Having shared his journey of faith in the New York Times bestselling Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi now examines Islam and Christianity in detail, exploring areas of crucial conflict and unpacking the relevant evidence.
In this anticipated follow-up book, Nabeel reveals what he discovered in the decade following his conversion, providing a thorough and careful comparison of the evidence for Islam and Christianity--evidence that wrenched his heart and transformed his life.
In Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi recounted his dramatic journey, describing his departure from Islam and his decision to follow Christ. In the years that followed, he realized that the world’s two largest religions are far more different than they initially appeared.
No God but One: Allah or Jesus? addresses the most important questions at the interface of Islam and Christianity: How do the two religions differ? Are the differences significant? Can we be confident that either Christianity or Islam is true? And most important, is it worth sacrificing everything for the truth?
Nabeel shares stories from his life and ministry, casts new light on current events, and explores pivotal incidents in the histories of both religions, providing a resource that is gripping and thought-provoking, respectful and challenging.
Both Islam and Christianity teach that there is No God but One, but who deserves to be worshiped, Allah or Jesus?
|About the Contributor(s)||Nabeel Qureshi
Nabeel Qureshi is a speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He holds an MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola University, and an MA in religion from Duke University.
|Publish Date||Aug 30, 2016|
- Review by Katharine
The book is broken into 2 major parts. The first presents the questions, “Are Islam and Christianity really all that different?”, and further breaks it into sections covering the major comparison points: Sharia and Gospel, Muhammad and Jesus, Quran and the Bible, Jihad and the Crusades, among others. The second part asks, “Can we know whether Islam or Christianity is True?, which breaks down into the questions, “Did Jesus Die On the Cross?”, “Did Jesus Rise From the Dead?”, “Did Jesus Claim to Be God?”, “Is Muhammad a Prophet of God?”, “Is the Quran the Word of God?”.
In each section, Nabeel presents the Muslim worldview on each topic and the Christian worldview, and proceeds to analyze each by applying neutral investigative techniques and solid concrete examples and evidence of each view, then presents his conclusion. Obviously, as Qureshi is a Christian, his job is to proclaim the Gospel, but he freely admits that, though he cannot be 100% neutral, he is presenting the arguments in as unbiased a manner as possible.
I found the information well set out and easy to understand, regardless of whether you believe or not. It is hard to pick favorite sections, as I found the entire book interesting and eye-opening. But I would say that the sections on comparison of the origins of the Biblical and Qur'anic texts and their chronology and the section on the case for Jesus’ death on the cross, were the most enthralling for me.
Don’t misunderstand, Qureshi is a passionate believer and follower of Jesus Christ, but he came to believe initially through this very same investigative process which he recounts in this book. The evidence became so prevalent and irrefutable, that he had no option to believe in the Truth. I highly recommend this book whether you are a believer in Jesus Christ and want to flesh out that belief and witness to it, whether you are Muslim (or any other religion) and have doubts or questions and are searching, or if you are an atheist and want to hear the other side of the argument in order to be balanced and informed. I also recommend his first book, “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus”, which recounts his own painful search for truth and inevitable conversion from Islam to Christianity; a conversion which cost him a close relationship with his family, and took out by the roots everything in which he had ever believed. (Posted on 9/7/2016)
- Review by xcalthur
Nabeel Quereshi delivers an important contribution to the theological discussion in his latest book, No God But One: Allah or Jesus?
As a former Muslim, Nabeel Quereshi is able to provide excellent insight into understanding Islam. He is able to articulate the arguments offered by the Muslim community, as he used to present them in defense of his faith in Islam. Nabeel Quereshi explains the “arguments . . . against the deity of Jesus” (265).
As he lays out the case for Christianity and Islam, Nabeel Quereshi analyzes five points: Jesus’ death by crucifixion, Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, Jesus’ claim to be God, the prophetic authority of Muhammad, and the divine inspiration of the Quran (176). As one who really appreciates history, Nabeel Quereshi does an excellent job giving historical context when analyzing these points. For example, when investigating the preservation of the Quran, he dives into topics such as “Muhammad’s third successor, the Caliph Uthman” who “recalled all Quranic manuscripts, destroyed them by fire, and issued official, standardized copies” (132).
While answering the question Allah or Jesus? Nabeel Qureshi again considers a number of arguments: the Pauline product, Swoon theory, Muhammad in the Bible, the Scientific Knowledge in the Quran, Mathematical Marvels of the Quran, the prophecies of the Quran, and the preservation of the Quran.
Nabeel Qureshi expertly addresses the above arguments while also explaining the doctrine of the Trinity to demonstrate that the Christian God is “categorically different from the Muslim God. It is what makes God relational, what makes His love eternal. It is how God can be in us, through the Holy Spirit, while being over us, as the Father, and suffering for us, in the Son” (78).
Nabeel Qureshi investigates the historical Jesus, the early Christian church, the Deity of Jesus, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, and reaches this conclusion: “Jesus is more than a prophet, more than the Messiah, and more than divine. He is Yahweh Himself” (261).
Nabeel Quereshi does not dodge attacks as he even discusses the arguments presented by a famed Islamic apologist Ahmed Deedat who “famously began to argue that the Bible was pornographic” (124-125).
Nabeel Quereshi also provides the historical context of the crusades; "the Crusades were launched in defense of the Byzantine Empire after two-thirds of the Christian world had been conquered by centuries of Muslim attacks” (148). Salvation through violence is a deviation from what Christ taught, “whereas Muhammad himself taught Muslims that fighting in jihad can forgive sin, and indeed is the best thing in the world”(58). Nabeel Quereshi points to the “final marching orders” found in the Quran Chapter 9 to further demonstrate the violence. As written in Quran 9.5, “Kill the polytheists wherever you find them, and seize them, and besiege them, and wait for them at every place of ambush” (163).
I cannot stress enough that Christians, Muslims, or anyone seeking the truth should read this book, as it moves the discussion forward in better understanding both the Christian and Muslim world views--especially in understanding how Muslims see the arguments for Islam. As a Christian I learned more about Christianity, and I now have a better understanding of the Muslim worldview, as well. What an awesome book. (Posted on 8/19/2016)
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