What are the odds that a son born to a Muslim father, raised for more than a decade in Saudi Arabia, schooled in western philosophy and psychology, and then trained in eastern mysticism, should become a resolute Christian and ambassador of the gospel? Small odds indeed, when counted by human probability. But Dr. Mateen Elass sees this prelude to his  ministry as witness to the amazing power of God to find and call His children to service-regardless of the odds.

Mateen was the second of four children born to a Syrian Muslim who had married an American while studying at the University of Wisconsin. Some years after Mateen’s birth, the family moved to Saudi Arabia where his father worked as an oil company executive. During his early teens Mateen began a search for God, largely through reading. For six years he focused on eastern mysticism and meditation including a stay at an ashram in India. Yet his nagging questions, Who is God? How can I know him? remained unanswered.

God guided Mateen toward an answer to those questions by bringing him into contact with genuine Christians. They repeatedly pointed him to Christ and challenged him, “Read the four gospels of the New Testament. Get to know Jesus.” He took up the challenge. After days of reading, study, and prayer, at the age of twenty Mateen became a follower of Christ. As is common in Middle Eastern families, he soon paid a high cost for his newfound faith: isolation from his father for more than a decade.

By the end of his college years, Mateen sensed God’s call to Christian ministry. After completing a B.A. at Stanford University he graduated from Fuller Seminary, earning M.Div. and M.A. degrees in Biblical Studies and Theology. After several years of pastoral work he returned to school earning a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Durham University in England, studying under the world-renowned NT scholar James D. G. Dunn.

Mateen’s prior ministries include an associate position for a small-town Presbyterian church in Wyoming, solo pastor of a young suburban church in Arizona, and Minister of Adult Education at First Presbyterian of Colorado Springs, a church at that time of more than five thousand people. He then served as senior pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Illinois for seven years prior to completing his pastoral work as senior pastor of First Presbyterian, Edmond, OK, from 2007 to 2015.

In the fall of 2015, Mateen took up a new calling with Voice of the Truth in Colorado Springs, a ministry dedicated to reaching the Arabic-speaking peoples with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Mateen’s particular work is with churches and Christian groups eager to learn about Islam, its claims and challenges, and how to share the gospel winsomely and effectively with Muslims. He is eager to respond to opportunities for teaching and training Christians in these timely matters.

Mateen and his wife Cindy have three children: Brittany and Strider and Kendall, all now adults carrying on productive lives of their own.

His heart is for those who walk where he once walked, those who search but have not yet found the love of Jesus, especially those feeling trapped in the religious strictures of Islam. Mateen sees his experience on both sides of the Christian-Muslim divide as providing a unique opportunity to create bridges of understanding. His great hope is that God will use him to reveal the love of Jesus to those ruled by hate or fear. “God will provide mercy and guidance to those who seek him, and will equip his people to win the world with the love of Christ.”


54 Responses to About

  1. Kory Burel says:

    I am enjoying your book “Understanding the Koran.” I am a baptist pastor in Alabama and have been ignited for the Muslim people or to be ready to share in season or out of season. I recognized my weakness in speaking to Muslims when I took my youth to Six Flags over Georgia. Come to find out and by divine providence, it was Muslim Family Day. I saw a field white for harvest and wanted to prepare myself in every capable way of witnessing or discussing with Muslims. I agree with your book…When are going to win the Muslims by the love of God. I was wondering if you ever do seminars for churches on Islam andI would covet your prayers in my “studies.”

    God Bless You.


    • mateenelass says:

      Thank you for contacting me with such encouraging words! I will pray for you as you study and prepare yourself to engage effectively with Muslims in your part of the world. I do indeed speak to churches and other organizations on a wide spectrum of topics linked to Christianity and Islam, and would be delighted to work with you in any way that might fit your schedule and mine. Wishing you every blessing in Christ,


  2. Jim Cohick says:

    Mateen – great to see your continued blessings on your work and ministry. Hope you and your family are well. I’d love to be able to reach you by e-mail.


  3. R. Sanchz says:

    Dear Pr, I was in Mexico when I got your book Undertanding the Koran, It s the best Book I read in this matter..
    I am Latino.. Worker among the muslims, I was living in Middle east now back in Brazil.
    I really enjoyed the book and it helped me to understand more deeply about this Book.
    God bless you
    R Sanchz


    • mateenelass says:

      Thank you for tracking me down to let me know how helpful my book has been for you. You’ve made my day! May God bless your ministry!


      • Henry says:

        Dear Pr. Mateen Elass,

        I have enjoyed while I was reading your book. It has many good information about Islam. However, I have found out that there are some doubts about whether Koran is God’s words in your book. However, when I have shared this information with my friends they suggested me to read whole Koran and especially pay attention to scientific facts which could not be proved even not possible to think at that time are coming through today. For example, Big Bang theory, how baby is formed in mother’s womb, life of animals such as ants and bees, the shape of earth, how sun moves around earth and how earth turning its around and moon, earth and sun moves on a orbit (Ya-seen 36: 35, 36, 37, 38 versus). and many so facts. I really went through all mentioned versus and facts. They are real. And Even if Mohammed was genius, I started to believe that he could not write these scientific facts such a correct way 1400 years ago. Because Big Bang, formation of child in womb, movement of moon, earth, and sun are all proved after 14,15, and 20 century. How they are all mentioned in Koran. I started to think that 7 ways of recitation of Koran which you mentioned in your book, display different facts. I will be very happy if you go through all mentioned facts from Original Koran (Arabic version) and provide us the real information about them and write a book or send me an e-mail. I will be very happy because I am very confused. As you mention even if the Koran which is Zaid’s copy, which is mentioned your book also and which was written in 7 century, how the Koran includes such facts in a correct way.
        Thank You


  4. rhology says:

    Dear Brother Elass,

    I talked to you on the phone some weeks ago, having been referred to you by Morgan.
    I just wanted to let you know that I bought your book and am about halfway through it. To be fair, I have not dozens and dozens of books about Islam, I have read around a dozen, and yours is by far the best one. So thank you for writing such a good book! I’ll definitely recommend it to others when I get the chance.

    I learned a decent amount from Caner’s “Unveiling Islam” about 10 years ago, but of course since it has become clear that both the Caner brothers are compulsive liars and lovers of power and status, I discount that book to a very large extent.
    And even if they weren’t the liars they are, your book is still better than theirs.

    So, anyway, thanks so much for your help and for writing the book. May the Lord greatly bless you.
    Grace and peace,


    • mateenelass says:

      Thanks for your kind words concerning my book. I hope the second half proves as helpful to you as the first! And may God smoothe your pathway as you seek to serve him in spreading the good news of Jesus to the Muslim world….


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  6. Ted says:

    Great comment on “heaven” by OAR. I heard it pumped in at a store, and the refrain is repeated w/diabolical vengeance.


  7. Cassandra says:

    Please pray Buhari S Buhari. He is a muslim , he came over to my house and saw your book and said he was wanting to read it. Please pray for His salvation.


  8. Laurie says:

    Dr. Elass,

    Thank you for the bravery and honesty of your words. I think as a population (of the United States) we do really want to see Islam as a religion of peace, because to think otherwise is untold fear and we have no idea whether we may stand up under it for we are not “the greatest generation”. Until recently, I would have read your blog and believed that this was only one man’s version of truth and that because he came from a Muslim background he was more condemning than necessary. I read Terry Hayes fiction book, “I Am Pilgrim” a few weeks ago and was completely struck by how a young boy’s thought life and witness of his father’s beheading could be so twisted that he would become an instrument of destruction no matter the cost of human life. Now, I believe it was God’s way of gently telling me my thoughts and opinions are not always correct. Again, thank you for telling the truth and doing so in a manner that is worthy of the name Jesus.


  9. Heidi Palmer says:


    I have really enjoyed your book but I do have to say that when I reached the section “similarities between Christian and Muslim views of God” I was quite surprised of your description of Mormonism. That you didn’t classify it under Christianity while the official name of the church is “The Church of Jesus Christ of LDS”. Our scriptures include the Bible and therefore that is the God we worship. I realize that people sometimes get confused but I would think that if you were going to reference a religion that you would understand it better. So the question to me is that if you are so unaware of Mormonism are you correct with the other information in your book? I would hope so, but I’d suggest you reach out to people that actually belong to the Mormon church to better understand it.



    • mateenelass says:

      Heidi, thank you for your kind comments on my book. Let me suggest that you do some deeper study on what Mormon presidents and apostles have actually said and taught historically before you conclude that I don’t understand Mormonism. Simply because the name “Jesus Christ” is used in the title of the religion does not make it Christian. Islam for instance, considers Jesus to be one of Allah’s greatest prophets — he is spoken of repeatedly in the Quran as Jesus the Messiah, among other titles. And the Quran accepts the Bible as God’s revelation to the human race, as well. It simply is seen as fallible, and so as secondary (correctible) by the Quran. LDS teaching accepts the Bible, “but only insofar as it is translated correctly.” This means that anywhere it conflicts with LDS teaching, it is considered wrong. Doctrine and Covenants in particular teaches a world view that is contrary to the Bible: e.g., that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three different beings, not one. The doctrine of eternal progression, that the God you worship as Father was once a human being on another planet who lived an upright (Mormon equivalent) life obeying his heavenly Father of that planet, and upon his death was exalted to the stature of a god himself, now ruling over this planet, that Mormon men in this world, if they follow the Mormon path well enough will progress to become gods themselves over their own worlds, populating them by celestial sex with their heavenly wife/wives to produce spirit children to be born into that world and follow the same process toward godhood themselves, and so on. These are teachings well known to scholars and those deeply schooled in LDS teaching and practice. They are inherently unbiblical. Early Mormon teaching stated that the heavenly Father in his “flesh and bones” body came and had intercourse with Mary so that the conception of Jesus was different from all others — whereas all (in LDS teaching) are spirit children of heavenly Father, including Jesus, only Jesus is also the literal earthly progeny of heavenly Father through physical sexual relations with the “virgin Mary.” Islam believes that this is what Christianity maintains when it speaks of Jesus as the “Son of God,” and rejects such a view as blasphemy, arguing that God has no literal offspring. Orthodox Christianity also rejects this, saying to Muslims that we do not teach a physical union between God and Mary to produce Jesus. Yet this is precisely what Mormonism has historically taught.

      If you would like specific quotations from “orthodox Mormon source material” to corroborate these things and more, please let me know and I’ll be happy to provide them. Thank you again for your comment.


  10. Bashir says:

    Dear Rev. Dr. Mateen Elass,
    Greetings to you in the most precious name from our Lord Jesus Christ!
    I am very glad to share with you that our Living God has filled my hearts with His burden & vision in in my life to reach specifically to the Muslims by The Gospel of Jesus Christ & plant House Churches inside Muslim community. While Muslim terrorist groups such as Islamic state , Taliban, Al Qaeda and Boko Haram are killing Christians in different countries, He is leading me to reach out to the Muslims for His own glory and help them to know that Jesus Christ is The Only Living God and Saviour.
    I am facing lots of challenges and oppositions by the Militant Muslims but God has protected us and the believers for His own glory. The believers at our fellowship from Muslim background are constantly facing opposition from their own family members, relatives and Militant Muslims for their new faith in Christ.
    The Militant Muslims tortures, beats, mocks, spat, try to burn believer’s houses for their new faith in Christ. The believers are reaching to their Muslim neighbors, relatives and militant Muslims in the midst of persecution & oppositions by His grace & mercies.
    However, I humbly request you kindly pray for God’s protection in my life, family and the new believers from the hands of militant Muslims. Pray also for His wisdom and guidance in all our lives and ministry.


  11. James Glenn Bryant says:

    Please let me apologize for my wife’s outburst during your get together in Colorado Springs on July 27th. It really surprised me, and I took her home as soon as I could get her in the car.
    Jim Bryant


    • mateenelass says:


      Thank you, but everything is already forgiven. I was taken aback that she interpreted my words in ways so contrary to my heart’s intent, but I’m grateful that gave me the opportunity to clarify for everyone else to understand, even if your wife wasn’t in a place where she could process any further thoughts at that point. Thank you for taking the time to come to BJs in the first place, and I hope I’ll have the chance to sit down with you over coffee sometime after we’re settled in the Springs! All the best.


  12. Winfield Jones says:

    Mateen, I am trying to send you an email. Could you email me at wrjones2002@gmail.com.
    Rev. Winfield Casey Jones


  13. Keith Gibson says:

    when you get a chance give me some info so i can stay in touch.I left word at the church but they must not have given it to you.


  14. Jana Fristoe says:

    What is your opinion on allowing the Syrian refugees in to America? I have many Christian friends who want to show “God’s love” to the refugees using Luke 6:26-37 as their mantra. I’m fearful that while showing Gods love is what we are called to do, specifically to our “enemies”…in this case are we not “asking” for trouble instead of addressing trouble?


  15. Syler Thomas says:

    In the wake of the Wheaton College brouhaha, chapter 6 of your book comes to mind. It should be required reading for all Christians, as far as I’m concerned. I wonder if you’d be willing to write something and see if it can get published– perhaps by CT or something similar? Your example of the 6 categories was very helpful for me, and for the students I pastor.


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  18. Clynell Reinschmiedt says:

    Dear Mateen, as always Larry and I think of you often and miss your illuminating sermons. We often walked away from your preaching wondering at how you had helped us understand in a totally new way scripture we had read hundreds of time since we were children. I have read several of your archived articles, and am drawn to them now because I am working with a Muslim documentarian, helping him write the documentary’s narrative about Persian art. I am an art enthusiast and have taught English and American literature, as well as Western Humanities. Learning about Persian art is a totally new and exciting experience for me. What I have learned thus far about Iranian history has put me in the center of a controversy which seems to be one of the themes of your blog: I am inclined to think that love is love, and the only way to truth. So….do not all people who seek love, seek truth? Are we not bound by Christ to love one another, whether Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, and on and on. I am very confused. I have always been taught that Jesus Christ is the only path to God, and that God is love…..not like love, but love itself. So….how do I reconcile the talks about religion I have with my Muslim friend without insisting on Christ’s truth? I have now been exposed to a Muslim friend who is peaceful and tolerant, and the Persian art I am learning about is likewise. I’m a confused Christian!
    Sincerely, Clynell


    • mateenelass says:

      Clynell, you have asked one of life’s fundamental questions: how are love and truth related? It seems to me the key to answering this question helpfully is to focus on defining “love” correctly. You are right in quoting 1 John that “God is love.” But what that means is that the love we experience and share with others is more or less authentic as it is related to God Himself. “Love” is not a reality that stands by itself, but which finds its source in the Trinitarian God of love who created all that is, and whose love infuses His creation. So I would not say “God is love itself,” but “God is love Himself.” His love permeates the human race since human beings are stamped with His nature and likeness, regardless of what they believe or what their race/gender, etc. In your talks with your Muslim friend, I don’t think you need to insist on “Christ’s truth;” instead, you can ask him if he agrees with the premise that true love (agape — self-giving love for the welfare of another) finds its source in God. If he does, you can ask further where he sees that kind of God — in Allah or in the God made known to the world in Jesus Christ. He may not know much about the gospel, but may be willing to learn as you offer to read the Gospels with him and answer his questions!

      You are absolutely right that we are bound by Christ to love all people, not just Christians. But I hesitate to affirm that “love is love, and the only way to truth.” As it turns out, people routinely define love in a variety of ways, and many have never known the kind of love God shows lost sinners — agape love which gives with no strings attached. True love may lead to Truth, as Truth may lead to agape, but neither is a certainty. In my opinion, the one certainty is this: In Jesus Christ, Truth and Love find their fullness and unity, so the way for human beings to discover them more deeply is to pursue a relationship with the Jesus who has revealed himself in and through the Scriptures and is available through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

      I hope my ramblings are of some help. Write me back if I’ve just added to your confusion!


  19. Debbie corwin says:

    I would love to know your strategy for teaching the Muslim about Christ. I have a desire to do just that. I am waiting for God to lead me.


  20. I take pleasure in reading through your blog site. It was unbelievably interesting. 🙂


  21. Papa says:

    Good morning Mateen and greetings from New York State,
    By way of introduction, my colleague Don Little and I are part of http://www.liliastrottercenter.org . We have promoted and used your book ‘Understanding the Koran’ for several years now in a number of graduate and undergraduate courses. Thank you for this work. Our LT Center also offers graduate courses in sub-Saharan Africa where the shipping of books from North America is far too prohibitive. Would it be possible to correspond with you on whether a PDF format of your book could be ‘purchased’ so that we could forward this text to them for a soon to be taught online course? My email is bhegeman@liliastrottercenter.org or benjamin.hegeman@sim.org. I would be grateful to hear from you. Blessings in Christ,
    Benjamin Hegeman


    • mateenelass says:

      Hi, Benjamin! I’m so grateful to learn that you have found my book useful for various courses! I would love to help you out with your needs for sub-Saharan Africa. Zondervan owns the rights to publication of the book, so I’m not sure about a .pdf version, but I will check with them and get back to you as soon as I can. I will email you as well.

      Sincerely in Christ,



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  24. Rod Pinder says:

    Hi Mateen. I sent the following email to Brad Long this morning. He is doing some powerful work on Islam and spiritual warfare. You my remember I mentioned it to you. The note will be self explanatory. I don’t have your email address or I would have simply cc’d you. Blessings, friend.

    Dear Brad,
    I’ve been trying to connect you with Dr. Mateen Elass for a while because I think there would be a dynamic Holy Spirit synergy between his work and yours. You may remember me mentioning him to you. Likewise I recommended “Discerning the Times” and “Prayer Strategy” to him. (I saw him in Houston, I don’t know why I didn’t just buy him a copy. Duh.) Anyway, poke around his blog, linked below. I think it will be a valuable investment of your time.
    In Christ’s Love,


  25. jefferson craddock says:

    Greetings, Mateen. I am new to your ministry and have been greatly blessed by “Understanding the Koran”. Having lived in Saudi for twenty-eight years, (Was your father with Aramco? I taught in its Ras Tanura school all those years.) I always saw it as my calling to present a new picture of Christianity and the West to my Muslim students, none of whom had heard that perspective. Now that I am retired in the USA, I teach seminars at local churches about the relationship between the two religions. My guess is that you are familiar with Dan McNerney’s ministry called “Frontier Fellowship.”. He, too, has a Christ-like love for the Muslim people. Blessings to you and yours.

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    • mateenelass says:

      What a pleasure to make your acquaintance! Yes, my father worked for Aramco, and we lived in Dhahran from 64-84. He was a Syrian-born Muslim, but by the time we were growing up, he had become secularized, and embraced Islam culturally but not as a faith. Even so, when I became a follower of Jesus at age 20, my dad could not accept that and kicked me out of the family. We later were reconciled (thank God) after 13 years of separation.

      Dan McNerney is a good friend. In fact, we were just emailing yesterday about upcoming events. I love the guy and admire how the Lord is using him in the States and in the Arab world.

      I’m glad to hear of your work with churches, teaching on Islam. That’s part of my calling as well. May the Lord bless your efforts for the salvation of many!


      • jefferson craddock says:

        Thanks for the reply, Mateen. Aramco has changed since your days; the schools’ enrollment, for example, is much more represented by Middle Easterners and Asians. But the people are still wonderful folks! Kind Regards, and come visit Arkansas sometime.


      • Jim Cohick says:

        Mateen – Hoping this somehow gets to you – can you send m your regular email address? Thanks – Jim

        Jim Cohick jaclhc@gmail.com Cell: +1-630-330-2868

        On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 9:04 AM, the personal blog of Mateen Elass wrote:

        > jefferson craddock commented: “Thanks for the reply, Mateen. Aramco has > changed since your days; the schools’ enrollment, for example, is much more > represented by Middle Easterners and Asians. But the people are still > wonderful folks! Kind Regards, and come visit Arkansas sometime.” >


  26. phil long says:

    i am so thrilled to have found U; the Lord has led me to an answer to my prayer!

    i live in the area of manchester, NH, where quite a few muslim somali refugees have been relocated. i did not understand the depths of depravity to which islam descended until the past few years, which is shortly after i became aware of the somali folks in our community. the Lord has put a heavy burden on my heart for these folks, because they seek to please God, but are following a vile cult that turns morality on its head to do so. like everybody else who thinks that they can reach heaven by works, they seek to save themselves, and also like all other such folks, they face eternal death without God. how can we let this happen??!!!???

    i have been attending manchester christian church for almost ten years because they are on fire for the Lord. once i grasped the enormity of the danger in which the muslim folks are, i posted on the church website asking for prayer and help from my fellow believers to reach out to them. unfortunately, i did not understand that PC had overtaken *all* arenas of thought, even non-mainline churches, and because my post also included some of the vile beliefs of islam, the post was deleted before i received any responses. i don’t remember what i posted, but no doubt i was full of myself, angry about the invasions of this monstrous cult, and probably thought that *i* could convince people rather than depending on Him. i should have relied on a soft request for help, and on Jesus.

    in any case, it was discouraging. afterwards, i mentioned reaching out once to the men’s group of which i was a part, but they suggested that somebody who speaks somali should be doing the work, not me. since i only know english and am an old dude, and thus unlikely to be able to easily learn a non-romance language, that pretty much shut me down. i have kept praying, though, because He will find a way to do His work, even if i am only peripherally involved. Now that i just today discovered that U have written a book, “Understanding the Koran,” i may be able to reach my church family and eventually my new, lost muslim neighbors. i look forward to reading the book.

    finally, i would like to suggest that U list your books on this page, so one does not have to scroll through all the comments. perhaps U might also want to have a “throwaway” email address at which people can reach U; protonmail.com might be useful, as they know nothing of their users, and cannot read the emails. furthermore, they are located in switzerland, outside the reach of most national governments (for the time being). finally, please consider writing a book instructing believers in how to reach muslims. also, please pray that the invasions we are experiencing become opportunities for the church to reach those for whom God’s word has been otherwise inaccessible.


  27. cezanne greene says:

    I’ve had your book on my shelf for quite a few years and refer to it when I need answers or confirmation for certain situations that come up here in Minnesota where there is a large population of Muslim (mostly Somalian ) immigrants. Your book is very valuable to me because of the content which I totally trust for the truth. I would appreciate an an opinion from your stores of knowledge about the meaning and importance of the Muslim holiday Eid Al-Ahda or feast of the sacrifice. The city of Minneapolis is providing the venue that’s coming up soon for the celebration of this holiday. They expect a turnout of up to 50,000 people of Muslim faith for this event on 8/22 & 8/23 at the TCF Bank Stadium and I’m wondering about what this really means for our city. Is there, necessarily, going to be animal sacrifice? And what really is the purpose of this? I do know there is a cost for each person to enter but am wondering where would any profits that might be generated be going? Maybe you can’t answer some of these questions but would appreciate your speculation of this. Thank you so much,
    Cezanne Greene


    • mateenelass says:

      Hello, Cezanne. Eid al-Adha is the most important religious festival of the Muslim calendar. It occurs at the end of the Hajj pilgrimage, and commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son. The Muslim account of this event does not explicitly name the son involved, but most Muslims believe it to be Ishmael, not Isaac as the Biblical account makes clear. Muslims sacrifice a large animal (if able) in honor of Abraham’s sacrifice of the animal provided by Allah in place of the boy. Interestingly, Islam has no concept of substitutionary atonement/sacrifice in its theology — so the Eid is a festival celebrating the past mercy of God without any assurance of present or future mercy.
      This is what I’ve learned from some research on the “SuperEid”, as its being billed. The city itself is not sponsoring the event, but is renting out the TCF Bank Stadium for 8/21-22. The event organizers are hoping to attract 50,000 attendees primarily from the Muslim community in MN. There will be at least 9 speakers, almost all of them MN imams of various mosques. Tickets are free in advane online, but will cost $5 if not reserved 48 hrs ahead of the event, or if purchased at the door. As far as I can tell, there will be no sacrifices at the stadium. There will be the typical food vendors, and halal food will be available. The organizers don’t expect a profit, and are asking interested parties for donations to help offset costs.

      As far as the purpose of the event, I think it is two-fold: to show Muslims they have solidarity in numbers, and to show the world they are a powerful force to be reckoned with.

      I hope that helps!


      • cezanne greene says:

        Hello Dr. Elass, I want to thank you for your prompt reply to my inquiry. You have been very helpful by informing me with the exact answers needed. I would now like to ask of you permission to send a copy of this information to a radio host who is actually in line with your views on this. If you could possibly reply with a yes or no today or asap I would really appreciate it. I need to inform him before the day of the event. Since you are the expert on this, it will be so helpful to this man to read you words, not mine.
        Thank you so much and may God bless you this day.
        In His strength, Cezanne


      • mateenelass says:

        Cezanne, you have my permission. I hope it helps.


  28. Walt Parkman says:

    Excuse me for commenting here uninvited. The words “Leave a Reply” are irresistible to me. I enjoy reading your story. It is encouraging to see someone escape Islam and become a Christian. So, the world is about 1/3 Christian, 1/3 Muslim, the rest are Hindu, then Buddhists, then a relatively small but growing group of Atheists lurking in the diverse backwaters of faith. In a far corner of atheism are the Extropians (h+), and a small subset of those are the Vindictive Extropians, like myself, who seek physical immortality and supremacy over their enemies. The aged h+ believers take large sublingual doses of Nicotinamide mononucleotide and plenty of Metformin, eat salad, and lurk quietly waiting to merge with Artificial Intelligence and dominate the world. Raymond Kurzweil, a prominent researcher at Google is perhaps the most well known publicly h+ person. Such people do not believe that they are going to heaven or to hell. They believe that they will stay right here and ride a wave of strong Artificial Intelligence to great heights. They expect to reach “Longevity Escape Velocity”. So, with that introduction out of the way, allow me to ask you, what percentage of the colossal mob of Muslims do you think can be converted to Christianity? I don’t expect to have to fight Christians, but I know that all Muslims are already at war with me. They want me dead, which is contrary to my religious beliefs. If the population of Muslims in the U.S. exceeds 5% I expect their attacks to become very bold. I expect to eventually have mortal confrontations with them. They don’t respond to reason, and they are not easily converted. What, truly, has been your success rate with conversion attempts? Thanks.


    • mateenelass says:

      Walt, thank you for introducing yourself, and for asking such a pertinent question! You are the first extropian I have ever met (as far as I know), I had no idea there was such an organized movement!

      As for your question, it is of course difficult to answer with precision. I believe that all Muslims “can” be converted to Christ, but of course not all will. What I can say with confidence is that more Muslims are converting to Christ or departing Islam for atheism (often defecting in place due to the real threat of death for apostasy) than ever before in Islam’s 14 centuries of history. Even more important, the rate at which Muslims are defecting seems to be increasing, for a multitude of reasons, one of the most prominent of which is access to knowledge through the internet, social media, satellite TV and radio which frees Muslims from the prison cell of ignorance in which they have been kept by a totalitarian system.

      My own work in this sphere has produced only a small ripple of change (as far as I can tell), but one rarely sees the full results of one’s impact in the short run, especially since I am not on the “front lines,” so to speak. However, I am in touch with many who are, and their testimony is that a great sea change is underway in many parts of the Muslim world, God is on the move, and the light of truth is dispelling darkness both naturally and supernaturally. But the battle continues for the foreseeable future.


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  30. Alice Elkins says:

    Mateen – I grew up in Dhahran and knew your sister well through school and gymnastics. Today I had lunch with one of our clients (who has a middle eastern name) and I asked him at the end of our lunch where he had grown up. He had also been raised in Dhahran (small world), and gone through our school system through 9th grade. He is a couple of years younger, and I was trying to remember the name of your youngest brother to see if he knew him. I vaguely remembered your name and couldn’t remember if you were he. I looked you up on linked in and scrolled through your accomplishments and ministry. Congratulations on a life so well lived and your work on helping Christians better understand Islam and its followers. I’m definitely going to read more of your postings.
    Best regards,

    Alice (McGowen) Elkins


    • mateenelass says:

      Alice, it’s a pleasure to connect with you! My younger brother’s name is Jareer. I’ll bet he’d be glad to connect with you and learn the name of your client — he stays in touch with many of his classmates and so may already know him!

      Thank you for your kind words, and for your desire to read more of my posts! I hope you find them useful.


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  32. Dan D. says:

    Dr. Elass, an associate of mine linked to your most recent article on LinkedIn and I found my way to your blog. What a fascinating life you’ve already lived and this blog is a wealth of knowledge. Fifteen years ago I recall a guest pastor delivering a sermon in southern CA and he stated “Islam is Satan’s masterpiece.” It has stuck with me ever since.

    Thank you from Prescott AZ.



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