I dared to call him Father

I Dared to Call Him Father: The Miraculous Story of a Muslim Woman’s Encounter with God.
The title itself, “I dared to call Him Father”, should arouse immediate interest in any book-lover to read this book. It is a compelling true story of a Pakistani lady of noble birth who renounced her Islamic faith and accepted Jesus Christ as her Saviour.

Heartbroken because she had been rejected by her husband, Bilquis turned to the Qur’an to find peace and solace for her soul. She kept coming across the name of Jesus in the Qur’an which led her to read the Bible in the hope that it might shed some more light on this prophet. Very soon she found herself in a struggle – what and who to believe in. Was the Qur’an the true word of God or the Bible? Was the God of the Bible the true God or of the Qur’an? A series of strange dreams simply added to her struggle as she tried to find answers to them. Finally, she knelt and prayed and asked God which book and which God she should believe in. God answered her prayer by asking her a question: “In which book do you meet Me as your Father?” Bilquis knew immediately in which book and God to believe.

The rest of the story is a beautiful testimony of God’s patience and faithfulness in ministering to her as she grew in her faith and relationship with him. It is also a sobering account of the challenges she faced dealing with rejection and threats from her family and community. I dared to call Him Father is a powerful story of faith and courage that every Christian should read as well as those who are seeking God.

I Dared to Call Him Father is the fascinating true story of Bilquis Sheikh, a prominent Muslim woman. Her unusual journey to a personal relationship with God turned her world upside down-and put her life in danger. Originally published in 1978, the book has sold 300,000 copies and is a classic in Muslim evangelism. The 25th anniversary edition includes an afterword by a missionary friend of Bilquis who plays a prominent role in the story and an appendix on how the East enriches the West.
Bilquis Sheikh was the wife of a high-ranking government official in Pakistan. She gave her life to Jesus Christ in 1966. In 1972, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, she resettled in the United States, where she spoke widely and shared her faith with many. Years later Bilquis returned to Pakistan, where she died in 1997. She was given a Christian funeral.