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Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity Paperback – 1 Feb 2014
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About the Author
Nabeel Qureshi is a speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He holds an MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola University, and an MA in religion from Duke University.
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The gospel may be the same but everyone's salvation is unique because our God is a personal God. Philippians 2:12 says that we have to work out our own salvation. This book records the journey that Qureshi made. Our stories may be different but all Christians are brought to the same place - that is, at the foot of the Cross, broken, crying, wailing, utterly helpless but eternally grateful for the message of grace and God's mercy. The cost of the Cross is not to be taken lightly but the weight of the truth and Christ Himself give us the strength to bear it.
This book is no exception as a wonderful testimony but it has much more to commend for. Qureshi's quest for the truth was sincere. His journey leads us into the heart of a Muslim trying to reconcile his Muslim upbringing with the truth of Christ. He gave God a fair hearing, let evidence speak and let reason take hold of his mind. Yet his heart is not ready to go where the mind is. That takes time, the Holy Spirit and personal encounters with God. When Christ became irresistible to Qureshi, it was hard and very painful as the step tore him apart from the life he had always known and the family whom he loved. It was very moving.
Qureshi documents his journey of finding out the facts of both Christianity and Islam, not from a viewpoint of a know-all scholar but as a genuine seeker. This part of the book is very informative, as I have never known what and how a Muslim is taught. It gives me insight into their belief system and the resources that are available to them. It does improve my understanding of Muslims and how they think. How Qureshi places the details of Islam in the context of his personal quest for the truth makes the presentation of Islam digestible. It has never become onerous in this book. Instead it is fascinating.
This book therefore is very helpful for us all indiscriminately as we are bound to meet some Muslims in our life. This book reveals some of the key prejudices they have been taught and programmed against Christianity. Those were the arguments that Qureshi needed to take down himself to reach the truth. His experience therefore will prepare and equip us to reach out to Muslims. This is a must-read for every one. At the start of the book, Qureshi described how lonely he had been at school until he went to college. He wondered why no Christians approached him to talk about Jesus if they believed Him and were prepared to see to him go to hell, does it mean that Christians do not love him? That really gets me. Because of my ignorance, I never know how to approach them. I often assume that they are devout and therefore they are certain of their faith. The implication of challenging their faith is also too huge. But this is a wrong assumption as devout Muslims can be in turmoil inside as Qureshi's experience has shown us. If they are to question their faith, they almost certainly have to do it alone as the tradition does not allow them to question. It would be a real support for them if there are Christians whom they can turn to outside their circle who can act as a sounding board and understand their struggle.
Finally I think we have to see how courageous Qureshi is in writing all these down. His finding leads him to the conclusion that he cannot build an objective case for Islam. In a society that stresses tolerance, we probably would hesitate to criticise Islam. I wonder if he has received death threats as a result of this book and what was his parents' reaction when this book was first published? For us, we don't need to speak it, but will we have the courage to give this book to a Muslim friend, say? Will that be welcome or will that be offensive? To an open minded Muslim, this book is a dynamite. This therefore is a marvellous tool that can be used in many ways. The question is if we have the courage to do so. May God guide us.
This book is a great encouragement to those of us who seek to bring people to the Lord Jesus, and is very challenging in how to care for those outside of Christ.
Growing up within a Muslim family that strictly adhered to the Islamic faith, the author lived by every word of the Qur'an and absolutely nothing else mattered more to him than following the very teachings of the prophet Muhammad and His god Allah.
Later in life, Nabeel Qureshi came to realise that there were a lot of inconsistencies within Islam and he eventually began to question the Qur'an's authenticity when learning more and more about Jesus Christ.
At first Nabeel Qureshi thought that Jesus had merely been a simple prophet, but finally was left to conclude that instead, Jesus Christ was much more than he had realised.
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus is a riveting book to read for any and all Christians.
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