I finally got around to reading Nabeel Qureshi’s book “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus“. It is a beautiful book, make sure you have some Kleenex handy. I found that some of the statements that Nabeel made in his book where really thought provoking considering his passing due to stomach cancer on September 16, 2017. If you haven’t read it yet, please do, it’s one of those rare books that is extremely difficult to put down.
I was drawn to Nabeel like a magnet and I was among many who shed tears when he went to be with our Lord. I’ve watched video’s where he explains his conversion but the book brings a lot of additional insight into the anguish he experienced in leaving his Islamic faith and accepting Jesus as his Lord and Saviour. I’ve also watched videos where he and David Wood were basically fooling around and his book expanded upon the unique and deeply moving relationship that they had. Both of them possessed brilliant minds and their unique sense of humour was delightful to experience. You can’t help but marvel at how our Lord teamed up these two and how beautifully they were matched to bring Nabeel to where he needed to be. David is a unique individual with a razor sharp wit and a sensitivity to working in God’s timing that is really mind boggling. Really amazing when you take a look at the patience and wisdom that David consistently demonstrated throughout their ongoing relationship. If you’ve never watched the video on David’s testimony I would strongly encourage you to do so. The YouTube link to it is here.
It was also heart warming to see how many names that a lot of us are familiar with had such a profound influence on Nabeel such as Mike Licona, Lee Strobel, Dan Wallace, Gary Habermas, and Josh McDowell, to name but a few. We have been graced with some outstanding Christian scholars and teachers.
If you ever want to understand, even at a basic level, how difficult it is for someone who believes in the Islamic faith, to convert over to Christianity, this book is definitely an eye opener. And we think we have had a difficult path in coming to accept Jesus as our Lord, not even close. This book gave me a much greater appreciation of the complexities involved for a Muslim to convert to Christianity at many different levels. We could all learn from the struggles that they face and be much more open to accepting them and welcoming them into God’s family.
I chronicled the series of short video’s that Nabeel produced during his illness and they are all available here. You’ll need the Kleenex here too. You can see Nabeel’s father, his wife Michelle and there daughter here too. Amazing faith, amazing testimony.
I ran into an instance in this book where God spoke to Nabeel that really struck a cord with me, especially as it pertained to Nabeel’s passing. It was where Nabeel was having an extremely difficult time with the repercussions of leaving his Islamic faith, in particular with regard to how it affected his relationship with his own family. Nabeel related how God let him know “Because this is not about you.” I know many of us felt like we had lost a close family member when Nabeel died. It was heart wrenching and there was emotional pain and much sadness. But that thought that God conveyed to Nabeel at that moment in time when Nabeel was experiencing much emotional pain really summed it up for me, because when all is said and done, it’s not about us at all, none of us, it’s about Jesus and who He is and what He did for us. That’s why He is the Good Shepherd and we are His sheep. I am so thankful for Nabeel’s witness to the rightful glory that is in Jesus Christ. Some day I will be able to give Nabeel a hug, and won’t that be something!
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!