When I met with him, Malik opened his heart to me. He expressed his sadness, frustration and disappointment over how people, especially his family, could radically turn on him after finding out what he believes. His family used to treat him with love and respect, but now they treat him like “garbage.” Fear of his family, and what he would have to face if he goes back home, drove Malik to want to end his life. However, a woman at the public library discovered what Malik was planning to do and called the police. The police took him and had him committed to a psychiatric ward for two weeks. Eventually, they released Malik after deciding that he was going to be okay.
Malik spoke with me about many things; he sensed that I really cared about him, and that I respected him, regardless of his beliefs. I told him, “God encourages us to think, to use our minds, and to even express our doubts so that we might finally come to know the truth.” “Christianity teaches us to ask questions rather than ignore them.” In the end, I gave Malik some food, and we added him to our food pantry list. I also introduced him to some people from the church community so that he wouldn’t feel so alone. Malik needs to be surrounded by caring Christians. As a result of our meeting, my phone calls, and follow-ups from myself and others, Malik recently visited a Christian church in town. Maybe he made the visit out of curiosity, wanting to know how Christians think. Maybe he was encouraged by Christ’s love which he saw in myself and others. But I would like to think that it is the Holy Spirit Who is already at work in him. Please pray for Malik, that God would open his heart to see truth as he comes closer to Christians. Pray for his protection. And also pray, as I work with him, that he not be exposed to his family and to the Muslim community in town. God Bless you!