Dr. Fred Farrokh breaks down the when, what, and why of Hajj, the pilgrimage of Muslims traveling to Mecca. He looks at the significance of pilgrimages in the Hebrew scriptures and in light of the New Testament.
Dr. Fred Farrokh has served as a missionary for decades and currently trains other missionaries internationally. He is a Christian from a Muslim background.
What You’ll Learn:
- The significance of Hajj in Muslim religion
- How pilgrimage differs for Christians compared to the commands in the Hebrew scriptures
- Unique congregational needs of Christians brothers and sisters who come from a Muslim background
About the Guest:
Dr. Fred Farrokh is an ordained missionary with Elim Fellowship. He is an International Trainer with Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples. Before he became a believer in college, he was raised in a Muslim family.
He has served as the Executive Director of Jesus for Muslims in the metro NYC area, its mission is to network individuals, churches and ministries that are engaged in outreach to Muslims for prayer, outreach and strengthening believers from a Muslim background.
Additionally, he has served as the Special Projects Officer with SAT-7 in Cyprus. It is a ministry that broadcasts throughout the Middle East and North Africa to “encourage and strengthen often-isolated Christians in their faith and provide a fresh perspective of faith for those asking questions about Jesus.”
In 2014, Fred received his PhD in Intercultural Studies through Assemblies of God Theological Seminary with his dissertation on Muslim Identity. He is the author of Journey with Jesus: A Spiritual Pilgrimage through the Psalms of Ascent and Prepare for Persecution: Lessons from Acts.
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Timestamped Show Notes:
01:07 – Topic: the Spiritual Pilgrimage from Islam to Christ
03:08 – Family Background and Kids in Ministry
05:18 – Fred’s Spiritual Journey to Christ and Becoming Missionary
06:11 – God Talks Personally to People
06:25 – Jesus Is Not Like the Other Prophets
08:10 – What is Hajj?
09:03 – Salvation by Works
09:51 – Explaining the Arabic Calendar
11:57 – Pilgrimage to Jerusalem
12:48 – What’s so Special about the Psalms of Ascent?
13:36 – Today’s Spiritual Pilgrimage
15:47 – Living in the Tents of War as a Person of Peace
16:56 – Inspiration from the Psalms
17:20 – Unique Needs of Muslim Background Believers
19:53 – Encouraging MBBs
21:29 – Global Trends and Encouragement from International Missions
21:50 – Church Growth in Muslim Majority Countries
22:12 – Iran and Church Growth
22:35 – Theocracy, Disillusionment, Former Terrorist and Faith in Christ
23:20 – Outreach, Preaching, Friendship Evangelism and Hospitality
24:20 – Prayer for the Muslim World and for Believers from a Muslim Background
26:11 – Free PDF Download of Book in English, Arabic, Spanish and French
26:42 – Fred’s Contact Info
26:58 – Cross Cultural Ministry and a Joke That Makes You Go Hmmm