EDMOND — 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.
Q: What's the No. 1 question people ask you?
A: I would say the No. 1 question I am asked is what convinced me to leave Islam and follow Christianity.
Q: How do you generally answer that?
A: I think a short answer to the question is we can be very confident that Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead after having claimed to be God using historical reasoning. These three points would contradict the teachings of Islam, yet they establish the truth of Christianity.
Q: What is the goal of your presentation in Edmond?
A: My ultimate goal there is the same as everywhere: to proclaim the truth about Christ, to glorify God, to educate people with good solid reasons for believing in Christianity. It's also to help people understand who Muslims are. There is a lot of latent fear, and I find a lot of that fear is just fear of the unknown, so by telling people about Islam and Muslims, hopefully they will be less afraid and more loving toward Muslims, and that would open the door toward sharing the Gospel.