Have you ever wanted to take a journey inside the mind of a Muslim? Have you ever found yourself wanting to sit down and have a conversation with a person of Islamic descent and ask him/her why they believe what they believe? Have you ever found yourself simply wondering why does it matter what god or God you believe in, because don’t all paths lead to the same place? If any of these questions have ever crossed your mind, then you need to pick up this book. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus is one of the best apologetic books of the Christian faith I have read in a number of years. The amazing thing is this book is written from a Muslim’s perspective.
However, maybe you have not asked any of the questions mentioned above. Maybe you have never even had a conversation with someone from another faith background. If that is you, then this book is for you as well. Simply put, this book should be read by any Christian in order to gain a better understanding of how we can and should live out the Gospel and be the Church God instituted.
Nabeel Qureshi was a devout Muslim. He grew up in a family of devoted Muslims. From the time he was born, his parents did everything they could to raise him as a Muslim. And for most of his young life, he was a devout Muslim. Nabeel was trained in how to defend Islam and it was not until college where he befriended someone who was just as devout a Christian as he was a Muslim. Throughout most of his life, whenever Nabeel encountered a Christian, he was prepared to show them how foolish their beliefs seemed. In most instances, Nabeel was able to get his point across and would leave the Christian with more questions than answers. Thus, when he began college, he had never had his faith tested to the point where he decided to take a deeper look at what he claimed to believe. It was in his freshman year at ODU that Nabeel befriended David Wood. His life would never be the same. In spite of all of their differences, they became friends and it was this friendship that would lead Nabeel to begin questioning everything he had ever learned and been taught regarding the Muslim faith.
This book is not only a personal account of Mr. Qureshi’s journey, but it is a book that helps guide Christians to a deeper understanding of what it is Muslims really believe; and not just about their own faith, but what they believe about Christians as well. This is what makes Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus a necessary book for basically any Christian.
In the beginning of the book, Nabeel presents 3 purposes for writing this book (p. 17-18):
- To tear down walls by giving non-Muslim readers and insider’s perspective into a Muslim’s heart and mind.
- To equip the reader with facts and knowledge, showing the strength of the case for the gospel in contrast with the case for Islam.
- To portray the immense inner struggle of Muslims grappling with the gospel, including sacrifices and doubts.
Each purpose is accomplished with ease. Through reading this book, the reader is taken on a journey that stirs the heart and mind. I constantly found myself questioning whether or not I would be able to refute any of the arguments against Christianity that Nabeel presents in this book. If we as followers of Christ are to be the witnesses to the world that we should be, then we should be putting forth the effort to learn what we believe and why we believe it. If we only know what we believe, and not why or how to back up what we believe, then we will fail at being the light of the world.
One of the biggest points of tension in this book is the relationship with his family, and especially parents. One of the things Christians do not understand is that when a Muslim comes to put their faith in Christ, most of the time, they lose any and all relationships with family and friends who are Muslims. We as Christians do not understand this because for most Christians, we keep our close relationships even though we might believe differently than they do. This is not the case for Muslims. In some instances around the world, when a Muslim comes to faith in Christ, it is permitted for them to be killed and is seen as a mercy killing. Nabeel is very open about this struggle and how hard it was for him to be willing to put his relationship with them second to his relationship with Christ. Even today, his relationship with his parents is “tumultuous” as he describes it (p. 286). His parents did not even come to his wedding because of his choice to become a Christian. This book is a great example of how the cost to become a follower of Christ truly is great, but it is worth it.
With that said, go pick up a copy for yourself and a family member or friend. This book is an easy read but you will be greatly strengthened in your faith and learn how to defend your faith in Christ along the way.
In compliance with regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I received a complimentary copy of by Zondervan in exchange for this review.