Seeking Allah Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi
Several weeks back Pastor Brad mentioned this book during our Wednesday night study. The author had caught his attention on a radio program speaking about his conversion from Islam to Christianity, and how visions and dreams were instrumental in his conversion. Wanting to understand more about Islamic religion, and intrigued by the mention of visions and dreams, I undertook reading of the 304 page volume.
My personal take aways from this book:
– The book reads very much like a textbook with a great personal story woven into it. Don’t let this discourage you from reading the book. It isn’t difficult reading, but includes a lot of technical terms
(complete with definitions) related to Islamic religion. Definitely a good primer in Eastern religion.
– A big “aha” for me was the understanding of how truth is assessed differently in Eastern vs Western cultures. In Eastern cultures people generally assess truth through lines of authority, not individual reasoning. It is assumed leaders have done the critical thinking. This allows religions such as Islam to be passed down through generations with no one questioning whether or not it is based on historically verifiable facts. For a young person to question Islam as “the truth” is to be very disrespectful to your parents and religious leaders. The Quran is the center of their lives. For example, Nabeel and his siblings were taught to read using the Quran.
– A little insight regarding Muslim’s perception of America: The West is Christian, the West is
Americanized; therefore, it is Americanized because it is Christian. Christianity, in the minds of many Muslims, has produced this promiscuous, domineering Western culture. Christianity, therefore, must be ungodly. “If they were to intimately know even one Christian who lived differently, their misconceptions might be corrected, and they might see Christianity in a virtuous light”.
Now for the personal story of Nabeel’s conversion to Christianity. (SPOILER ALERT, if you want to read this book, I might recommend you stop reading here.)
Nabeel is actually a “western” Islam, being raised in the U.S. The story really starts to develop during his college years at Old Dominion University. As he starts to question and truly search for “truth”, God places an amazing young friend in his path who possesses a remarkable level of theological and historical knowledge. While I found it encouraging to be reminded there are young people who have the level of knowledge and skills needed to lead a Muslim through such a search for truth, I can’t help but think such an individual would represent a very small minority of younger generation Christians.