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Answering Jihad by Nabeel Qureshi
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it was amazing
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The words flow like warm honey in this provocative inquiry into the multiple meanings of Islamic jihad. Written in early 2016, in an urgent response to the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, the author, a former Muslim, investigates the historical foundations of the faith, and reveals core Quranic teachings at odds with the perception of Islam as a religion of peace.

Qureshi believes that forewarned is forearmed; his investigation of primary sources reveals truths that the average American Muslim is unaware of. Radicalized Muslims,"explicitly exposed to the violent traditions of early Islam,"seek a return to the 'golden age' of Islam. The jihadists, in pursuit of a global caliphate, are killing both non-believers and fellow Muslims "out of an understanding that the average expression of Islam today is too far removed from the teachings of Muhammad and the Quran."

Qureshi's answer to the 'confusion, misdirected anger, and misinformation' surrounding ISIS and so-called lone wolf attacks is to show compassion. He writes that "in the face of jihad, the Christian Jesus teaches his followers to respond with love. . . . This is not the final step in answering jihad, but it is the correct first step." Islam in the United States is "much more inclusive and diverse than anywhere else in the world," and an embrace of Muslim friends and neighbors will encourage peace and understanding in our communities.

While written to guide Christians in their response to recent jihadist attacks, every reader will find much to contemplate in Qureshi's missive from the heart.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Reading Progress

February 12, 2016 – Shelved
February 19, 2016 – Started Reading
February 19, 2016 –
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February 20, 2016 –
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68.18% "Prose and thoughts flow like warm honey in this analysis of the origins and multiple meanings of Jihad. Surprising conclusions from a former American Muslim."
February 20, 2016 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Zippergirl (last edited Feb 20, 2016 04:32PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Zippergirl Up to the moment consideration of Isis and the Jihadists/Salafists who are attacking both the kafirs, or non-believers, and fellow Muslims in their quest for global sharia law. Qureshi wrote this book in three weeks following the Paris and San Bernadino attacks. He brings a unique perspective as a former Muslim who, after digging deeply into the Quran and New Testament, converted to the teachings of Jesus.

message 2: by B the BookAddict (last edited Feb 21, 2016 12:37PM) (new)

B the BookAddict I don't think I'm alone in thinking that the Jihadist maybe too far removed from the teachings of Muhammad and the Quran.

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