Nabeel Qureshi was one of the first apologists I can remember being exposed to. Formally a Muslim, Quereshi converted to Christianity through his exploration of the life of Jesus Christ. WORD! Much of his conversion story can be found in his book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. From the moment of his conversion he has delivered one of the strongest apologetics to the Muslim community in recent years. See a video of his full story here. It is rockstar quality stuff peeps. His love and fervor for the Muslim community is unquestionable as is his profound knowledge of the subject.
Check out Nabeel in Action here.
Qureshi’s pedigree is above reproach. He received his BA from Old Dominion, a MA from both Duke and Biola, and a MD from Eastern Virginia School of Medicine before attending the University of Oxford for his Master’s of Philosophy degree. By the way, he appears to have done all of this before the age of 32 (my current age) for which I must give him mad props.
I have followed Nabeel on and off for about 4 years now. His apologetic is robust, rooted in intellectual rigor, and delivered with an enviable love and gentleness. Nabeel travels the world delivering the gospel to Muslims and partners frequently with Ravi Zacharias ministries. Nabeel lives with his wife and young daughter and is very active on social media and YouTube. I suppose I like that I share the basics with Nabeel, a Young family, a toddler, a curiousity of scripture, and a longing to deliver a pointed apologetic. Outside of that, Nabeel’s incredible depth and breadth of knowledge certainly leave me wanting.
I hadn’t seen anything from Nabeel of an apologetic nature for some time so, one night late, I did a quick Google search. I was stunned to find this: *Click the image below
As I sat there watching Nabeel’s plead for a miracle tears welled up in my eyes. It was so clear the pain Nabeel was going through physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I wanted to be so angry for him. I wanted to scream through my computer screen “This isn’t fair!”, “You can save so many others by living!”. However, Nabeel also had a profound sense of what I can only call righteous contentment. I saw a quality in Nabeel that I don’t think I currently have. At just 33, with his entire life ahead of him he was staring death in the face with an unwavering faith.
“This is an announcement that I never expected to make, but God in His infinite and sovereign wisdom has chosen me for this refining, and I pray He will be glorified through my body and my spirit,” Qureshi wrote. “My family and I have received the news that I have advanced stomach cancer, and the clinical prognosis is quite grim. Nonetheless, we are going to pursue healing aggressively, both medical and miraculous, relying on God and the fact that He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” -Nabeel to his Facebook Followers upon Diagnosis
Nabeel Qureshi died on September 16th, 2017. He leaves behind a young wife, an adorable toddler, and a budding ministry. His life and death have been on my mind a lot lately. At this point I think I have more questions than answers.
“Why would God choose to take away a soul that could make such impact for his kingdom?”
“How would I spend my last few days if I knew I only had a couple?”
“What lives would be different because I lived?”
“What legacy would I leave for my wife and son?”
“Does what I’m doing every day have a redeeming eternal consequence?”
I suppose these types of questions are typical and something we all struggle with through different seasons of our lives. I never want to become immune to the pain and suffering of others. I want my story to count. I want my words to mean something. Though we never met, Nabeel’s life had a profound impact on my own. He lived a life of integrity and harmony even with those who were in opposition to him. I think this is and example we should all take head of. Nabeel was a game changer. Will you be?
See ya on the flip side brother.
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