how Jesus had changed his life. He also gave Fedu a Bible and some Christian literature to read. They spoke two more times before again losing touch with one another.
Fedu at first dismissed the gift his friend had given him, but eventually he started reading it, comparing its teachings with those of the Quran. The more he studied the two books, the more he began to doubt Islam, which had been his religious foundation since childhood.
Fedu knew the Quran taught that God would send his word. But in the Bible, he read in John 1:1 that God had sent His Word in the person of Jesus. Then he read Jesus’ words in John 14:6, John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
He could no longer defend the Quran against the Bible, and he wanted to know the Jesus he had read about in its pages. He placed his faith in Christ in 2011.
After becoming a follower of Christ, Fedu continued teaching at his mosque. It supplemented the income he made from a pharmacy he owned, and he also wanted to share the truth he had learned with his captive audience at the mosque who needed to hear the Gospel.
The more Fedu studied God’s Word, the more it was reflected in his teachings at the mosque. When it came to God’s prophets, he taught that Jesus was above all and that He alone is holy. Members of the mosque became increasingly aware of his Christian views, and one day in 2017 someone found Christian literature at his home. The president of the mosque quickly addressed the issue.
“When they noticed I love Jesus and not Muhammad, they said my job is done,” Fedu recalled.
Soon afterward, Fedu and Azad re-connected again. Azad discussed what it means to be a follower of Jesus with Fedu’s wife, who had not yet accepted Christ. They had long talks about the Holy Spirit, baptism and the likelihood of persecution, and Azad answered their many questions about Christianity. Eventually, Fedu’s wife also placed her faith in Jesus, and she and Fedu were baptised.
As their Christian faith became known, they began to face violent opposition from their neighbours. A group of angry Muslims destroyed Fedu’s pharmacy, robbing him of his last source of income. Two of his brothers beat him for leaving Islam, and they and some Muslim neighbours then banned his family from the area.
Fedu was angry at first, but he has learned to forgive. “I forgive my brothers,” he said. “I have no anger in my heart.” Fedu even shared the Gospel with his brothers, but they no longer talk to him.
Since December 2017, Fedu has been living in a VOM-supported training centre, where his faith has continued to grow through discipleship studies and fellowship with other Believers. He continues sharing his faith with Muslims using the same method that brought him to Jesus — friendship and a new book.
Related resource: Our response to Christian persecution