Former Christian Priest Ibrahim Richmond, who performed his first Hajj this year, says he converted to Islam after a series of dreams.
He converted to Islam and inspired thousands of people to embrace Islam. Following his conversion, he changed his name from Richmond to Ibrahim. After several of his videos circulated on social media, he gained immense traction on social media.
“I will follow the footsteps [of Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him] and I believe by following these footsteps millions of my people in South Africa will follow these footsteps to see the light,” he said in a video uploaded on Twitter by Saudi Arabia’s Government Communication Center on Sunday.
“This is the mountain of light. I am the first one in my family to touch here, this soil, this blessed soil,” said Ibrahim.
— التواصل الحكومي (@CGCSaudi) June 25, 2023
He was invited to perform a pilgrimage at the invitation of the Saudi government. The former priest is among the hundreds of state guests under the King Salman Hajj program.
After serving as a priest for 15 years and leading a church congregation in South Africa, Ibrahim’s life took an unexpected turn. He began having recurring dreams that held a profound impact on him. In these dreams, a voice would repeatedly instruct him, “Tell your men to wear white coats.” At first, Ibrahim dismissed the dreams, considering them unrelated to his faith as the message seemed connected to Muslims and their practice of wearing a white cap called Taqiya during prayer.
Ibrahim Richmond, a former Christian priest from South Africa, who converted to Islam recently, was invited to perform Hajj this year part of the King Salman Hajj Programme.
He accepted Islam 3 months ago after a series of dreams. 100,000 of Christians from his churches… pic.twitter.com/1VZSks7zkS
— 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗻 (@HaramainInfo) June 30, 2023
However, the dreams persisted, growing more insistent with each recurrence. The voice became increasingly forceful, compelling Ibrahim to act. Realizing the significance of these dreams, Ibrahim decided to share the message with his congregation.
To his surprise, the congregation members embraced the message without hesitation. As the next congregation meeting approached, Ibrahim conveyed the message again, leading to a remarkable sight. Everyone in attendance donned white kurtas to symbolize their devotion and acceptance of the message. Ibrahim says he feels lucky for a pilgrimage as a state guest of Saudi Arabia.