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Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity Paperback – April 19, 2016
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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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Nabeel Qureshi opens to us the beauty of a devout Muslim family, their whole lives ordered by their faith and their traditions. Their love for Allah and for one another is palpable in the pages of this book. It is a beautiful picture and one I am grateful to Nabeel for sharing.
Then Nabeel takes us step by step through his search for truth; a search he begins with complete confidence that he will confirm the claims of Islam. For myself, I was reliving the search I had pursued forty five years ago, when my embrace of existentialism had left me so empty and purposeless that I had to reconsider the claims of Christ, just in case they might be true. I found myself anticipating each next step in Nabeel's intellectual journey, as each critical aspect of the truth of Christianity was substantiated by his investigations. I knew in advance what he would find and what he would conclude, because I had walked the same path and reached the same conclusion: the claims of Christ are confirmed by history, science, and reason, if you approach them objectively, seeking to know the truth, instead of seeking to prove your already-held beliefs.
But I also knew the feeling Nabeel expressed at the end of his intellectual journey. A rational conclusion still leaves an unsatisfied heart. To conclude that history sports the claims of Christ is not the same thing as knowing Christ as Savior and Lord. And just like Nabeel, I asked God for a supernatural confirmation of my intellectual conclusions. And just like He had done for Nabeel, God condescended to grant my desire by specifically answering prayer requests that only God himself could provide. I even experienced to a degree Nabeel's family conflicts, though for me it was my mother's amazement and bitter disappointment with my choice after college of seminary instead of medical school.
This is an utterly beautiful story of a devout Muslim's search to know Allah and his astonished discovery of Jesus. As I read Nabeel's description of his joy and relief as the beauty of Christ and Christ's love for him flooded his soul, my own eyes were filled with the same tears of joy and amazement.
Read this book! And as you read it, may God grant you the joy of knowing Him and His salvation.
I knew I was in trouble when I had only listened a few seconds. The dedication at the beginning of the book, read by the author himself, had me bawling like a baby. It is dedicated to his parents, who are still in the Muslim faith. It is so honoring and beautiful, you can't help but cry.
The entire book is read by Qureshi and it is read very well. His voice is clear and soothing; his accent is soft and mesmerizing. Obviously, the story is very personal to him and his emotions come through in his reading perfectly.
The story itself is also incredible. It was beautiful to soak in his loving childhood. It was very informative as to the beliefs of his family. I was unaware of how much disagreement about doctrine that there is within different Muslim beliefs and Qureshi walks through them carefully and respectfully. I found his descriptions of East vs. West thoughts about guilt/shame societies to be very illuminating. It truly is a completely different perspective and makes an incredible difference for anyone with the opportunity to be a witness to a Muslim.