Nasir Siddiki with shingles in October 1987 (left) and present day.
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The blisters were growing beyond an inch in diameter, spreading from the side of his face, down his neck and onto his shoulder. His ear was so deformed it was hanging down to his shoulder. And the thermometer reading screamed 107.6. He was .4 degrees from death.
It was October 1987 when he was diagnosed with what Canada’s Toronto General Hospital called the worst case of shingles in the hospital’s history. There was no cure. His first million dollars in business profits could offer him little hope now. At age 34, Muslim businessman Nasir Siddiki lay on his deathbed. Doctors were ready to report his death come morning.
Nearly 24 years later, Siddiki sits across from me in Charisma Media’s editorial library, teal eyes shining with passion, as he recalls the night he cried out to Muhammad—and the only answer was silence.
“I knew what was on the other side of death was fearful, but I didn’t know what it was,” recalls Siddiki.
In the midst of silence and fear, Siddiki remembered the numerous healing stories of the prophet Jesus. “In desperation I cried out, ‘God if you’re real, don’t let me die.'”
When it seemed as though the night couldn’t get any darker, a light entered the hospital room.
“It was the outline of a person. I couldn’t see the facial features because there was so much light shining from this person,” describes Siddiki. “This person spoke without opening their mouth … He said, ‘I am the God of the Christians.’ and He said, ‘I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.'”
Hailing from the line of Ismael, Muslims recognize Abraham as the father, but do not recognize the line of Isaac. When the figure spoke, claiming to be the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Siddiki was able to identify the glow.
“It was Jesus Christ,” affirms Siddiki, undoubtedly.
Written by Stefanie Schartel
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