If you are a Muslim trying to understand Christians, or if you are a Christian trying to understand Muslims, please please read this book! It’s one of the most profoundly helpful books I’ve ever read on what Muslims believe and what it’s like to grow up as a Muslim in western culture. In this captivating biographical narrative, Nabeel records his happy childhood in a loving Muslim home, where he was completely satisfied in his community of faith. Nabeel also traces his own spiritual search for the one, true God during his adolescence, college and medical school days, leading the reader step-by-step to understand what he learned about the historical Jesus and the historical Muhammad…the contrasts in both their character and teachings, as well as the major tenets of both theologies.
It’s completely beyond the scope of this post to summarize the material, but I can’t recommend highly enough this scholarly but touchingly personal account of one man’s pursuit of spiritual insight. It was recommended to me by a dear friend from France who reaches out to Muslim immigrants there, and I couldn’t help but notice the warmth and sincerity in Nabeel, who not only wrote but reads the audio version of this book…his deep love for his family and Muslim heritage, and the wisdom he shares as he prayerfully worked his way through all the issues that both unite and separate Muslims and Christians. Think about it! These are the two greatest religious systems in the world, both stemming from Abraham, and combined they account for over half the world’s population—religious and non-religious! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if both Muslims and Christians could agree on “Who is the One, True God?”? Come to think of it, I recommend this book to everybody—even those of you who embrace no faith. The book is just way better than green eggs and ham!
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).