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Muslim who converted to Christianity will speak in Edmond

Nabeel Qureshi, who converted to Christianity from Islam, says he wants to build bridges of understanding between Muslims and Christians. Qureshi will speak Feb. 9 at First Presbyterian Church of Edmond.
by Carla Hinton Published: February 1, 2014

— A former Muslim on a search for Allah said he found the Christian savior instead.

Nabeel Qureshi, Ph.D., said he put his life experiences and the events surrounding his conversion from Islam to Christianity in his book “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus.”

Qureshi, 30, of Atlanta, said he grew up in a devout Muslim family and had read the Quran in Arabic by the time he was 5. He said he was proud of his Islamic identity, but a close college friend presented Christianity to him, eventually leading to his conversion.

With his book set for release Feb. 11, Qureshi, who holds master's degrees in Christian apologetics and religion, will share excerpts from his spiritual journey during a presentation set for Feb. 9 at First Presbyterian Church of Edmond. He is a member of the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries speaking team, traveling around the world to discuss his perspective of Islam and Christianity.

First Presbyterian's senior pastor, the Rev. Mateen Elass, Ph.D., who also converted to Christianity from Islam, said he hopes Qureshi's presentation will “encourage respectful dialogue and learning about other religious beliefs.”

In a recent telephone interview, Qureshi discussed his mission as a member of the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries speaking team:

Q: Why do you make it a point to speak to different audiences about your life experiences and conversion?

A: I feel that Christ is an important truth; the Christian message is important. It's not just something I believe, it's something that has the power to shape and change the world. That's why I share with people what happened to me.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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