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How a Muslim found Jesus

Coming HomeThe secular-liberal media regularly give publicity to (and with attention comes credibility) the atheism of famous people such as British scientist Stephen Hawking.

I vowed I would try to redress the media’s skewed focus with accounts of  accomplished individuals who eventually came home to embrace a belief in their Creator. My first account was the late-life conversion of the distinguished American philosopher Mortimer J. Adler, followed by an account of the conversion of famous English scribe Malcolm Muggeridge.

Below is a very moving account of how a descendant of none other than Muhammad’s own tribe, made the wrenching decision to follow Jesus the Christ, with the help and unswerving friendship of a Christian named David Wood.

Wood is an example to us all.

~Eowyn

Nabeel QureshiNabeel Qureshi (Photo by Howard Korn)

Christ Called Me Off the Minaret

By Nabeel Qureshi
Christianity Today
January 8, 2014

“Allahu Akbar. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah. I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”

These are the first words of the Muslim call to prayer. They were also the first words ever spoken to me. Moments after I was born, I have been told, my father softly recited them in my ear, as his father had done for him, and as all my forefathers had done for their sons since the time of Muhammad.

We are Qureshis, descendants of the Quresh tribe—Muhammad’s tribe. Our family stood sentinel over Islamic tradition.

The words my ancestors passed down to me were more than ritual: they came to define my life as a Muslim in the West. Every day I sat next to my mother as she taught me to recite the Qur’an in Arabic. Five times a day, I stood behind my father as he led our family in congregational prayer.

By age 5, I had recited the entire Qur’an in Arabic and memorized the last seven chapters. By age 15, I had committed the last 15 chapters of the Qur’an to memory in both English and Arabic. Every day I recited countless prayers in Arabic, thanking Allah for another day upon waking, invoking his name before falling asleep.

But it is one thing to be steeped in remembrance, and it is quite another to bear witness. My grandfather and great-grandfather were Muslim missionaries, spending their lives preaching Islam to unbelievers in Indonesia and Uganda. My genes carried their zeal. By middle school, I had learned how to challenge Christians, whose theology I could break down just by asking questions. Focusing on the identity of Jesus, I would ask, “Jesus worshiped God, so why do you worship Jesus?” or, “Jesus said, ‘the Father is greater than I.’ How could he be God?” If I really wanted to throw Christians for a loop, I would ask them to explain the Trinity. They usually responded, “It’s a mystery.” In my heart I mocked their ignorance, saying, “The only mystery here is how you could believe in something as ridiculous as Christianity.”

Bolstered by every conversation I had with Christians, I felt confident in the truth of Islam. It gave me discipline, purpose, morals, family values, and clear direction for worship. Islam was the lifeblood that coursed through my veins. Islam was my identity, and I loved it. I boldly issued the call of Islam to anyone and everyone who would listen, proclaiming that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is his messenger.

And it was there, atop the minaret of Islamic life, that Jesus called to me.

Not the Man I Thought

As a freshman at Old Dominion University in Virginia, I was befriended by a sophomore, David Wood. Soon after he extended a helping hand, I found him reading a Bible. Incredulous that someone as clearly intelligent as he would actually read Christians’ sacred text, I launched a barrage of apologetic attacks, from questioning the reliability of Scripture to denying Jesus’ crucifixion to, of course, challenging the Trinity and the deity of Christ.

David didn’t react like other Christians I had challenged. He did not waver in his witness, nor did he waver in his friendship with me. Far from it—he became even more engaged, answering the questions he could respond to, investigating the questions he couldn’t respond to, and spending time with me through it all.

Even though he was a Christian, his zeal for God was something I understood and respected. We quickly became best friends, signing up for events together, going to classes together, and studying for exams together. All the while we argued about the historical foundations of Christianity. Some classes we signed up for just to argue some more.

After three years of investigating the origins of Christianity, I concluded that the case for Christianity was strong—that the Bible could be trusted and that Jesus died on the cross, rose from the dead, and claimed to be God.

Then David challenged me to study Islam as critically as I had studied Christianity. I had learned about Muhammad from imams and my parents, not from the historical sources themselves. When I finally read the sources, I found that Muhammad was not the man I had thought. Violence and sensuality dripped from the pages of his earliest biographies, the life stories of the man I revered as the holiest in history.

Shocked by what I learned, I began to lean on the Qur’an as my defense. But when I turned an eye there, that foundation crumbled just as quickly. I relied on its miraculous knowledge and perfect preservation as a sign that it was inspired by God, but both beliefs faltered.

Overwhelmed and confused by the evidence for Christianity and the weakness of the Islamic case, I began seeking Allah for help. Or was he Jesus? I didn’t know any longer. I needed to hear from God himself who he was. Thankfully, growing up in a Muslim community, I had seen others implore Allah for guidance. The way that Muslims expect to hear from God is through dreams and visions.

1 Vision, 3 Dreams

In the summer after graduating from Old Dominion, I began imploring God daily. “Tell me who you are! If you are Allah, show me how to believe in you. If you are Jesus, tell me! Whoever you are, I will follow you, no matter the cost.”

By the end of my first year in medical school, God had given me a vision and three dreams, the second of which was the most powerful. In it I was standing at the threshold of a strikingly narrow door, watching people take their seats at a wedding feast. I desperately wanted to get in, but I was not able to enter, because I had yet to accept my friend David’s invitation to the wedding. When I awoke, I knew what God was telling me, but I sought further verification. It was then that I found the parable of the narrow door, in Luke 13:22–30. God was showing me where I stood.

But I still couldn’t walk through the door. How could I betray my family after all they had done for me? By becoming a Christian, not only would I lose all connection with the Muslim community around me, my family would lose their honor as well. My decision would not only destroy me, it would also destroy my family, the ones who loved me most and sacrificed so much for me. For Muslims, following the gospel is more than a call to prayer. It is a call to die.

I began mourning the impact of the decision I knew I had to make. On the first day of my second year of medical school, it became too much to bear. Yearning for comfort, I decided to skip school. Returning to my apartment, I placed the Qur’an and the Bible in front of me. I turned to the Qur’an, but there was no comfort there. For the first time, the book seemed utterly irrelevant to my suffering. Irrelevant to my life. It felt like a dead book.

With nowhere left to go, I opened up the New Testament and started reading. Very quickly, I came to the passage that said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

Electric, the words leapt off the page and jump-started my heart. I could not put the Bible down. I began reading fervently, reaching Matthew 10:37, which taught me that I must love God more than my mother and father.

“But Jesus,” I said, “accepting you would be like dying. I will have to give up everything.”

The next verses spoke to me, saying, “He who does not take his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for my sake will find it” (NASB). Jesus was being very blunt: For Muslims, following the gospel is more than a call to prayer. It is a call to die.

Betrayal

I knelt at the foot of my bed and gave up my life. A few days later, the two people I loved most in this world were shattered by my betrayal. To this day my family is broken by the decision I made, and it is excruciating every time I see the cost I had to pay.

But Jesus is the God of reversal and redemption. He redeemed sinners to life by his death, and he redeemed a symbol of execution by repurposing it for salvation. He redeemed my suffering by making me rely upon him for my every moment, bending my heart toward him. It was there in my pain that I knew him intimately. He reached me through investigations, dreams, and visions, and called me to prayer in my suffering. It was there that I found Jesus. To follow him is worth giving up everything.

Nabeel Qureshi is an itinerant speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim’s Journey to Christ (Zondervan).

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The Afghan 6. Screw Afghanistan

Posted by Judson Phillips on March 3, 2012 at 8:37am
~Steve~                                       H/T  Tea Party Nation.       

https://www.teapartynation.com/forum/topics/screw-afghanistan

Afghanistan is about to claim six more casualties. These people will not be killed but will be hurt as a result of the idiocy of the Obama Regime. They are the Koran Six.
Who are the Koran Six and why are the important? And why the hell are we still screwing around with Afghanistan?
The Koran Six are the five American military personnel and the one Afghan American interpreter who have been targeted by the so-called investigation into the Koran burnings in Afghanistan.
They will be set for disciplinary action so that we can try to calm the savages that pass for citizens in Afghanistan.
It is time to stand up and say screw Afghanistan.
For ten years, we have been there. We have been trying nation building for the last six or seven. We are propping up the regime of a lunatic, who is singularly incapable of operating a commode, much less a nation. The ingrate has repeatedly said his sympathies lie with the Islamists who want to kill him, rather than Americans who want to protect him.
Screw him and his hellhole of a country.
We are spending billions of dollars on that waste of a nation.
Why?
We send aid to them and if the Afghans see that the aid is coming from America, they burn it.
Screw them.
I’m tired of American blood being spilled for savages who live in the 7th century. I’m tired of American money being sent over to help people who hate us. I am tired of our money going to support a corrupt regime who spits on us every chance we get. I am tired of America’s sons and daughters being put in the position of having to trust the knuckle dragging Afghans, who are just as likely to turn and shoot them rather than help them.
Afghanistan is a phenomenal waste.
We have a President in this country who wants us to lose and who is doing everything possible to make certain we lose in Afghanistan. His only concern is making certain he is not blamed for it.
Screw him too.
I have a simple suggestion for the next President.
Our reason for going into Afghanistan was to keep it from being a terrorist playground. We need to deny Afghanistan to the terrorists and we need it as a base of operations to pressure both Pakistan and Iran.
Let’s put our people into their bases and just inform the Afghans that it is open season on the Taliban. We are going to kill them wherever we find them. If an Afghan village helps the Taliban, then an airstrike will wipe it off the map and we don’t care. Let’s send in loads of napalm and pesticide and wipe out their opium production so the Taliban lose their cash crop.
Forget this playing nice with them. If their Korans get burned, well that is just too bad. If they want to attack American bases because of that, we have guns, a lot of ammunition and people who know how to use them.
No more American lives should be lost, nor more American blood shed, nor treasure expended to try to remake that open sewer that we call Afghanistan. Our purpose there is only to protect America from terrorists who want to bring death and destruction to America’s shores.
While Barack Obama parties with his radical buddies in Washington and takes vacations every other week at taxpayer expense, the Koran Six have risked their lives in Afghanistan and will be sacrificed because some Korans got burned.
They do not deserve to be punished. They deserve medals.

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Warning!! This Will Make You Throw PC Out Window

OK, I’m a glutton for punishment. After yesterday’s Israel Policy speech, I could not blog for fear of what I’d say. Well check this Vid out on the Koran and U.S. policy.  I’ll be busy for a while. 

   Steve                                          H/T igor
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErzxOz3Dzv8&feature=player_embedded#at=194]

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Should Constitutional Protections Apply to the Practice of Islam in America?

I am delighted that Dave from Atlanta took on the difficult but urgently needed task of how Islam should be treated in America. Is Islam like other religions? If it is fundamentally different in nature and intent from other faiths, should its practitioners be accorded the same First Amendment rights of freedom of religion? Thought provoking. Highly recommend!
~Eowyn 

Under Islamic Sharia law, adultery is punishable by death by stoning


Should Constitutional Protections Apply to the Practice of Islam in America?
By D. Bouchard (aka Dave from Atlanta)
A columnist for Fellowship of the Minds
There is a certain naïveté on the part of many Americans in that we assume Muslims are entitled to the same freedom of religion in this country which other Americans enjoy. In the great debate over the proposed Ground Zero mosque, I also have repeated the popular mantra: “Sure they have a constitutional right to build the mosque there, but is it the respectful thing to do?” However, based on some recent reading I have done, I now have to say “Wait, not so fast. It may be that Muslims don’t have the constitutional right to build the mosque near Ground Zero.” Let me explain by examining what the U.S. Constitution actually says about religious rights.
The first part of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….” In the United States, we hold the “separation of church and state” as a sacred tenet and part of our cultural heritage. Our history is replete with stories of the Quakers and other fundamentalist groups who founded the first American colonies to seek freedom from religious persecution in England and Europe. 
The Founding Fathers intended the Constitution and its limits on government to be rooted in God-given freedoms. At the same time, the Founding Fathers were children of the Enlightenment who valued the human capacity for reason. And so they designed a government of reasoned principles, not based on religious dogma, which in our modern age is understood as the “separation of church and state” — words not found in the Constitution but in Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist’s Association in 1802: “wall of separation between church and state.”
Due to this socio-political heritage, it is easy for us to make the assumption that religion is by nature not government, and that government is not religion. I am by no means a religious scholar, but I have seen enough information lately to know that Islam, one of the world’s biggest religions by population, is quite different from our American idea of religion.
Islam, by nature and by its founder’s intent, is both a religion AND a political system. The establishment of Islam as the political system of theocracy is through Sharia law. In other words, there is no wall of separation between the Islamic “church” and state. Wherever Islam becomes firmly established, Muslims have attempted to usurp the political system there by Sharia law. The examples below will make clear the fundamental incompatibility of Sharia law and US Constitutional law. The two cannot coexist.
In the Judeo- Christian tradition, we have the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments originate in the Pentateuch — Judaism’s Torah and the first five books of Christianity’s Old Testament, believed to have been authored by Moses. Understood to be God’s Laws, those commandments had provided a basic framework for Western civilization. Although the West adapted much of the intent of those ten laws, the ten commandments were not applied verbatim to Western government. As an example, it is illegal to commit murder (“Thou shall not kill”), but it is not illegal to fail to observe the holiness of the Sabbath. The Sabbath is strictly a religious observation and is therefore exempt from enforceable laws.
Religious freedom is one of the core tenets of American freedom. We hold religious freedom very close to our hearts, so it is very difficult for Americans to think in terms of limiting religious freedom for anyone. However, due to the nature and aspiration of Islam, our generosity may be our undoing if we keep extending those same freedoms to Muslims in this country. In order to protect our way of life and the Constitution, we must draw a very clear delineation between Islam as a faith and Islam as a governmental system.
The fact that Islam is both a religion and a political system provokes many questions regarding Islam’s protected status in this country: What is the legal definition of “religion”? Is a religion that is also a political system still just a religion? Can a religion whose political tenets conflict with the Constitution be afforded religious protection? How can we, as a people, be protected from the encroachment of the Islamic practices that are already usurping the Constitution of the United States in some areas in this country? Should we challenge the status of Islam as a protected religion in this country? For our very survival, do we need a landmark decision stating that recognizing Islam being both a religion and an aspiring (if not actual) theocracy, the practice of Islam therefore should not be accorded the same protection that we give other faiths?
To evaluate the possible threat to this country by the steady encroachment of Islam, we need only to look at the history and recent experiences of countries like France, Britain, Iran and Turkey to see Islam’s totalitarian grasp on its host society as the number of practicing Muslims increases in that country. The United States can be an exception to that pattern only if Muslims practice their religion without invoking and imposing Sharia law.
Mike Ghouse is an American Muslim and religious scholar who maintains that “public sharia” must be left behind in America while “private Sharia” should continue to be practiced by Muslims. In his own words, “We can retain the private Sharia and let go of the public Sharia; the civil laws of our nation provide ample justice, and we don’t need a duplicate system. Sharia law was never considered divine to begin with. Hence, there is no need to even dream about it.” At the same time, however, Ghouse also states that many Muslims are led to believe that Sharia law is divine.”
Ghouse was not only trying to allay the fears of Americans, he was also trying to teach Muslims that Sharia law is not needed in this country. But many of his faith believe differently. At the same time as he tries to paint a moderate face on Islam in America, Ghouse singled out several people on the political right (whose faith in Christianity is perhaps equally as intense as his own) as being hate-mongers against Islam: “This may be bad news for the likes of Bridgette Gabriel, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, John Hagee and a host of other right-wingers, who thrive on selling hate and painting chaotic scenarios.” So even a man who claims to be a voice of reason trying to chart a peaceful course for Muslims in America cannot restrain himself from slinging a little mud at Christians who have expressed concerns regarding the spread of Islam in this country.
At the very least, there is a huge chasm of understanding between the traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs in this country and those of Islam. At worst, we are quietly being overrun by a primitive, totalitarian religion-ideology whose aim is the destruction of the US Constitution and western civilization itself. How can we, as Americans, feel safe in allowing Muslim communities to grow and flourish in America when all of the examples we have seen thus far of Muslim incursions into Europe and the Middle East have resulted in the barbaric practices of stoning and beheading, and the oppression of women and religious minorities, especially Christians and Jews?
Until we have a viable, proven model of an American Islam that assimilates into the larger culture and respects as ultimate law the U.S. Constitution instead of Sharia, Americans should be very wary of granting instant “religious freedom” to practitioners of Islam. In my mind, and based on what I have seen and heard thus far, Islam is really not a religion as we understand it. It is a religion that is also a totalitarian political ideology. Until we have established a legal precedent that clearly defines the “free” expression of Islam as excluding the practice of Sharia law, Americans should be on guard against the spread of Islam in this country.
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The American Thinker has exposed 10 pillars and beliefs within Sharia law that are contrary to American laws:

  1. Islam commands that drinkers and gamblers should be whipped.
  2. Islam allows husbands to hit their wives even if the husbands merely fear highhandedness in their wives.
  3. Islam allows an injured plaintiff to exact legal revenge-physical eye for physical eye.
  4. Islam commands that a male and female thief must have a hand cut off.
  5. Islam commands that highway robbers should be crucified or mutilated.
  6. Islam commands that homosexuals must be executed.
  7. Islam orders unmarried fornicators to be whipped and adulterers to be stoned to death.
  8. Islam orders death for Muslim and possible death for non-Muslim critics of Muhammad, the Quran, and Sharia.
  9. Islam orders apostates to be killed.
  10. Islam commands offensive and aggressive and unjust jihad.

Quran verses calling Muslims to war with nonbelievers:

  • Quran (2:191-193): “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution of Muslims is worse than slaughter of non-believers and fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.”
  • Quran (2: 216): “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.”
  • Quran (3:56): “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”
  • Quran (3:151): “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority.” This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity.
  • Quran (4:74): “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.”

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