December 13, 2004
Why I'm another religious freak
SAN JOSE, CA (PRWEB) December 13, 2004 -- Donald Fareed, an ordained
Christian pastor and former Shiite Muslim, recently delivered a
sermon entitled "Why I am Not a Muslim," and the provocative
message stirred up a major controversy in his local San Francisco
Bay Area media and in the Muslim community.
Fareed, Founder & President
of the San Jose-based Persian Ministries International (PMI, PersianMinistries.org)
, was invited to deliver the message to the Sunnyvale Nazarene
in Sunnyvale, CA on November 28,
2004. Without Fareed"s knowledge, the little church put the
title of his sermon on the marquee to promote the event, and after
an outcry from two members of the community -- one Muslim
and one not -- the result was explosive.
Fareed is an Iranian American from a Shiite Muslim background
who fled his homeland following the Islamic Revolution in Iran
in the late-1970s. Rebelling against the perceived harshness of
Islam"s holy laws as interpreted by its leaders, he moved
to the United States. After a long spiritual journey during which
he dabbled in Sufism, New Age religion, and Scientology, he converted
to evangelical Christianity about 14 years ago.
of the message was not to offend Muslims, but to communicate why
I changed my religion," Fareed says. Fareed hosts a weekly
television show in the San Francisco Bay Area that broadcasts the
Christian Gospel globally via Muslim satellite television & the
Internet to about 30 million people each week in Farsi, the Persian
As a result of this effort, he reports that thousands of Muslims
in Iran and around the world have converted from Islam to Christianity.
Fareed"s organization, Persian Ministries International (PMI),
is also currently planting home churches inside Iran, where one
of the largest house church movements in the Islamic world is growing
among students, according to a December 4 issue of Voice of the
"With the numbers of young people we are reaching,
and growth of home churches, we are making significant strides
in the Muslim world, and that is a positive sign," Fareed
says. "These young Muslim converts who are coming to Christ
today are the people who will be leading Iran tomorrow. I believe
Iran will someday be a model of democracy in the Middle East."
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