Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus
Are you looking for a new book to read? Occasionally I complete a book that is worthy of a five star rating. This is one of those books:
I just finished reading Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, by Nabeel Qureshi as I prepare to journey to Germany this Sunday to bring the gospel to Muslim refugees. This was a powerful story of a practicing Muslim family that immigrated to America from Pakistan. Qureshi’s father was a career officer in the US Navy.
This story is interesting in that it is filled with apologetics, but from the perspective of the person “on the other side”—the one engaging Christian apologists.
Qureshi’s story is that of a non-radical Islamic family sincerely devoted to a faith they believe to be peaceful, perfect, and answerable to Allah for their good works.
When Qureshi entered college, his best friend was a solid follower of Christ. The story line continues for four years, documenting a warm personal relationship that developed between the two young men, with Qureshi taking aim at the Christian faith, and his friend lovingly disarming each attack. Through the use of apologetics, Qureshi had to be intellectually honest, and view Islam with the same critical methodology that he viewed Christianity. In doing so, he discovered some alarming problems with the life of Muhammad and the compilation of the Qur’an. He also discovered many of the Hadith’s to be problematic.
As I read the story, I couldn’t help but think about the testimony of Rosario Champagne Butterfield from her book, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. (An activist lesbian professor who abandoned her same-sex lifestyle in favor of a relationship with Christ.) Just like Champagne-Butterfield, Qureshi knew his world would be turned upside down once he discovered the truth of God’s mercy and grace. It was a truth he took painstaking steps to solidify before discarding Islam and embracing Christianity. But just as Rosario’s story is clear evidence of the doctrine of election, Qureshi’s is as well.
We often hear of God using dreams and visions to call Muslim’s to faith. Once the intellectual pieces were in place, Qureshi experienced a series of dreams that sealed the deal for him. Coming to faith was agonizing because of his immense love for his parents. He would have preferred death to telling them of his conversion, and went through the traumatic experience of “emotionally killing his father” with his newfound beliefs.
As he “mourned” for the broken relationships with his family following his spiritual discovery, God used Matthew’s gospel to provide him with specific encouragement regarding his circumstances.
Qureshi graduated from medical school, but never became a practicing physician. He is currently in full time ministry with Ravi Zacharias Ministries.
His website is filled with fantastic resources.