God has taken me on an incredible journey. I feel like He has designed me to do what I am doing these days. My childhood years in Syria, followed by many years in Lebanon, fifteen great years in Egypt, and my time in the United States since 1991 are all part of His plan for my life.
I am grateful to God that I have had the opportunity to learn to stand in the shoes of Muslims and see the world through their eyes. I am also grateful to God that I have learned to interpret Islam and Muslims for Christians in America and in the West.
When I heard the news about the 9/11 attack, I was shocked but not surprised. My shock came from the magnitude of the attack and how evil it was. I was not surprised, however, because for years I had expected that the "rumbling volcano" of Islamic fundamentalism, which I addressed in one of my books, would erupt.
For eight days after 9/11, I was confused, sad, and anxious. On September 19, God transformed my confusion, sorrow, and anxiety into passion for the Great Commission.
As a result of 9/11, it's easy for Christians in the West to have an attitude toward Muslims similar to that of Jonah toward the Ninevites. Jonah was a missionary without a missionary's heart. Some of us tend to be very much like him. My passion is to help Christians in general, and American Christians in particular develop a clearer and more objective understanding of Islam. When there is understanding, compassion and love develop.