Translation of Mohamed Sebouai’s Testimony

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Translation of Mohamed Sebouai’s Testimony

April 25, 2019

Mohamed speaks of growing up in a Muslim family in the region of Kabylie in Algeria. Because his father worked in France, he was raised by his mother. She taught him: God is good, God is love and to be respectful. He attended a Koranic school until the age of 14. Even though he had grown up with the wise counsel of his mother and a strong religious upbringing, he was always searching for something he felt missing from his life. Despite the fact he had everything, money, etc., he felt stressed and anguished.

At the age of 25, he turned to cigarettes and alcohol. Even with the support of his mother and his holy men (spiritual leaders), he wasn’t able to get peace. At 30 years old, he asked his father to bring him to France for treatment. Although treated by a psychologist for two years, nothing changed. Returning to his roots, he began following the counsel of the holy men. He heard of a holy man who could heal anything. His eagerness to see him turned to dismay when he learned it cost 600 Euros for the cure. Returning to his apartment, he had thoughts of suicide. These thoughts had plagued him all of his life. Filled with anguish, he couldn’t clean his apartment, bathe, or do his laundry.

One day he went out and met someone in Paris who spoke to him about Jesus. Mohamed explained to the man that he knew Jesus, but he was Muslim and proud to be a Muslim. Each of them had their own religions, and Mohamed was not interested in Jesus.  

After returning to his apartment, Mohamed continued to feel tortured for three months. Fearing he would die, he picked up his phone and called the man who had spoken to him about Jesus. Asking if they could meet, Mohamed wondered if this Jesus could help him out of his situation.

The Christian invited Mohamed to a pleasant church where he immediately saw Arabs. He told them, “This is not normal. You are Christian. You have abandoned your faith. Why did you do this?”

They explained how Jesus had helped them. Since He is the Saviour, they assured Mohamed that Jesus could cure him that evening. He responded that if Jesus could cure him, he wanted to pray as they suggested. As Mohamed prayed, he asked forgiveness for his sins and for the fact he had only known Jesus as a prophet and not as a Savior. Immediately, he felt the power of all the burdens he had carried lift and be replaced with joy. Within three months he quit cigarettes and alcohol. He abandoned his violent ways and asked his parents to forgive him.

His parents wept and sought to understand the change in their son. Little by little, his family saw Mohamed’s transformation and they are all now saved. The hardest family member to change was his brother who was president of Muslim worship in Algeria. Telling Mohamed “Don’t talk to me anymore. You are no longer my brother,” his brother persecuted him for three years. Yet today, this brother is also a Christian.

Mohamed ends his testimony be expressing thanks to his hero, Jesus, who fought against the illness accompanying suicide, the stress and the anguish. He then asks for God to bless the audience.

Translation of Mohamed Sebouai’s Testimony

April 25, 2019

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Mohamed speaks of growing up in a Muslim family in the region of Kabylie in Algeria. Because his father worked in France, he was raised by his mother. She taught him: God is good, God is love and to be respectful. He attended a Koranic school until the age of 14. Even though he had grown up with the wise counsel of his mother and a strong religious upbringing, he was always searching for something he felt missing from his life. Despite the fact he had everything, money, etc., he felt stressed and anguished.

At the age of 25, he turned to cigarettes and alcohol. Even with the support of his mother and his holy men (spiritual leaders), he wasn’t able to get peace. At 30 years old, he asked his father to bring him to France for treatment. Although treated by a psychologist for two years, nothing changed. Returning to his roots, he began following the counsel of the holy men. He heard of a holy man who could heal anything. His eagerness to see him turned to dismay when he learned it cost 600 Euros for the cure. Returning to his apartment, he had thoughts of suicide. These thoughts had plagued him all of his life. Filled with anguish, he couldn’t clean his apartment, bathe, or do his laundry.

One day he went out and met someone in Paris who spoke to him about Jesus. Mohamed explained to the man that he knew Jesus, but he was Muslim and proud to be a Muslim. Each of them had their own religions, and Mohamed was not interested in Jesus.  

After returning to his apartment, Mohamed continued to feel tortured for three months. Fearing he would die, he picked up his phone and called the man who had spoken to him about Jesus. Asking if they could meet, Mohamed wondered if this Jesus could help him out of his situation.

The Christian invited Mohamed to a pleasant church where he immediately saw Arabs. He told them, “This is not normal. You are Christian. You have abandoned your faith. Why did you do this?”

They explained how Jesus had helped them. Since He is the Saviour, they assured Mohamed that Jesus could cure him that evening. He responded that if Jesus could cure him, he wanted to pray as they suggested. As Mohamed prayed, he asked forgiveness for his sins and for the fact he had only known Jesus as a prophet and not as a Savior. Immediately, he felt the power of all the burdens he had carried lift and be replaced with joy. Within three months he quit cigarettes and alcohol. He abandoned his violent ways and asked his parents to forgive him.

His parents wept and sought to understand the change in their son. Little by little, his family saw Mohamed’s transformation and they are all now saved. The hardest family member to change was his brother who was president of Muslim worship in Algeria. Telling Mohamed “Don’t talk to me anymore. You are no longer my brother,” his brother persecuted him for three years. Yet today, this brother is also a Christian.

Mohamed ends his testimony be expressing thanks to his hero, Jesus, who fought against the illness accompanying suicide, the stress and the anguish. He then asks for God to bless the audience.

1 Comment

  1. French Connection - Shirley Desmond Jackson on August 31, 2019 at 7:17 PM

    Thanks for reading this translation of Mohamed’s testimony. I referred to this in my blog post, French Connection. If you are interested in reading more, click on the link above.

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