1. A copy of the Bible is placed in their hands.
2. They see the love in a Christian community.
The Muslim community, or ummah, is close-knit, but it is built on shame and reciprocity. Those who leave theummah face ostracism, persecution, or even death. Christians can offer an alternative community, one founded on grace, acceptance, and forgiveness. Most Muslims have never seen this, even in their own families.
A great way to show this to Muslims is to invite them into your homes. Each year, thousands of the best and brightest Muslims from around the world come to study in America. Did you know that most of these will never step foot in an American home during their entire educational career? This is a tragedy.
I recently had a debate with a Muslim scholar, and afterwards, he was telling me about another debate he had recently with a religion professor from a more liberal university. “I did not like the liberal guy,” he said. When I asked why, he answered,
“I think I am more of a ‘Christian’ than he is. I believe more of the Bible than he does. Every time something was brought up from the Bible, he would apologetically explain it away. Your Christian world has two choices: the liberal professor, who doesn’t believe but is charitable, or the angry, hateful conservative. Many Christians won’t go toward liberalism, so they feel they have no choice but hatefulness. What they need is you. You believe every word of the Bible, but you have a generous spirit toward Muslims.”
As Francis Schaeffer famously said, “Love on display is the most effective apologetic.”
3. They are visited with a supernatural dream or vision.
I am naturally skeptical of supernatural dreams and visions.
But I have seen too many Muslims come to faith as a result of dreams and visions to deny that it is a work of God. For whatever reason, God often uses supernatural dreams to push Muslims to investigate Jesus, to find a Christian, or to read the Bible.
This should humble us and remind us that the power for salvation comes from God alone.
When we do not know what else to do, we ought to pray. Pray for your Muslim friends. Pray with them as well. Then stand back and give God a chance to work.