Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

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It also explained how there can be sincere Muslims who hold pacifistic beliefs, as well as, um, ISIS. The last several chapters leading up to Nabeel’s conversion made me cry! His salvation testimony is so beautiful and miraculous. That God granted Nabeel’s request for three dreams to convince him of the truth of Christianity is a beautiful reminder that God meets us where we are and that He can even use the tools of false religions for His good purposes. What a powerful reminder that He is sovereign even over false religions! It was not that Jesus was turning me against my parents. It was that, if my family stood against God, I had to choose one or the other. God is obviously best, even if that caused me to turn against my family. But how? How could I bear the pain?”

I also learned so much about Islam, including the nuances between the different factions, which are not unlike our own denominations in Christianity. What I found really helpful was the discussion of common Muslim arguments used against Christianity, such as the swoon theory, and how to counter them. Nabeel is a gifted writer and storyteller, and he does a great job relaying information in an organized, easy-to-understand way so that you don’t feel lost and overwhelmed. 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. The dream part was cool, like I don't really believe in religious dreams but it was neat that he found meaning there.I was so looking forward to what finally pushed him over the edge and allowed him to leave Islam. But the driving issue was eventually Muhammad and the Quran itself. The challenge is that muslims are so afraid to carefully critique their culture and belief they will fight in ignorance to the bitter end. To be fair - I would do this for Jesus and the Bible as well. a b Barry H. Corey (16 September 2017). "Biola University's President Reflects on Nabeel Qureshi's Passing". Biola University . Retrieved 29 December 2022. Deepen your understanding of the objections to Islam and the case for Christianity. The 8 sessions include: 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 struggled with an inner turmoil that will challenge Christians, Muslims, and all those who are interested in the world’s greatest religions. Not only is this frustrating, the entire book relies on many illogical concepts. For example, initially Qureshi seems to feel that Christianity is not true because the religious texts have changed and there are multiple translations. David counters this by pointing out that the various versions allow people to recognize and catch the differences.

I never said, ‘I choose to remain Muslim because it would cost my family if I were to follow Jesus.’ Far from it, I subconsciously found ways and means to go on rejecting the Gospel so I would not be faced with what I would have to pay.” There's a moment where Qureshi accepts Christianity and then goes, "look at all these people who don't yet know Jesus is their savior, they must know". On a surface level, this is a kind thought- he assumes that if knowledge of Jesus has brought him so much compassion and warmth, it will do so for everyone. And Judaism genuinely doesn't about Paul which is fascinating considering what a role he plays for Christians.

How does an Enhanced Edition compare to the print book?

Ravi Zacharias (17 September 2017). "Why Nabeel Qureshi resonated with so many before his death at 34 - The Washington Post". The Washington Post . Retrieved 18 September 2017. Yeah, I know the story. YOU'RE RIGHT, THEY'RE NOT ORIGINAL TO THE TEXT. WHAT'S YOUR POINT? [capitalization added for emphasis]" A substantially extended epilogue that shares how Nabeel told his friend David of his decision to follow Christ, how his parents found out, and much more

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. I also had the amazing privilege to contribute a short reflection on Nabeel's life and legacy which appears among the new material in this edition. Muslim convert to Christianity Nabeel Qureshi: 'Christ has revolutionised my life' | Christian News on Christian Today". . Retrieved 2016-05-03. I'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. In 2001, Qureshi attended Old Dominion University in Virginia and served as the president of the Pre-Medical Honor Society. He also studied Islamic apologetics and engaged Christians in religious discussions. After one such discussion with a Christian at Old Dominion University, David Wood, the two became friends and began a years-long debate on the historical claims of Christianity and Islam. [10] According to Qureshi, Wood encouraged him to research Christianity and Islam in an equally objective light. [11] Qureshi recounted that he had been happy with his faith and with his Muslim community and did not want to leave it, but he ultimately converted to Christianity after years of dialogue with Wood. He described his conversion as "the most painful thing [he] ever did" because he subsequently lost most of his friendships and relationships with fellow Muslims. [12]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 elaborated more on 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, more coverage of this supernatural intervention on God's part would've helped enrich this wonderful book. In a September 8 video, the last one posted before his death, Qureshi announced that doctors had “given up” on treating him and put him on palliative care. Born in the United States to Pakistani immigrants, Nabeel Qureshi grew up in a loving family, his religion one of the most consistent and beloved elements of his formative years. As a child and youth, he enthusiastically learned the facts and doctrines of his religion, eager to be an ambassador for Islam among his peers. Not until college did he meet a Christian who was willing to be his friend. As two young men passionate about their faiths, Nabeel and David often discussed religion. Through those discussions, Nabeel found his perception of Christianity and its flaws to be inaccurate. And in his efforts to disprove Christianity and confirm Islam, he also uncovers inaccuracies in his perception of Islam. It's also an educational book- I learned quite a bit both about Islam and Christianity. By including so many theological debates, we get to see how each religion faces different questions and answers various challenges.

Qureshi attended medical school at the Eastern Virginia Medical School after graduating from Old Dominion University. After completing a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) there, Qureshi decided to spend his life studying and preaching the Christian Gospel and became a speaker for the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He subsequently completed master's degrees in apologetics from Biola University and in religion from Duke University. [11] He earned an M.Phil in Judaism and Christianity at the University of Oxford and was working on completing a Ph.D. in New Testament studies at the University of Oxford when he died in 2017. [3] Qureshi lectured to students at over one hundred universities, including the University of Oxford, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Cornell University, Biola University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Hong Kong. [18] "He participated in 18 moderated, public debates around North America, Europe, and Asia." [18] In 2015, Qureshi debated at Wayne State University with Muslim scholar Shabir Ally. [19] 2010 arrest and apology from city of Dearborn [ edit ] Nabeel Qureshi's Wife: 'Thank You for Loving My Daughter' ". CBN News. 31 October 2017 . Retrieved 30 December 2018. Qureshi accomplishes these goals powerfully. He explains the Islamic mindset, something anyone who witnesses or wants to witness to Muslims must understand if he or she hopes to be an effective apologist. By taking the reader through his own process of conversion, step by step, he outlines the arguments that were most convincing to him. 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.” 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 myself more than 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.

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Reading this book as a relatively observant Jew who doesn't really believe in God has been a great theological experience.

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