By Nabeel Qureshi
From manhattan instances bestselling writer and previous Muslim Nabeel Qureshi comes this own, not easy, and respectful resolution to the numerous questions surrounding jihad, the increase of ISIS, and Islamic terrorism.
San Bernardino was once the main deadly terror assault on American soil seeing that 11th of September, and it got here at the heels of a coordinated attack on Paris. there's no query that innocents have been slaughtered within the identify of Allah and within the approach of jihad, yet do the terrorists’ activities really replicate the faith of Islam? the reply to this query is extra urgent than ever, as waves of Muslim refugees arrive within the West looking defend from the violent ideology of ISIS.
Setting apart speculations and competing voices, what relatively is jihad? How are we to appreciate jihad relating to our Muslim buddies and neighbors? Why is there one of these surge of Islamist terrorism on the planet this present day, and the way are we to respond?
In Answering Jihad, bestselling writer Nabeel Qureshi (Seeking Allah, discovering Jesus) solutions those questions from the point of view of a former Muslim who's deeply involved for either his Muslim family members and his American native land.
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Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward by Nabeel Qureshi