My good friend, Nabeel Qureshi, has just gotten his first book published: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity. It was co-authored with Lee Strobel and was released on 11 February 2014.
I have known Nabeel for a few years. When I first met him he was a relatively new Christian. He was also a medical doctor. He was then working on his first master’s degree; he recently completed his second master’s and will soon be working on a PhD. He’s in his early 30s.
Nabeel is one of those people who combine native genius with genuine passion. He’s been like this his whole life. When he was five years old he had read through the whole Qur’an, and had memorized the last seven chapters. He grew up a devout Muslim in America. After he was challenged regarding Christ by a college roommate, he had visions of the Lord that rattled him. Yes, visions. I have become convinced that God uses visions to bring especially Muslims to faith today. Call me a cessationist if you will, but a soft cessationist. Nabeel’s testimony has especially sensitized me to how God is acting in the world today. Here’s what Nabeel said about the book:
“I wrote Seeking Allah Finding Jesus for three reasons: 1) to equip Westerners to understand Islam and love Muslims, 2) to present to Muslims the gospel intelligibly and compellingly, 3) to provide insight on the ways God is calling Muslims to Christ despite the great cost, through relational witnessing and supernatural means like dreams and visions.”
On Amazon right now—one day after the book was released—there are already nine reviews, all five-pointers. Here are snippets from two of them:
“I knew I was in trouble when I had only listened a few seconds. The dedication at the beginning of the book, read by the author himself, had me bawling like a baby. It is dedicated to his parents, who are still in the Muslim faith. It is so honoring and beautiful, you can’t help but cry.”
“Two key points I found very convicting: as a Muslim, Nabeel was never invited into a Christian home AND, until meeting David Wood, he never encountered a Christian who knew his/her Bible or theology well enough to defend it. As a Muslim, Nabeel prided himself on being able to take on any Christian on any biblical topic and eviscerate their feeble arguments, which is sad to think about, since apologetics gives us so many concrete, historically based reasons to believe. We’re not befriending our neighbors and we’re not educating ourselves or our children. We’re not obeying II Timothy 4:2 by being ready in season and out to share our faith with those who so desperately need to hear the Truth. This book is helpful on so many levels. I highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about obeying the Great Commission.”
Any Christ-follower who is acquainted with at least one Muslim, and any Muslim who truly wants to pursue truth at all costs, should get this book.
I would like to add one request to my believing friends: Please pray for Nabeel’s family. He loves them so much, yet they are mired in Islam. Pray that they, too, will read this book and meet the One who redeemed Nabeel.
5 thoughts on “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus”
I’m glad to hear that all the reviews so far are 5-pointers. Those other reviewers that don’t believe in the sovereignty of God can be irksome.
I’ve been following your work for about a year now, when I decided to really dig into the historicity of the Holy Bible and the accuracy of its text. My first introduction was your debate with Bart Ehrman in 2012, which led me to the iTunes U videos from the CSNTM.
Over this past year, I have read works by Philip Comfort, Lee Stobel, Max Lucado, and many others. When you recommended Qureshi’s new book, I jumped right onto iBooks and bought it without a second thought. Two days later, I am not disappointed at all! This is the best book on ones spiritual journey to Jesus I have read. Plus, it helped give me a greater understanding of Islam, opening the possibility of better spreading the Gospel to Muslims. (One item that was particularly interesting to me was just how much Muslims show hatred for the apostle Paul, who they believe deified a human prophet.)
Thank you for this recommend reading! I plan on sharing it with friends and relatives.
Dr. Wallace, I would not call you or anyone else a cessasionist who uses their own experiences or others as the touchstone of veracity. Typically, those who base their view of whether the gifts have ceased or not on experiential evidence are classified as a continuationist. I have read and followed your writings, in books and online, and will continue to do so. However, why not just admit that you now believe that the miraculous gifts have not ceased. I have noticed that in an article on bible.org you described yourself as a hard cessasionist, and now as a soft one, but since at least 1994 , according to a previous email and the book Who’s Afraid of the Holy Spirit, you have held what typically are viewed as continuationist beliefs. I am aware that you have described the traditional cessasionist view as a form of bible idolatry, but for some, the inspired word is elevated not in place of the Holy Spirit, but in fact, because it was this same Spirit that inspired these words and these alone!
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Many Christians claim that they believe in their religion and their doctrines because of spiritual experiences. And since I have not experienced the “Holy Spirit” or “God”, therefore I can never be a Christian and rightly guided
Many Hindus claim the same thing. How can an objective believer and truth-seeker account for a Christian experience and discount a Hindu who per-say has experienced Ganesha or Vishnu or Krishna, or something to that effect? What makes your spiritual experience true, and theirs false? Moreover should a Christian himself/herself rely on their spiritual experiences?
1 Thessalonians 5:21
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
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