Spankin' New Book Review on Answering Jihad by Nabeel Qureshi
I was just waking up and starting to get ready for school, I was a fifth grader who did not enjoy waking up. But this morning was different, it felt like a storm was coming even though I was in California where it never rains in the Summer months… Then my Dad called me into his bedroom and had me sit on the bed as he explained that something was happening in New York City, a plane crashed into one of the Twin Towers and then shortly after a second plane went crashing into the sibling tower as well. That began one of the most vivid nightmarish days of my life, and maybe it was the same for you as well… Soon I heard the word terrorist for the first time, and some of them claimed responsibility and proclaimed their actions were in the name of the god of Islam. I had virtually no exposure to Islam in my small farm town so it was a shadow army filled with faceless soldiers. The cloud was growing. Soon national fear mounted against anyone who identified as Muslim and in many ways it has only grown as words like Taliban, Sharia, and ISIS have all grown into the everyday American vocabulary.
I was raised to not live in fear but in love, recently though I came to realize I was also raised in ignorance to other world religions such as Islam, which kept the cloud dark overhead.
So I began to investigate.
Quite recently I had the opportunity to explore a book entitled Answering Jihad by Nabeel Qureshi. Sounds controversial? Well it would be if Nabeel had not grown up as an American Muslim and had not had to grapple with the flip side of my cultural perspective on 9/11.
I do not desire to jump into the direct views expressed within this book but I will point out that throughout the book the author navigates the history of violence and non-violence in Islam by using strict scholarship, he examines the growth of modern day radicalization of Islam, and what a loving response is to our Muslim friends, relatives, and neighbors should look like..
Ultimately the point is that Islam is not the enemy, instead the shadow army is the Spiritual Army of Satan who hides in the darkness inspiring evil acts of unspeakable terror. If we truly take hold of this perspective it will change the way we view others. The beauty of such a perspective is that within that we can freely love those who we once saw as our enemies.
I would firmly recommend this book to anyone who would like to shine a light into the cloud that has been hanging over our heads for far too long and journey into a path of reconciliation and love.
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