When A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity in Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Did you know you can finding Jesus when seeking Allah? In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way.
Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi’s inner turmoil will challenge Christians and Muslims alike.  Engaging and thought-provoking, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus tells a powerful story of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man’s heart—and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus.

This personal of Dr. Qureshi is a compelling yet delicate story of growing up in a different culture, feeling the impact of 9-11 personally, and navigating his own journey of faith. It is fascinating to see the effect of growing up on a young man from another culture to parents whose desire to instill in their child the norms of another culture and religion. He expresses the challenge that this brought and the devotion that he shared for his parents.

The book isn't hard to understand or written at a level to high for most readers. It should be easy for most people to read. Also it is really interesting

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, traces how Nabeel primarily through the witness of a Christian best friend was drawn into a spiritual journey which led him to finally reject the faith of his family at great personal cost and accept Jesus Christ as His Lord and Saviour. Nabeel, who successfully trained to become a medical doctor, gave up a possible lucrative career in medicine to become an itinerant preacher particularly trying to share the gospel with Muslims and helping Christians be more effective in ministry to Muslims.

Nabeel's conversion came after years of study with his Christian college friend who challenged him to test out the claims of the Bible, especially the New Testament and the reliability of his own Scriptures the Quran and the Hadiths, extra Quranic traditions that nevertheless are widely accepted by most Muslims. Nabeel's Christian friend, David, invited Nabeel to debates over doctrines in Christianity which Muslims reject including the deity of Christ, his bodily death and resurrection and the doctrine of the Trinity which Muslims feel is a kind of polytheism.

Over time, Nabeel's intellectual objections to Christianity were dealt with and he began to feel that it indeed could be true. He then carefully examined his own beliefs in Mohammed and the Quran and found that the faith of his fathers indeed had debasingly evil teachings as well as very dubious truth claims. A key moment in this journey was his discovery that Mohammed taught in the Quran that Muslim men were permitted, even encouraged to rape or force captive women of enemy tribes even if their husbands were still alive. Nabeel, personalized this teaching imagining he were part of an enemy tribe and realized that the prophet he had adored in the book he had cherished as perfect, actually taught that it would be right for men to rape his mother and sister in this situation. This revelation was like "dynamite" to his Muslim faith destroying it and leaving him the only option for pleasing God by turning to Jesus Christ.

This book stresses the importance that loving friendships, long term commitments and patience plays in finding the right moments to share our faith. Sadly, in a religious world that so often performs the "slam bang is Jesus your savior" type of evangelizing, the acts of friendship and longevity were the very means by which his friend was able to have emotionally charged conversations that would have been impossible had the friend not been putting his time and love into Qureshi.

This truly is a must read. Not just for those who love their Muslim neighbors and friends and are seeking a way to spread the truth about Christ, but it would make a wonderful gift to anyone who believes that Christianity requires one to abandon intellectual rigor in order to follow Christ.