Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters


Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity Sometimes you read a book and love it so much you want everyone you know to read it too This is that book It is so good I did not want it to end I loved the friendship between Nabeel and David their playful banter but also their ability to discuss controversial faith matters in depth while still remaining best friends David s ability to question Nabeel while still being a fun and awesome friend is a real challenge to me How do I share the gospel with my friends who have their own religion Sometimes you read a book and love it so much you want everyone you know to read it too This is that book It is so good I did not want it to end I loved the friendship between Nabeel and David their playful banter but also their ability to discuss controversial faith matters in depth while still remaining best friends David s ability to question Nabeel while still being a fun and awesome friend is a real challenge to me How do I share the gospel with my friends who have their own religion How do I speak of real matters of faith and the heart in a way that shows my genuine love and concern Nabeel s story shows the importance of being willing to engage people in theological matters, something I tend to shy away from focussing instead on my personal experiences with my loving Creator This book has encouraged me to reconsider my approach Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus is also excellent in explaining Muslim beliefs and practices as well as in showing the evidence for Christianity I feel like telling every Christian I know to read this book Your own understanding of your faith will be richer and you will also walk away realising why some Muslims do genuinely believe Islam is a peaceful religion and why some don t Thank you Nabeel for being so courageous in your pursuit of truth whatever the cost I was a bit dubious about this book due to the references to supernatural dreams and visions that the publisher has splashed everywhere obviously for the purposes of sales However, I was pleasantly surprised the supernatural aspects are not the focus of the book, instead the focus is a close friendship developed by the Muslim author with a Christian school friend over a number of years This in conjunction with the Spirit of God ultimately led to his conversion from Islam to Christianity.His I was a bit dubious about this book due to the references to supernatural dreams and visions that the publisher has splashed everywhere obviously for the purposes of sales However, I was pleasantly surprised the supernatural aspects are not the focus of the book, instead the focus is a close friendship developed by the Muslim author with a Christian school friend over a number of years This in conjunction with the Spirit of God ultimately led to his conversion from Islam to Christianity.His account is compelling and very readable I found it hard to put down He explains his upbringing in a strict Muslim family, his parents being his role model, and his faith his life He explains his Islamic beliefs and practice and the difference between the Eastern shame culture and the Western right and wrong black and white He provides good examples of how conflicts easily arise in the hearts of Muslims when they are asked to challenge the hierarchy their elders They are taught to obey believe without question from a young age even when their intellect is telling them that something is suspect The author details how they would rather ignore the facts than risk shaming the family This he explains at length by documenting his own emotional turmoil when he begins to be challenged by ChristianityOf course, like all people, Muslims in the East and West generally just believe what they are taught Rarely is there much critical investigation into historical events, and the few that invest the effort usually do the same thing I had done attempt to defend what is already believed, potentially ignoring or underestimating evidence that points to the contrary This is only natural, since it is extremely difficult to change beliefs that are dear to the heart.His friendship with David, a Christian friend, develops due to both of them having a sincere faith albeit in a different God They stand apart from the US culture which is pretty worldly The author has reproduced the many discussions they had and the questions that arose in a lot of detail He read numerous books during this period and it s clear that his search for the truth was sincere He began his research intent on converting David to Islam or at least proving that Christianity was unreliable He failed and becameandaware of this as time went by He has a strange experience where he asks God it is not clear which God he is addressing to reveal the location of his friends in a large gathering and God sends him a sign in the sky directing him to his friends I m not sure what to make of this but it doesn t move him much further forward faith wise.His first visit to a Christian worship service didn t assist him in his search for the truth either and we would do well to hear and reflect on his comments I had never seen any of this before, and it all seemed very irreverent to me Worship was supposed to be a solemn, reflective time of bonding between man and God, yet these people were banging on drums and asking for money At the mosque, no one was allowed to stand in front of you while you worshiped so that you could focus on worshiping God That there were girls on stage during a worship service seemed to border on sacrilege So the worship service disturbed me and left a sour taste in my mouth I thought, If this is what it means to worship God as a Christian I want nothing to do with it However, David, his friend, was walking the talk and this was undeniable Effective evangelism requires relationships There are very few exceptionsI m not sure I totally agree with the above statement as there are circumstances where the Holy Spirit has prepared the heart of a person and people are individuals and respond in different ways But I definitely think that relationships are often key in evangelism amongst Muslims as it s necessary to negate the negative image they have of Christianity based on Western culture This is best done through building friendships and demonstrating a sincere Christian faith on a daily basis and over a period of time.The author eventually came to the point where he knew the truth but couldn t embrace it wholeheartedly due to his ingrained beliefs about Islam and his fears about hurting those he loved and possibly being ex communicated or worse It was at this point that he began begging God for dreams, having previously begged Allah with no reply I would reach a point in my life when I spent many prostrate hours begging Allah for guidance through dreams And as it turned out When I got one, I knew it was from Him Dreams are the only means I know of by which the average Muslim expects to hear directly from God.I wasn t sure what to make of this The author claims that God sent him three dreams and that he knew after the first one that there would be twoHis first dream was somewhat bizarre involving various creatures and people The meaning wasn t clear so he asked his Muslim mother to look up all the symbols creatures in her dream book He then uses her response to interpret his dream He does the same with the next two dreams although these seem to have a clearer message leave Islam, convert to Christianity I m not convinced that God would have us use a Muslim s dream book to interpret dreams that He has sent..However, I don t believe these dreams detract from his story as it is clear to me that he would have converted without the dreams Maybe God was gracious to him knowing how hard it was due to his family situation.Leaving aside the supernatural encounters that I m not sure what to make of This is a great book for a Christian to use for evangelism It covers many of the common arguments that Muslims have in relation to the Bible and other crucial aspects of the Christian faith It also reveals a surprising level of ignorance of Muslims about their own faith due to their cultural hierarchy We can learn from this and ensure we are patient when seeking to evangelise and not unnecessarily offending our Muslim friends.I recommend this book for Christian readers with a heart for evangelismRead Tim Challies review here First let me say up front that this is the personal story of a young man who left Islam and became a Christian That s for those who are concerned The account is given with respect and love There are no attacks here only a first hand account of a journey that was not easy and was and probably still is often painful.Allow me also to say I recommend this for Christians in the West , that is those of us who live where Christianity is the most common religion We are often not conscious of th First let me say up front that this is the personal story of a young man who left Islam and became a Christian That s for those who are concerned The account is given with respect and love There are no attacks here only a first hand account of a journey that was not easy and was and probably still is often painful.Allow me also to say I recommend this for Christians in the West , that is those of us who live where Christianity is the most common religion We are often not conscious of the sufferings of our brothers and sisters in the East as persecution of Christians has become prevalent and has been prevalent there This young man had to put his entire life on the altar so to speak All he was, all he believedhis family all for God.Yes I recommend this one 5 stars Powerful testimony from an ex Muslim on how he went from being a passionate Muslim to a passionate Christian Nabeel Qureshi RIP retells the story of how he went from being an ambassador for Islam to an ambassador for Christianity As a teenager, Qureshi often debated with his Christian classmates over the divinity of the Jesus and the reliability of the Quran It s quite impressive how eloquent Mr Qureshi was as a teenager and how he was able to convert despite the pressure from his family Powerful testimony from an ex Muslim on how he went from being a passionate Muslim to a passionate Christian Nabeel Qureshi RIP retells the story of how he went from being an ambassador for Islam to an ambassador for Christianity As a teenager, Qureshi often debated with his Christian classmates over the divinity of the Jesus and the reliability of the Quran It s quite impressive how eloquent Mr Qureshi was as a teenager and how he was able to convert despite the pressure from his family In addition, I liked that he included footnotes of the resources he went through while in his journey with faith This book is better for explaining the mindset of various kinds of Muslims than portraying the Christian faith as true,peaceful, and better than Islam The ironic thing is that even though the author s faith in Islam was shaken because of contradictions in the Quran and inhumane treatment of people e.g men allowed to rape women captured in war, beheading men and children , he could of used his same grievances against Islam for the Bible, especially in the Old Testament The author conve This book is better for explaining the mindset of various kinds of Muslims than portraying the Christian faith as true,peaceful, and better than Islam The ironic thing is that even though the author s faith in Islam was shaken because of contradictions in the Quran and inhumane treatment of people e.g men allowed to rape women captured in war, beheading men and children , he could of used his same grievances against Islam for the Bible, especially in the Old Testament The author conveniently spent most of his time in the New Testament, seemingly missing the point that the God in the Old Testament who had men, women, and children of entire civilizations killed without mercy is the same God in the New Testament Not to mention that the New Testament predicts that God will kill everyone in hellfire who doesn t believe in Him the wicked , women and children included When the author, referring to how the the Quran mercilessly destroyed families by killing the men and boys while selling the women into slavery, said, What if that happened to me and my family , I thought that he could of used the exact same reasoning in the Old Testament where similar things happened repeatedly when the nation of Israel, under the command of God and Moses, mercilessly destroyed entire civilizations and even took women for themselves who were captured Of course it is easier to make the Bible seem slightlypeaceful than the Quran when you ignore the Old Testament of the Bible and the ultimate fiery doom of the world that the New Testament predicts.Further, there are numerous contradictions in the entire Bible too The author seems to be oblivious to all of this and doesn t answer a single one of the alleged contradictions And then there was a weird part of the book where the author has a conversation with one of his best Christian friends, David, and receives an eyebrow raising statement Starting on page 130 Alright, David, I ve been looking into textual criticism some , and I ve found problems What do you have Looks like I was right about whole sections of the Bible being interpolations Bible scholars are saying that the end of Mark is not original, and neither the story in John about the woman caught in adultery You know, the story where Jesus says, Let he who is without sin cast the first stone Yeah, I know the story YOU RE RIGHT, THEY RE NOT ORIGINAL TO THE TEXT WHAT S YOUR POINT capitalization added for emphasis Later on, David makes an even weirder statement about parts of the New Testament Bible Starting on page 132 And I told you, VIRTUALLY NO SCHOLAR CONSIDERS THOSE SEGMENTS AS PARTS OF THE BIBLE ANYMORE capitalization added for emphasis You need to show me a major change in something we actually consider a part of the Bible David made these weird statements about the end of Mark, an entire story in John, and the part of first John that talks about the Trinity Father, Word, and Spirit are one Who would believe any part of the Bible to be true if it has made up stories in it This is when I began to realize that David was not the normal Christian who took the entire Bible to be the Word of God In fact, no where does David or any other Christian in this book attest to the Bible being the Word of God They make the Bible to just be a collection of manuscripts compiled by men over time that may have interpolations additions added to them Hence the reason David believes entire parts of the Bible are basically fabricated The author had every reason to be shocked as much as I was shocked at this attitude David and seemingly other learned Christians had towards the Bible.Next, when it came down to answering the author s questions about Christianity at these religious panels someone had at their house where learned Christians would gather with people from other religions, the Christians would say something like, Most scholars agree that Jesus rose again It s a universal fact What am I supposed to do with that If I don t want to seem stupid I must agree with these learned scholars about the resurrection of Christ And then they brought up some vague account about how a coin was found somewhere in the Middle East that backed up the New Testament s claim that a certain ruler was in power So what What does that have to do with the power the Bible professes to have There was no cold hard facts that these learned Christians could bring forth about the resurrection of Christ being real besides most scholars agree that it happened They relied on the opinion and beliefs of others to back up their beliefs.In the end, it was not the striking truth of the Bible and its power that pushed the author over the edge away from Islam into Christianity, but three obscure dreams, two of which required a Muslim textbook to interpret ironically So what s the message of this book If you want to be a Christian, the Bible is not enough, you need supernatural events and dreams happening to you in order to make you believe without a doubt that God and the Bible are true.The author could of made this book three timesinteresting if he gavedetail as to how his relationships with his Muslim friends and family changed He spent a great deal in the beginning detailing Muslim culture and tradition, but in the end as he was moving away from Islam into Christianity, he spent no time letting the reader know how his relationships with his Muslim family was changing He finally gives a scant account at the end of the book about how it changed after he accepted Christianity, but I wanteddetailed conversations instead of a single sentence between his mom and dad What exactly were their objections to his new faith as he tried to explain it to them in a way a Muslim would understand I also wanted to know what was life like as a Christian as opposed to being a Muslim Another opportunity for gold lost Pick this book up prepared to learn interesting things you didn t know about Islam, not to be swayed by any Biblical truth I ve been a Christian all my life This year I set aside 11 months to travel the world and live in over 11 different countries Each country has provided a different lens in which to view myself, my faith and my home America But in months when I was living in Muslim countries I had a hard time understanding their culture and practices Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus has proved to shift my perspective and understanding of what it is like to convert to a new faith, especially one as deeply rooted I ve been a Christian all my life This year I set aside 11 months to travel the world and live in over 11 different countries Each country has provided a different lens in which to view myself, my faith and my home America But in months when I was living in Muslim countries I had a hard time understanding their culture and practices Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus has proved to shift my perspective and understanding of what it is like to convert to a new faith, especially one as deeply rooted as Islam Until now, my perspective on Islam was one given by Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC Now my eyes have been opened and a newfound compassion has been born for Muslim people Regardless of what one may think about this book, I hope all can see it as a new conversation starter on the similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam If there is a book, that challenges an Islam faith to the root, without trying to hiding its strong points but also without compromising the weak cases.If there is a book, that shows how bias a human being can be no matter how knowledgeable and wise he she is when fierce questions are aimed towards his her belief.If there is a book, other than the Bible itself, that boldly strengthens a Christian faith both academically and emotionally.This book embodies these expressions And.If you are If there is a book, that challenges an Islam faith to the root, without trying to hiding its strong points but also without compromising the weak cases.If there is a book, that shows how bias a human being can be no matter how knowledgeable and wise he she is when fierce questions are aimed towards his her belief.If there is a book, other than the Bible itself, that boldly strengthens a Christian faith both academically and emotionally.This book embodies these expressions And.If you are a non believer of Christianity, in this sense , this book will help you to think critically I mean it about your own belief and not just holding on to a blind or lazy faith.If you are a Moslem, you will be stimulated on re discussing everything that you believe and not believe about Muhammad and Jesus, Quran and Bible.If you a believer especially for those having shakings in their faith you will be reminded on how God can transform one s life miraculously and why God isimportant than anything in your life, even your family or work.Me personally I was on the latter category, and my soul just got crushed after reading this as if I re embrace my first love to God.Not to mention this book is easy to read, as it s wrapped up in set of flowing yet thought provoking, life stories.No matter which position you stand, after reading this book, you can t just ignore what Nabeel Qureshi shared with his life experience At the very least, it touches the soul, and who knows if it is the one sign you need to re examine your life boat you re rowing right now An Unexpected Journey from Islam to Christianity In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi s inner turmoil will challenge Christians and Muslims alike Engaging and thought provoking, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus tells a powerful story of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man s heart and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus ❮EPUB❯ ✻ Poltergeist (Greywalker, ✶ Author Kat Richardson – 9facts.co.uk Finding Jesus [BOOKS] ✬ OBaby Author Geoffrey Johnson – 9facts.co.uk Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity [Epub] ➟ Defiant (MacKinnons Rangers, By Pamela Clare – 9facts.co.uk complete with friendships ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ 21 Divisiones de Los Misterios Sanses By Ernesto Bravo Estrada ⚣ – 9facts.co.uk investigations ➨ Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning, Ebook ➮ Author Ellen Connor – 9facts.co.uk and supernatural dreams along the way Providing an intimate window into a 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had with a person who reviewed this book and was on my friends list, I feel compelled to write my own review I think most people know the background of Nabeel Qureshi s conversion, but I will give it quickly Nabeel was brought up in an Ahmadiyya Muslim American home and was a devoted follower of this religion When he entered college he met a man named David Wood a dev I actually read this book some time ago I don t list every book I read, that s why it isn t on here Due to an interaction I had with a person who reviewed this book and was on my friends list, I feel compelled to write my own review I think most people know the background of Nabeel Qureshi s conversion, but I will give it quickly Nabeel was brought up in an Ahmadiyya Muslim American home and was a devoted follower of this religion When he entered college he met a man named David Wood a devoted Christian and they became friends They regularly debated about each person s respective faith and this began as a debate on Christianity, which David was able to make a convincing case for, and they proceeded to debate Islam, which Nabeel couldn t make a good case for The problem for Nabeel is that he had not read much of the Hadith The Hadith shows the background of the Suras That background itself became hard to justify when it became known at the same time, Nabeel felt the pull of God through the teachings of the Bible He still remained on the fence for a while though After a few dreams he had had, he was convinced that God was leading him to become a Christian This book details in wonderful fashion the struggles Nabeel had Sadly, Nabeel passed away recently, but this book stands as a great testimony I also want to comment not on the Islamic reaction that Nabeel received, but the negative Christian reaction You would think that Christians of any denomination would praise God that Nabeel converted, but that just isn t the case He received much criticism from fundamentalist Christians who really have nothing better to do than search out every book and teaching that doesn t align with their highly biased and humanly dogmatic take on scripture It s not surprising that most of the denominations that spill out heresy hunters in droves are Calvinist in background They carry all the same Pharisaical zeal as a John Calvin standing over the burning body of Michael Servetus It s hard to hide my frustration over these people They can quote the Bible, but the one thing they really don t have is Christian compassion You can see it in some reviews on here and hit pieces by groups like Pulpit and Pen What usually is at issue is the fact that Nabeel s ultimate decision to convert was due to dreams he had had As far as these heresy hunters are concerned, God never guides people like that All I can say is that I am glad God has never had to ask their permission to give me a dream The ego and pride of these people is what they will have to answer for eventually David Wood s testimony is really just as powerful as Nabeel s He was not only an incredibly violent person before his conversion he attempted to bludgeon his father to death , he was also diagnosed with a psychopathic disorder prior to his conversion He has a youtube channel called Acts17Apologetics I watch it regularly I encourage people to do likewise I really encourage people to watch the video of his conversion He uses Plato s allegory of the cave in a Christian context, which I absolutely love God will keep using people regardless of the so called Christian obstacles that stand in the way There were Pharisees that were obstacles in Jesus day, and they will continue to exist until the judgment Aided by an impressive cohort of mentors and legendary Christian Apologists, Qureshi brings to print a very valuable book, showing step by long step his transition from being an active Muslim to accepting Christ Rarely do I put all other reading materials on hold to focus on one book at a time Normally I m reading at least six books simultaneously, but when I began reading Nabeel s narrative, I devoted myself to reading his story straight through Written like a memoir, Seeking Allah, Finding Aided by an impressive cohort of mentors and legendary Christian Apologists, Qureshi brings to print a very valuable book, showing step by long step his transition from being an active Muslim to accepting Christ Rarely do I put all other reading materials on hold to focus on one book at a time Normally I m reading at least six books simultaneously, but when I began reading Nabeel s narrative, I devoted myself to reading his story straight through Written like a memoir, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus illustrates the Biblical truth that those who have eyes to see, will see This book is nearly 300 pages long, but I read through it in just three or four sittings it was that captivating Written with the utmost respect for his Islamic heritage, Qureshi sets out his journey of faith from being fully immersed in the Muslim world of his youth, through his long emotional trek to embracing the Christian faith The grandchild of Muslim missionaries, Qureshi was brought up in a loving home where the Quran was revered and his parents professed their undying allegiance to Allah and his prophet, Muhammad Nabeel s story is engaging for several reasons For starters, we read about his admirable upbringing in a very devout Islamic setting he is raised in an idyllic loving home where he gives insight into the mysterious world of Islam Most Westerners have no idea what happens within the subculture of transplanted Muslims Qureshi s family moved to the US from Pakistan and this glimpse into Nabeel s world is captivating I found myselfthan once infatuated with his homelife as a youth their devotion to prayer and congregational life was seriously impressive Secondly, this book is so mesmerizing, because Nabeel is transparent about his wrestling match seeking the truth of Who God is It s not easy to ask God, Who are you and then to go through the process of analyzing all that you ve been taught to believe This book is fitting for several audience For Muslims seeking to know the truth about the Identity of the True God, for those interested in reaching Muslims, for people who are simply interested in learningabout Islam, for those in the pulpit who would like to address this topicintelligently in a post 9 11 world, and though it is not a textbook, it would serve well in a Seminary classroom too I add this last part based on my Seminary experience I learnedabout Islamic culture and the Muslim faith in Qureshi s book than in an entire semester of Communicating Cross Culturally with Muslims.One of the real gems in this book is the masterful way Qureshi weaves in Islamic terms into the narrative, and then in the margins, with shaded text boxes he unpacks these unfamiliar terms The terms are all categorized in a helpful Glossary at the end of the book, for further study Without employing a dry lecture or boring you with factoids, Qureshi teaches you several key terms throughout the story It is a very clever and interesting way to impart the knowledge of the intricacies of the Muslim world without making the reader feel like they are working hard to learn new words.Towards the end of the book, once God breaks down all the barriers in his heart and mind, Qureshi experiences one vision and a few dreams from God I wish Qureshi had elaboratedon the dreams that helped confirm God was guiding him to become a Christian He goes into detail recording the content of the dreams, but I felt since these dreams were the capstone to his years of researching both faiths, and his impassioned debates along the way,coverage of this supernatural intervention on God s part would ve helped enrich this wonderful book.It s hard not to conclude after reading this book that Christianity has too much fragmentation and petty infighting, and see how this book inadvertently highlights the fact we have bigger issues to address than our personal preferences We need to look past our denominational squabbles and see there is a field white for the harvest A major lesson I took away from reading this book is that no one is too far gone or beyond the reach of the Gospel We can never look at a person who is indoctrinated in another religion even a Muslim and think, they won t respond to the message of Jesus Also, this book reminds us, key relationships are essential in leading someone to Christ Qureshi had seeds that were planted and watered by some incredible people who were close to him, who loved him, and who were willing to invest in a long term commitment I wouldn t be surprised to see this story one day picked up and adapted for the Big Screen Filled with anticipation, it is a moving narrative with an incredible character arc that has all of the tension, conflict and suspense that makes all stories great We are indebted to Qureshi for sharing his path from the Crescent to the Cross May we all be sensitive to the great cost he and other Muslims make, who by turning to Jesus leave loved ones feeling betrayed and abandoned

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