A former Muslim woman who reportedly was struck on the head by her father, deemed dead and abandoned in a desert well was saved by Jesus at the bottom of that well and brought back to life, according to an accounting published by Godreports.
"Ramza" was born into a strict, orthodox Muslim family in the Middle East. "I was a religious girl from my childhood," she told Bibles for Mideast. "I was always in front of the line for the Islamic practices for reciting the Koran, doing prayers five times a day, and fasting on the month of Ramzan."
She said she kept the tradition of wearing the "abaya," with full head and face covering.
Ramza's father reportedly had 13 children among three wives.
After Ramza completed her education, a former schoolmate surprised her one day by sharing details about Jesus Christ. "She was the daughter of a pastor, ministering with Bibles for Mideast. But I never accepted her message and arguments. She gave me a sample gospel (tract)," Ramza said.
After Ramza's graduation, her father suggested she marry an older, wealthy man, who already had three wives and several children. Ramza said she would have been younger than the man's youngest child, and she wanted desperately to continue her education. "I pleaded with him not to arrange my marriage now, but to send me for further studies. My father denied my request. I argued with him, for I was unable to imagine such a marriage. He did not listen to me at all," she told Bibles for Mideast.
Ramza said she told her father she would run away from home before the marriage could take place.
Enraged that Ramza would question his authority, she said her father suddenly grabbed a chair and hit her on the head with one of its legs. She said she collapsed, bleeding profusely from a broken skull. Her father and stepmother reportedly then tied up her dead body, stuffed it into a large plastic bag and placed it in the trunk of their car. They drove many miles into the desert until they arrived at a secluded date plantation on which they found a dry well on the property and threw Ramza's body down the shaft.
Ramza said she had the awareness that her soul was going into a place of terrible darkness, which she believed to be hell. Her life flashed through her consciousness and she remembered her friend giving her the Gospel. She said she tried to reach out to grab the Gospel, but her hands could not touch it. She said she had the sense if she could possess it, her soul would find rest "in an amazing garden."
As her lifeless body hurtled down the well, she said there was "a strong, healthy and beautiful man" standing at the bottom of the well. "He caught the sack of my dead body in His hands," she recounted. She said he then untied the sack, placed his hands on her head and back, and breathed life into her physical body.
"I opened my eyes like waking up from a dream. I saw the nail marks in His hands," she said, knowing it was Jesus.
Then she said Jesus picked her up in His arms and took her out of the well. He said, "I am the resurrection and the life; he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live (John 11:25)."
"Jesus, you're my Lord and Savior. You were crucified and died for me. You are risen indeed. I am yours. I believe in you," Ramza said. But as she lifted her head to look at Him, there was no one there. He disappeared.
In a nearby village, shortly after Ramza's experience, a pastor and his wife said they received a vision: "Arise and go to a date plantation where you will find a young woman who needs help."
Ramza said she didn't know what to do or where to go. "But I was so happy. I was praising and thanking Lord Jesus. Within a few minutes, a husband and wife from Bibles for Mideast came to me. They introduced that they are Christians and the Lord Jesus guided them to me. Now I have been born again by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior and I have become a citizen of the Kingdom of God."
She said the couple gave her a Bible and took her to a farmhouse where she could live with five other women. "They are born-again women. They teach me more about the Word of God and we worship Jesus together in our house church."
"I don't want go back to my parents unless they accept the Lord Jesus Christ," she told Bibles for Mideast. "Pray for my family members, relatives and all the people of Middle East to be saved."