Sunday, December 13, 2015

By Far, the No. 1 Tool in Its Field.

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity
Nabeel Qureshi, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2014


It’s been a long time since a book held my attention the way this one did.  And it did so for several good reasons. First of all, Nabeel Qureshi’s style is personal, professional and captivating. Secondly, he was writing about a topic dear to my heart and very relevant today.  Thirdly, I knew several individuals who had gone through the same struggle as the author.  Fourth, I knew many other individuals who needed to know about his journey. And finally, I needed to learn a lot about Islam myself. This book satisfied all of the above.
The author helps us understand Islam and the thinking of most Muslims in a way that only someone who loved his Muslim faith as much as he did, could do. He painstakingly takes us through his childhood and adolescent years explaining the teaching he received from his mother and father and the ‘elders’ in his community and mosques. He tells us how he learned all the arguments one needed to discredit any opposing religion others proposed to him.  He shares how he desperately wanted to prove his allegiance to the Islamic prophet Muhammad and to Allah year after year against all odds.
He shares with us the prayers he was called to and his dedication to being an ambassador for Islam.  He systematically takes us through his efforts to test the Christian New Testament and to determine whether Christ was a “mortal messiah” or a “divine son of God”.  He challenges the authenticity of the Gospel writings most thoroughly and then turns his attention to discovering all he could about Muhammad.  He wasn’t happy with what he found.  That left him with his only hope, the “holiness of the Quran”.
It was only then, almost near the end of the book, he realized that his faith was in doubt. Now what? How can he be sure about what he thought was truth? And if it wasn’t Islam, how could he abandon it and do this to his parents who loved him so much? It would be like killing them himself.  With the help of others, Nabeel Qureshi, takes the necessary steps to discover what he had always sought – the truth. But as one would expect, the truth can only be verified ultimately by Truth itself and in the very last part of the book, the author shares how where he landed was totally “Guided by the Hand of God” Himself.
This is a must read book by any Christian believer who knows even one Muslim today. Every good Muslim owes it to him- or herself to read the book and do all possible to refute its contents. What amazed me the most was that Nabeel came to his conclusions based on a “friendship” that had no strings attached – he was loved for who he was regardless of what he believed.  His friendship with David reminded me of the friendship between Jonathan and David in the Bible.  You’ll see why when you read this real story of faith, doubt, a search for truth, and the consequences of finding it.
My recommendation is that you buy many copies and give them out to all those that would benefit from reading about this dramatic life journey involving the most critical aspect of who a person is – namely, what he or she believes.  

-- Ken B. Godevenos, Accord Resolution Services Inc., Toronto, Ontario. 15/12/13  

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