In Nigeria, it is rare to find a Christian to convert to a Muslim. However, the founder and leader of Apata Adura Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Ekute, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, former Pastor Adekunle Afolabi, broke that jinx.
He became a Muslim after practicing Christianity for over 25 years and even rose to become the General Overseer of his church.
Afolabi with members of his church Inset: Afolabi as a muslim
The 45-year-old, now addressed as Alfa Abubakar Afolabi, attributed his conversion to a divine encounter he had with a strange man in white in his dreams who showed him certain flaws in Christianity and convinced him that indeed Islam is the only religion that leads to heaven.
In an interview with The Sun, Alfa Abubakar spoke on his experience as a Muslim.
Read excerpts from the interview below:
How did your journey to Islam begin?
I was preparing for the anniversary when I started having dreams that eventually led to my conversion. At first in the dreams, I noticed my members were sitting on the floor in the church and some of them were covering their heads. I also saw that people were washing their hands and feet before entering the church just like it is done in Islam.
As a prophet in C and S, you would be doing some spiritual work for people, now that you are now in Islam, do you still do the works?
Rendering spiritual help is given to all men by God for their own use, so the wisdom of it is given to me by God, he didn’t take it away from me because that is different from religion. It is a way of livelihood so, if any one falls sick, wants to give birth, is having stillbirth, stagnation at work, that is all what we use that for. He showed me places in the Bible where many prayed to God in Islamic way. By this praying, I mean to kneel down and bow down your head and face down.
What about those who were your colleagues when you were in Christianity as a church leader?
They all left me the day I invited an Imam to come and preach in my church. That day of our anniversary. I have also been relieved of my position as president of our association. The only thing the pastors do once in a while is to call to ask me if indeed I still want to continue in the new faith and I usually confirm it. As for friends, some have stayed while others have left.
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