Dylan was right. “The times they are a changin’.” One change is that Muslims now make up about 1% of the US population—about 3.3 million people. That number is expected to double by 2050. More and more, our neighbors and coworkers, will be Muslims. Will they be our friends as well? What are we doing to reach out to this growing minority?
In an effort to better understand a Muslim worldview, I’ve been reading a series of books on Islam. Ignorance breeds fear and misunderstanding. I recently wrote about one book, Wholly Different, by Nonie Darwish, that I found informative but largely lacking in love and compassion. Well, the book I just finished is filled with love and compassion. If I had to recommend one book on the subject, this would be it! And it’s not just me—Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus won the Christian Book Award for both “Best New Author” and “Best Non-Fiction” of 2015.
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus is one man’s story. Born in the US to Pakistani immigrants and raised both here and in Scotland, Nabeel Qureshi grew up in a loving and close-knit family of devout Muslims. As Ahmadis, a lesser-known Muslim sect, his family clearly sees Islam as a religion of peace and kindness. This is a very different perspective from the one described by Darwish in her book—in fact, they’re almost polar opposites! Continue reading