In his book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus:A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity, Nabeel Qureshi tells the story of his conversion to Christianity after being raised in a devout Muslim home. The son of loving Pakistani parents, Qureshi chronicles his life while simultaneously explaining the Muslim faith. He discusses how his beliefs shaped his worldview from childhood to college, where he faced persecution after September 11th. In spite of this adversity, he took pride in defending his faith, becoming an amateur apologist much like his father, whom he adored.
However, while in college, Qureshi became friends with a committed Christian who was able to respond to the challenges Qureshi posed. It was in this friendship that Qureshi was faced with questions that shook the foundations of his own faith. Through this struggle and his friend’s perseverance, he ultimately embraced Jesus Christ.
I found this book both fascinating and informative. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus not only explained the difference between Islam and Christianity, but the difference between the Eastern and Western mindsets as well. Qureshi also distinguished the differences between the first-generation Muslim immigrant and the second generation, and how they view Western culture. Qureshi displayed a brilliant mind and an honest pursuit of the truth no matter where it took him. He made the complex understandable as he explained the stumbling blocks for Muslims when debating or discussing Christianity. These include the Trinity and Jesus’ death on the cross.
I was touched by Qureshi’s honesty and his compassion for those who are still in the Muslim faith. I recommend Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus for its apologetic value to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Islamic faith and culture. I would also recommend it for anyone interested in the importance of evangelism and the transforming power of the gospel.
I received a free copy from the publisher for my honest review