The first time I read Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus was nearly 3 years ago. I can’t believe it’s been that long. I had seen Nabeel mentioned by one of my favorite authors, Lee Strobel, on Twitter and became intrigued by this man who was a devout Muslim, but came to know Jesus. I thought it would be an interesting read. Well, let me tell you, it was. It also changed my life.
Nabeel’s book details his journey towards the truth. His parents were from Pakistan and immigrated to the US before he was born. His father was in the Navy so they moved around quite a bit, including to Scotland for a time. The book is primarily about his faith in Islam, which was solid as a rock. Everything the Qureshi’s did was framed by their Islamic faith. He and his sister were taught to recite the Quran very early in life, which is customary. The family went to all the festivals and celebrated all of the Muslim holy days. Nabeel knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Quran was written by Allah through Muhammad. Muhammad was a great prophet. Nabeel was convinced of this and of the fact that the Quran was never changed. Not one dot, since it was dictated to Muhammad by Allah. But then he went to college.
Nabeel met David Wood shortly after 9/11. They were on the forensics team together at college. David was a devout Christian and soon started challenging Nabeel’s beliefs. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus is Nabeel’s journey to prove that Christianity wasn’t true and Islam was the only true religion.
Prior to reading this book, I honestly knew very little about the Muslim faith. It never really crossed my mind much. After 9/11, I was somewhat curious, as many Americans were, but I was assured by many people, including my Pastor, that Islam was a peaceful religion and the Quran taught peace and love, much in the same way as the Bible does. Those who were killing in the name of Allah were rogue. They weren’t the norm, and they certainly didn’t represent the teachings of Muhammad. But Nabeel’s story interested me. I wanted to learn from someone who was a devout Muslim what the Quran really said and what Muslims were taught. Especially about Christians.
Nabeel was surprised to learn the things he found out while studying Islam. He didn’t just study Christianity, he went it to depth about Islam as well. He knew to believe in Jesus he would have to find that Islam was not what he thought. And that’s exactly what he found. Don’t get me wrong, most Muslims are caring, loving people. Like Nabeel’s family and friends. But there’s a lot more to it, which he talks about.
My heart was opened by his story. I ‘walked with him’ as he found out things he never wanted to know and things he always wanted to know. His struggle with the truth and what it was going to do to him and his family is griping. This is a very transparent look at truly giving up all you have to follow Jesus.
I read Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus again this week and it touched my heart once again. As Christians we take some things for granted. Many have no idea how very valuable Jesus is. Oh, we say we do, but I promise you, if you read this book, you’ll know for sure. My eyes were opened to how people with a completely different world view see Jesus, and what they go through in learning to love Him like I do.
Nabeel passed away last September from stomach cancer. I felt like I’d lost a friend. Zondervan is releasing a third edition of his book on August 21. This will be an expanded edition and will include reflections from his widow as well as several other additions. If you pre-order the book, you will also get Nabeel’s course “The Case for the Gospel” for free. Go to nabeelqureshi.com to find out all about the course as well as learning about Nabeel and his life. You won’t be disappointed. I believe it will change your heart as well.