Of course, we must pray for the conversion of non-Christians regardless of their religion, but I stress Muslims in this thread due to what is going on in so many places of the world. It would be nice to see once Christian lands such as the Levant or North Africa to once again be Christian. Right now it is unsafe for Christians just to live in these places and in other places such as Central Africa, West Africa, East Africa and the Horn of Africa. For both political and spiritual reasons a predominantly Christian Middle East and Africa would be beneficial for Christians and even others as Sharia law would get away with so much less.Ultimately, however, this conversion should be for spiritual reasons as that is what God desires: for “all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (cf. 1 Timothy 2:4) and that this should be done through His Son our Mediator Jesus Christ (v. 5). It was 14 centuries ago that Muhammad and his disciples distorted the Gospel as Saint Thomas Aquinas said that he “perverts almost all the testimonies of the Old and New Testaments by making them into fabrications of his own” (cf. Summa Contra Gentiles 1:6:4 [trans. Anton C. Pegis]): that includes a rejection of Christ’s divinity (rf. Quran 5:116), the Incarnation, the Crucifixion (rf. Quran 4:157-158), the Resurrection and the Holy Trinity (rf. Quran 4:171).
Many cities in the Middle East and North Africa were centers of Christendom such as Jerusalem, Tyre, Sidon, Beirut, Alexandria, Damascus, Aleppo, Carthage, Nicaea and Constantinople. Many of the Church Fathers and Doctors came from this part of the world such as Origen, Tertullian, and Saints Polycarp, Ignatius of Antioch, John of Damascus, Cyril of Alexandria, Cyril of Jerusalem, Ephrem of Syria, John Chrysostom and Athanasius. A few popes were also natives of the Middle East and North Africa such as Saints Peter, Victor I, Sergius I, Theodore I and Gregory III. Saint Theodore I was born in Jerusalem which at the time was occupied by the Byzantine Empire but fled for Italy during the Islamic conquest of the Levant.
To this day, thousands of Muslims reportedly convert to Christianity. Here is one former imam who was baptized into the Catholic Church. You can hear his testimony here.
I read an article today on how many Kosovar Muslims, mostly ethnic Albanians, are finding their Catholic family roots and converting.
The photo depicts the Great Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria. The reason it looks like a Christian basilica is because it once was. It was a Catholic basilica named for Saint John the Baptist and it is one of the shrines which reportedly has his head. To this day it has the origin Christian façade and Byzantine architecture.