In a new book titled Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, former devout Muslim Dr. Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic spiritual journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with the friendships, family pressures, investigations, and dreams he experienced along the way. The book is published by Zondervan and launches nationwide February 11.
A medical doctor by training with two master’s degrees in religious studies, Qureshi now dedicates his time to teaching, writing and speaking as the newest member of the apologetics team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.
Growing up in a devout Muslim family, Qureshi read the entire Quran in Arabic by age five, memorized more than a dozen chapters by his teens and boldly proclaimed Islam to his friends of other religions. “We are Qureshis, descendants of the Quresh tribe—Muhammad's tribe. Our family stood sentinel over Islamic tradition,” he describes. “Islam was the lifeblood that coursed through my veins. Islam was my identity, and I loved it. I boldly issued the call of Islam to anyone and everyone who would listen, proclaiming that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is his messenger.”
Qureshi’s love for Islam defined and directed his life until a close college friend defended the Christian message with compelling evidence and disrupted everything he knew about religion, faith and meaning. Shaken by the potential that Christianity might be true, he turned to God for direct guidance and was given a vision and three dreams that led him to Jesus. Qureshi began his study of the gospel in order to challenge it, but he found Christ as a result.
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Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus presents a gripping and deeply personal account of this spiritual trajectory and details the challenges and opportunities Qureshi’s conversion has presented. “I knew that accepting Jesus would be like dying and I would have to give up everything, because for Muslims, following the gospel is more than a call to prayer. It is a call to die,” he explains. “I gave my life to Jesus, and to this day my family is broken by the decision I made. It is excruciating every time I see the cost I had to pay.”
Throughout his story, Qureshi provides a compassionate yet powerful apologetic for Christianity, with an emphasis on building relationships and demonstrating love. His testimony has already had a tremendous impact on those he has encountered, and Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus has garnered several prominent endorsements from influential scholars and authors including Josh McDowell, Fouad Masri, Gary Habermas, and Lee Strobel. “I’m thrilled that readers will now be able to meet Nabeel in the pages of this book as he describes how his sincere desire for truth took him on a circuitous – and even supernatural – quest for answers,” said Strobel, best-selling author of The Case for Christ, who has written the forward for Qureshi’s book. “This is a very personal story of family, friends, and faith, intertwined with insights into Islam that will help you understand the Muslim world in new ways. It’s a saga that needs to be read by all people who value truth and ache to know God personally.”
Qureshi has given lectures at universities and seminaries throughout the world and has participated in nearly 20 high-profile moderated, public debates around North America, Europe, and Asia. His areas of focus include the foundations of the Christian faith, the early history and teachings of Islam, and the interface of science and religion.
“I have traveled far and wide and I have seldom seen such genuine intellect combined with passion to match,” said author and apologist Ravi Zacharias. “There is a great need in our time for a Christian apologist well-versed in Islam and other contending philosophies. I am delighted to see Nabeel’s unique and gripping story in print and know that you will be encouraged and profoundly challenged by it as well. This is truly a ‘must-read book’ for our times as worldviews face the test of truth.”
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View this video recording of Nabeel Qureshi’s appearance at Georgia Tech on November 4, 2013.
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