Hussein Hajji Wario: I am a Former Muslim
I am a former Kenyan Sunni Muslim who was educated in madrassa (Islamic religious school) during my formative years. Upon graduation from madrassa, I became a madrassa teaching assistant and a muadhin (a person who calls Muslims to pray) in my native hometown. I converted to Christianity in August 1989 when I was 14 years old. My people group, the Orma, is one of the “unreached people groups” in the world because more than 99.98 percent is Muslim. I am only the second Orma to convert to Christianity.
My family found out about my conversion through my Muslim schoolmates at a boarding school six months later. Subsequent persecution resulted in the Kenyan government representative in my home area giving a final directive that led to my separation from my family in May 1990. I stayed in different parts of the country with various Christian families from different people groups and nationalities for about six years until I came to the United States in August 1996.
My journey is featured in my recently published autobiography, Cracks in the Crescent. It discusses some obscure aspects of Islam by conspicuously illustrating them throughout my upbringing as a Muslim, my conversion to Christianity and the ensuing persecution. I utilize the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad’s sayings, the Hadith, to make my case.
Portions of my conversion story and the subsequent persecution have been featured in a 1998 book, The Call of Africa; the Grand Rapids Press in October 1996; a nationwide radio broadcast through Radio Bible Class (RBC) Ministries’ weekend program Words to Live By in the United States and in some select countries on October 11th and 12th 2003; and a semi-monthly magazine the Standard Bearer in September 2006. I have shared my story with churches, schools, colleges, and groups in Kenya and the United States. Most recently, I was on Yes FM, a Christian radio station in Toledo, OH, to discuss the plight of Ohio Muslim Convert Rifqa Bary.
I live to give glory to the Lord for saving me. I am grateful, among many things, for His protection from my detractors. I believe that the Lord has called me to be an encouragement to His church and be an instrument in mitigating difficulties it faces in understanding Islam and reaching out to Muslims.
An article in the December 2009 issue of Christianity Today titled “Muslim followers of Jesus?” shows how the church world also grapples with the subject of Islam and Muslims. Prominent Christian scholars’ responses to this article underscore how their advocacy for contextualization undermines the quest for grasping authentic Islamic ideology. For more information, please visit my website to read articles or excerpts of my autobiography. Thank you.
Hussein Hajji Wario
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