Mohamad Faridi is an author and evangelist born in Iran who is now living in Ft. Myers, Florida. As he explains in his book, Forsaking My Father’s Religion, he grew up Muslim and was zealous for Allah. But all his efforts to please Allah did not bring him happiness. It was only when he heard the message of Jesus Christ that his life began to change and he no longer lived in fear of being tormented in hell.
For a Muslim, the only way be sure you enter Paradise is to die in Jihad–fighting for Allah, or to have someone who died a martyr for Allah in Jihad mention you to get you off the hook. No one else can be assured of entering Paradise, no matter how many good works they do. This is why Muslims live in such great fear of hell, and why those who die in Jihad are considered to be such heroes. Even if you obsessively follow the Islamic lifestyle to try and prove your devotion, there is no guarantee of Paradise without martyrdom in Jihad.
When Mohamad Faridi discovered that his entry into God’s Kingdom did not depend on his works or his death but rather was guaranteed by belief in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross, he discovered for the first time in his life, inner peace.
But don’t think that becoming Christian meant Faridi’s life became easy. He was estranged from his family and his very life was threatened in Iran. He had to flee the country for the sake of his family. He went to Turkey where he was persecuted for his new beliefs, though allowed to live and work there. But Mohamad was miserable and wanted to leave. When he learned that he could seek asylum in the United States because returning to Iran would be dangerous for him, he took the opportunity and came to America.
Since coming to America, Mohamad has married and now devotes his life to spreading the Gospel message, especially encouraging those in the Church to reach out to Muslims in a loving way.
A Recent Video Interview
This is an interview that Mohamad recorded with Mission Nation Publishing. You can visit their website at missionnationpublishing.com.
Visit his website also for video interviews and the latest news about his mission, and to donate funds towards his cause. You can also request speaking engagements there.
Naples Noteworthy: Can you explain what it’s like to be zealous for Allah? What sort of things did you do?
Mohamad Faridi: Being zealous for Allah is to keep Sharia Law, which means the path. By keeping the Islamic Laws you are proving your devotion. Things like Ceremonial washing, praying five times a day, memorizing and reciting of the Quran, fasting thirty days during the month of Ramadan, eating proper food, and avoiding the forbidden. However, these are only the minimal requirements. For a devote Muslim the call is to conform and to follow obsessively the lifestyle of the prophet Muhammad.
Naples Noteworthy: What were you most afraid of, before you came to know Jesus?
Mohamad Faridi: I lived in fear of Allah’s punishment. I was afraid of not keeping the Sharia perfectly and be tortured by Allah. I feared what would happen to me on the Judgment Day if I was sentenced to hell.
Naples Noteworthy: What are you most afraid of now?
Mohamad Faridi: Now I am afraid to live a life of mediocrity and not helping my fellow people to see better.
Naples Noteworthy: How did you come to know about Jesus Christ?
Mohamad Faridi: Shortly after my mandatory army service I met up with a childhood friend. During our two hour conversation he told me that he and his family had become Christians. I could not understand how someone could downgrade themselves. As I understood it then, Islam was the superior religion. As we continued to talk he said to me, “The god you serve requires your life; the God I serve gave His Son’s life for me.” This statement caused me to want to know Jesus. He was different.
Naples Noteworthy: You had to leave your family and flee Iran because of your beliefs. Was it worth it?
Mohamad Faridi: Yes. It is worth standing up for the truth.
Naples Noteworthy: What things have surprised you most about America?
Mohamad Faridi: America is not like how the Hollywood movies portray it. I thought America was the producer of immorality in the world, and that their attempt was to colonize the rest of the world. But what I discovered from living in America was far from that. Americans are generally kind and loving people.
Naples Noteworthy: What is it like to grow up in an Islamic culture? Are there any opportunities to hear about Jesus?
Mohamad Faridi: I am from Iran, a Muslim country, that is controlled by Sharia Law. Every layer of society, every media outlet, and the educational system all are held closely to the standard of Islamic law. As a child growing up in that kind of society, I spent most of my childhood memorizing and reciting the Quran and learning about Islam. If there were any debates, thoughts, or discussions, it focused on Islam. And according to Islam and to the Islamic belief, all other religions have been altered and corrupted. At age 23 when I heard about Christianity, that was the first time that I was hearing the message of the Gospel. Previous to this, I had heard about Christianity, but everything I’d heard was condescending and negative.
Naples Noteworthy: What are some good things about Islamic culture that people may not know about?
Mohamad Faridi: Generally Middle Easterners are hospitable people. They love eating and talking about religion and politics.
Naples Noteworthy: After you left Iran, you fled to Turkey. But you found the people there persecuted you because you were Christian. Can you explain why this happens in Muslim countries? Was it because you left Islam?
Mohamad Faridi: Exactly. I am an apostate. According to Sharia Law an apostate should be put to death. So by not killing me and only persecuting me, they were actually doing me a favor.
Naples Noteworthy: What is your primary mission now?
Mohamad Faridi: My primary mission now is to help American people reach out to their Muslim neighbors properly and share with them the true love of God which was manifested for all humans on the cross when Jesus died for us.
Naples Noteworthy: If there is a Muslim reading this right now, what would you say to him or her?
Mohamad Faridi: I would say to them, no religion or ideology that prescribes and promotes persecuting, subjugating, or killing of fellow human beings is worth following or defending.