One of the most remarkable books that I have read in a long while is Nabeel Qureshi’s “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus” a book about a devout Muslim encountering Christianity. I just finished reading this book and gave me quite a lot of insights on a Muslim’s life.
Nabeel chronicles his life from the prayer that his father whispered into his ear when he was born, to his upbringing in a devout, tightly knit Muslim home, to his encounter with David, who came to be his best friend who introduced a historical Jesus to him in an intellectual way, up to his struggles and dreams prior to receiving Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
The author also explains the many deeply held Islamic beliefs, or aqeedah, held by his family like the adhan or the Muslim call to prayer, to the hadith, the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, to attending jamaat or assembly. It was very enlightening for me to know all these things and Nabeel explained it in the book in a very tender and unprovoking manner.
It is also a very intimate autobiography. You can feel the sincerity of each and every word, especially his love for his mother whom he fondly calls Ammi and Abba, his father, to whom he dedicates the book.
Nabeel’s journey is deeply touching. You can feel his passion in reaching the lost using the knowledge that he acquired during his research on Islam and Christianity. He was not acquiescent in his early interaction with Christianity but later on, when many pieces of evidence overwhelmed what he knew, and Jesus doing something profound to prove Himself, Nabeel was obedient, even to the point where he sacrificed his relationship with his family.
I highly recommend this book. Its description on Amazon says its 368 pages long (I read mine in the Olive Tree Bible+ app) but it’s nowhere near boring. I read this during my commute and every time when I was getting off, I was frustrated because I still wanted to read. It is that good!
I don’t know if this book is available locally in the Philippines because I bought my copy on sale for $2.99 at the Olive Tree Bible+ app for the iPad, but on Amazon, it’s $9.96 on Kindle and $10.48 on paperback. Here is the Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Seeking-Allah-Finding-Jesus-Christianity/dp/0310527236/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497705310&sr=8-1&keywords=seeking+allah+finding+jesus
Dr. Nabeel Qureshi is a New York Times best-selling author and an itinerant speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Since completing his medical degree in 2009, he has dedicated his life to spreading the Gospel through teaching, preaching, writing, and debating.
Nabeel has lectured to students at over 100 universities, including Columbia, Dartmouth, Cambridge, Johns Hopkins, Oxford, Cambridge, and the University of Hong Kong. He has participated in 18 public debates around North America, Europe, and Asia. Following the release of his first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, he received the Christian Book Award for the categories of both ‘Best New Author’ and ‘Best Non-Fiction’ of 2015.
Nabeel focuses on the foundations of the Christian faith, ancient Judaism, early Islam, and the interface of science and religion. 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. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in New Testament studies at Oxford University where he lives with his wife, Michelle.
Follow Nabeel on Twitter: @NAQureshi
Visit his website: www.NabeelQureshi.com
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