Even if you don’t have a passion to know about Islam it’s a book everyone needs to read in order to prepare to answer others who may talk with us about Muslims and radical Islam. The book is separated into 18 different questions as it explores the meaning and origins of jihad, jihad today, and jihad in a Judeo-Christian context. Also, Nabeel answers some hot topic questions like is Islam a religion of peace, do Christians and Muslims worship the same God, and what does Jesus have to do with jihad?
Reading through this book I immediately thought about the September 11th attacks on the United States. If you are anything like me you remember where you were that day. I was in downtown Chicago and everyone was filled with fear. And I think that is what a lot of people are feeling today as we watch the news and see radical Muslims attacking the innocent. It does not make a lot of sense to American’s who before 9/11 did not know much, if anything, about the religion of Islam. But we must not look away or assume that all Muslims condone the actions of these radical muslims.
One of the problems in our world today is that we do not understand what Muslims believe or how they view the world and even God. Nabeel writes about what it is like to live as a Muslim as well clearly stating what jihad is and how Muslims interpret it.
Answering Jihad is a book that is relevant to everybody. It is clear that radical Muslims are here to stay as we look at the San Bernadino shooting, the assault on Paris, and various other attacks around the world being orchestrated by ISIS, Boko Haram, and Al-Qaida.
We are looking for a better way forward, even our current republican presidential candidates have been asked about what actions they would take against ISIS. However, there is a better answer in Answering Jihad because it provides the answers we so desperately need.