I generally don’t read modern biographies, but then I’ve written a short autobiography, titled Why Is God Always Late? (You may see more of it here.) This review book, with author Nabeel Qureshi, titled Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity, is recently written with Lee Strobel, the former atheist, writing the foreword, and Ravi Zacharias, former agnostic, Josh McDowell and others adding their comments on the back cover. I came across it by “accident”; and since I’m interested in Islam, especially those who convert to Christ, it caught my attention. It is a page turner, and I completed it in several sittings. The provocative title tells the story: a man grows up in Islam, and he really wants to know God, which he assumes is Allah. He seeks Allah vigorously, and continues in college a fellow student challenges him.
For once, Qureshi has found someone he cannot easily destroy in a debate of Islam vs. Christianity. David, his friend’s name, has actually studied Christianity on a formal level in college and is quite intelligent about the faith. He can answer Qureshi’s questions with accuracy and detail, and they become best friends.
I will not spoil it for you, but you will ache with Qureshi as he has to tell his parents of his conversion and of all the things he studied that led him to a complete paradigm shift. The book is very informative regarding the issues between Christians and Muslims such as the Holy Trinity, deity of Christ, His death on the Cross (Islam says He did not die on the cross but escaped), bodily resurrection, the inaccuracy of the Quran versus the Bible, true life of Mohamed, and other matters. Is it true that Muslims are commanded to kill Christians and Jews? You will learn a lot without technical detail.
I was glad to see Qureshi confirm virtually all the issues I’ve raised that challenge Islam. In this blog, I challenged that there is little love with Allah since he is only one person, but with the Holy Trinity each Person has an object to love; indeed, two objects. Moreover, I wrote at another time that for Allah to forgive without atonement is injustice to the highest degree, and Qureshi begins his book with that comment. When I wrote that, a Muslim wrote to my column challenging it, and I responded that to forgive without justice is injustice. In Christ’s death, we have both justice and injustice coming together at the cross (Romans 3:26). He did not respond again.
Review by the Very Rev. Curtis I. Crenshaw, Th.D. AMEN. Ὡ