By Daniel Dunoo
It was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who once opined: “It does not matter how long you live, but how well you live it.” Lucius Annaeus similarly noted: “Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.” Put another way, one writer stated: “It is not the years in your life that counts, it`s the life in your years.” So apt!!!
This post is in loving memory of a young man whose life and ministry impacted the lives of several thousands across the globe. Nabeel Qureshi (April 13, 1983 – September 16, 2017) was a devout Ex-Muslim turned Christian apologist. He earned an M.D. from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, an M.A. in Religion from Duke University and M. Phil in Judaism and Christianity from the University of Oxford. It was while he was pursuing a Doctorate in New Testament Studies at the University of Oxford, he was diagnosed of advanced stomach cancer.
He worked as a speaker/team member with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, a ministry founded by famed Christian Apologist Dr. Ravi Zacharias. As part of his speaking engagements, Dr. Qureshi lectured thousands of students in more than 100 universities including Oxford and John Hopkins and participated in 18 moderated public debates on at least 3 continents among others.
On August 30, 2016, he broke the news of his diagnosis to his over 150,000 followers. In a profound post, he shared:
Dear Friends and Family,
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. 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.
In the past few days my spirits have soared and sank as I pursue the Lord’s will and consider what the future might look like, but never once have I doubted this: that Jesus is Lord, His blood has paid my ransom, and by His wounds I am healed. I have firm faith that my soul is saved by the grace and mercy of the Triune God, and not by any accomplishment or merit of my own. I am so thankful that I am a child of the Father, redeemed by the Son, and sealed in the Spirit. No, in the midst of the storm, I do not have to worry about my salvation, and for that I praise you, God.
Unfortunately this means I am no longer able to engage in traveling ministry for the time being. I am canceling almost all my speaking events, with a few exceptions. From this point on until such a time as the Lord might choose to heal me, I intend to blog or vlog about my journey with cancer, transparently offering my heart, thoughts, and struggles in case they might encourage others and glorify God. I will no longer be with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, though it has been an absolute privilege to be on the team for the past 3 years. My third book, No God But One: Allah or Jesus?, launched today, and I still intend to write my next book, 20 Questions Muslims Ask and the Answers that Convert Them. Beyond that, the Lord knows.
Friends and family, may I ask you to fast and pray fervently for my healing? I do not profess to know the will of the Lord, but many of my close friends and confidants are convinced that this is a trial through which the Lord intends to bring me alive and refined. May His will be done, and may I invite you to seek Him in earnest, on your knees, fasting on my behalf, asking our Yahweh Rapha for healing in Jesus’ name.
And as you pray and fast, “I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.” (Philippians 1:18-20)
For His Glory,
Qureshi authored three best-selling books namely, “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A devout Muslim encounters Christianity”, “Answering Jihad: A better way forward”, and “No God but One – Allah or Jesus.” These books can be purchased here: Dr. Nabeel Qureshi Books.
In his battle against stomach cancer and in spite of much pain, he remained steadfast in his faith and continued to share his faith with many, even while on his sick bed. He passed on during the afternoon of Saturday, September 16th, 2017 at the tender age of 34. He is survived by a wife, Michelle Qureshi and a daughter, Ayah Qureshi.
“Death is nothing to be feared. Jesus has conquered it, and we are in him. His resurrection has been the locus of Christian confidence from the inception of the Church.” -Dr. Nabeel Qureshi
To read more about the life and works of Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, visit: www.nabeelqureshi.com. May his soul continue resting in peace.
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