Book Rec: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi
“If truth doesn’t exist, then it would be true that truth doesn’t exist, and once again we arrive at truth. There is no alternative; truth must exist.”
Spending time in so many Muslim countries this year had me more curious than ever about the cultural aspect of Islam. A good friend recommended this book, and even if you are not a Christian, I would encourage a read. It’s a powerful testimony of one man’s search to know and be known by Allah.
The most common Muslim objections to Christianity.
The core doctrines upon which Islam stands or falls.
Providing an intimate view 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 struggled with an inner turmoil that will challenge Christians, Muslims, and all those who are interested in two of the world's greatest religions and the quest for truth.
Qureshi - with great courage and intimacy - wrote Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus with three major purposes in mind:
To tear down walls between two of the world's major religions by giving non-Muslim listeners an insider's perspective into a Muslim's heart and mind.
To equip the listener with facts and knowledge, showing the strength of the case for the gospel contrasted with the case for Islam.
To portray the immense inner struggle of Muslims grappling with the gospel, including all the sacrifices and doubts that rise up along the way.
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus is more than the memoir of a man's pursuit of answers to the most important issues of life and faith. Ultimately, it's the story about the transformative grace and mercy of the one true God.
What are your initial thoughts from the book? Were you familiar with the similarities between Islam and Christianity?
Nabeel’s father was faced with the inconsistencies of the Quran and Hadith, yet he chose to overlook them to keep his faith. Do we do the same with our own faith?
Nabeel explains the differences between Muslims born in the West and those that have immigrated. How does this divide impact Nabeel’s family? Why is it such a stressor?
What affect did 9/11 have on Nabeel and his family? How might we be more aware of his suffering and those like him today?