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On Saturday, September 16, 2017, Nabeel Qureshi, age 34, entered into the joy of his master, Jesus Christ, after enduring a yearlong battle with cancer.

Islam Was All

Nabeel was born in California as a U.S. citizen to Pakistani immigrants who fled religious persecution at the hands of fellow Muslims. His parents were devout members of the peaceful Ahmadi sect of Islam, which differs from orthodox Islam on some minor doctrines but shares with it a belief in the six articles of faith

  • belief in tawheed [absolute monotheism]
  • belief in the prophets
  • belief in the books
  • belief in the unseen
  • belief in the day of judgment
  • belief in the decree of Allah

and holds to the five pillars of the faith

  • reciting the shahada (witness of faith)
  • praying the salaat (ritual prayer)
  • paying the zakaat (alms)
  • fasting
  • performing hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).

Nabeel’s family was the most loving and tightly knit family that he knew. And it was entirely centered on Islam, which formed the framework and blueprint of his life.

His mother taught him Urdu and Arabic before he learned English at the age of 4. By the age of 5, he had read the entire Qur’an in Arabic and had memorized many chapters.

His parents also trained him in apologetics so that he would not only believe in Islam, but could defend it and refute other religions like Christianity.

Encountering the Claims of Christ

In August 2001, while a student at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Nabeel observed fellow student David Wood reading the Bible in his free time. Nabeel regularly read the Qur’an, but it struck him as odd to see a Christian reading the Bible on his own.

Nabeel challenged David’s belief in Christianity, beginning with the charge that the Bible had been corrupted over time. Wood aspired to be a Christian apologist, and the two young men formed a friendship and engaged in debate that lasted for several years.

In working through David’s arguments and examining the evidence for himself, Nabeel eventually became convinced of the general reliability of the New Testament.

He next raised the objection that Jesus never claimed to be God. After being shown this was untrue, Nabeel challenged David that Jesus had never died on the cross. Again, by being willing to investigate the evidence, Nabeel changed his mind.

It was now two and a half years later, and Nabeel raised the greatest stumbling block for accepting Christianity: how could one man die for another man’s sins? And how could the one true God be a Trinity? He was now reading the Bible and considering Christ’s claims for himself.

In return, David began to challenge Nabeel’s confidence in the claims of Islam. Intellectually, Nabeel held to Islam for several subjective reasons (like the kind of life it produced), but objectively, the central claim was that Islam was true because Muhammad was a true prophet of God. But after studying primary sources and biographies, Nabeel eventually concluded that he could not reasonably hold to the idea that Muhammad is the greatest of prophets and history’s most perfect man.

From December 2004 to April 2005, Nabeel experienced three vivid dreams that strongly suggested to him that Christianity is true and that Christ should be followed.

Later that year, he traveled to Washington, D.C., Canada, and England to search out knowledgeable Muslims who could answer the arguments against Islam that he had encountered. “I heard various replies running the gamut from terribly unconvincing to fairly innovative, and I encountered people that ranged from sincere to condescendingly caustic. At the end of my research, the arguments for and against Islam still hung in the balance, but one thing was abundantly clear: they were far from approaching the strength of the case for Christianity.”

Christ Is All

Nabeel described for Christianity Today his final conversion to Christ, while a medical student, and the effect it had on his world:

I began mourning the impact of the decision I knew I had to make. On the first day of my second year of medical school, it became too much to bear. Yearning for comfort, I decided to skip school. Returning to my apartment, I placed the Qur’an and the Bible in front of me. I turned to the Qur’an, but there was no comfort there. For the first time, the book seemed utterly irrelevant to my suffering. Irrelevant to my life. It felt like a dead book.

With nowhere left to go, I opened up the New Testament and started reading. Very quickly, I came to the passage that said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

Electric, the words leapt off the page and jump-started my heart. I could not put the Bible down. I began reading fervently, reaching Matthew 10:37, which taught me that I must love God more than my mother and father.

“But Jesus,” I said, “accepting you would be like dying. I will have to give up everything.”

The next verses spoke to me, saying, “He who does not take his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for my sake will find it” (NASB). Jesus was being very blunt: For Muslims, following the gospel is more than a call to prayer. It is a call to die.

I knelt at the foot of my bed and gave up my life.

A few days later, the two people I loved most in this world were shattered by my betrayal. To this day my family is broken by the decision I made, and it is excruciating every time I see the cost I had to pay.

But Jesus is the God of reversal and redemption. He redeemed sinners to life by his death, and he redeemed a symbol of execution by repurposing it for salvation. He redeemed my suffering by making me rely upon him for my every moment, bending my heart toward him. It was there in my pain that I knew him intimately. He reached me through investigations, dreams, and visions, and called me to prayer in my suffering. It was there that I found Jesus. To follow him is worth giving up everything.

In another place, he recounts the incredible pain this created in his family:

After my family learned of my conversion, they have not been the same.

My mother has tears in her eyes whenever I see her, a quiver in her voice whenever I hear her, and absolute despair on her face in sleep and while awake. Never have I met a mother more devoted to her children than my mother, and how did I repay her? In her mind, decades’ worth of emotional and physical investment ended up with her son espousing views that are completely antithetical to everything she stands for.

My father, a loving, gentle, and big-hearted man with every ounce of the emotional strength expected of a 24-year veteran of the U.S. military, broke down for the first time that I had ever seen. To be the cause of the only tears I ever saw fall from his eyes is not easy to live with. To hear him . . . the man who stood tallest in my life from the day I was born, my archetype of strength, my father . . .  to hear him say that because of me he felt his backbone has been ripped out from behind him, feels like patricide.

It was then that I wondered why God had let me live; why had God not just lifted me to himself when I had found the truth? Why did I have to hurt my family so much, and practically eschew the ones who loved me more than anyone else?

The answer was sought and found in God’s Word. After accepting him, it is my duty to work for him and walk his path. For now, my loss was to be comforted by his words found in Mark 10:29-30:

“I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.”

Ambassador and Apologist

Nabeel went on to study Christian apologetics at Biola University, graduating with an MA in 2008, while also completing his medical degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School, graduating in 2009. In 2012, he completed an MA in religion at Duke University, and then entered an MPhil and PhD program at Oxford University in New Testament studies. In 2013, he became an itinerant speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministry.

In February 2014, Nabeel published his first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity (Zondervan), which landed on The New York Times bestseller list, and was awarded the Christian Book Award for both “Best New Author” and “Best Non-Fiction Book” of 2015. It has sold more than a quarter of a million copies.

In 2015, Nabeel’s wife, Michelle, gave birth to their daughter, Ayah Fatima Qureshi, named after a Christian martyr.

In March 2016, Zondervan published Nabeel’s book Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward.

Five months later, in August 2016, Zondervan released No God But One: Allah or Jesus? A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and Christianity.

Cancer

On the day of the book release for No God But One, Nabeel wrote the following on Facebook, announcing that he had been diagnosed with advanced stomach cancer:

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. . . .

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,
-Nabeel

In October 2016, his wife, Michelle, suffered a miscarriage, and in May 2017, Nabeel announced that the radiation had not worked and that the cancer had spread to his chest.

During this time, Nabeel’s parents came to Houston, where he lives, and helped to care for him:

In September 2017, his doctors decided to place him on palliative care, as there were no further medical options to pursue.

As a Christian apologist with a special focus on Islam, Nabeel was often introduced as a “former Muslim.” He felt ambivalence about the label, wondering if he would be forever bound by the life he left. When asked about this by Boundless, he responded:

We don’t identify other Christians as “former adulterers,” “former narcissists,” etc. I have been made a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), I strive every day to cast off the old self and to put on the new (Ephesians 4:22-24), reflecting the fact that I have been born again from above (John 3:3).

I would be thrilled if I never had to talk about Islam again, focusing instead on the awe-inspiring power of God’s incarnation and resurrection!

But, he added:

. . .  as long as there are Muslims, there will be Christians who need to be equipped to share the Gospel with them in compelling compassion.

Until that is no longer the case, I am honored to discuss my former way of life to build up the body of Christ.

Glory and Joy

Today, Nabeel Qureshi, beholding his Savior face to face, is able to declare what is true:

I have fought the good fight.

I have finished the race.

I have kept the faith.

Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

(2 Tim. 4:7-8)

Entering into the joy of his Master, he undoubtedly heard the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

A fund has been created for Nabeel’s wife and daughter, which you can contribute to here.

Nabeel’s funeral was held on September 21, 2017. You can watch it in its entirety below, courtesy of Ravi Zacharias International Ministry.

The first 27 minutes is a photographic montage of his life.

The first speaker is Jim Tour of Rice University, one of the most cited chemists in the world.

The second speaker is Ravi Zacharias.

If you want to go straight to Ravi’s eulogy, see the video below:


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120 thoughts on “Nabeel Qureshi (1983-2017)”

  1. Paula says:

    A brief but intensely shining light for Jesus. If only all of us would burn half so brightly.

    1. Charlotte says:

      Heartbroken, but Nabeel is walking in Christ’s victory over death! What if we all lived like Nabeel did? Lord, have mercy.

    2. MELINDA LEMMON says:

      A wonderfully fitting tribute. Thank you so much for this. His last video was perhaps the best of all testimonies to Christian practice.

    3. Debbie Bosch says:

      Amen!

  2. Amy says:

    Nabeel has inspired me through his books and vlogs. I will continue to pray for his family through these coming months! Praise Jesus for the hope He has given.

  3. Sarah David says:

    A beautiful and enlightening tribute! Praise God for his life and testimony.

  4. Liz says:

    Nabeel is fully immersed in the light of Christ now and is feeling no pain. But this is a very sad day for his family, and we must comfort and care for them with tender mercy. I learned so much from him as he bore his heavy cross with such dignity, as well as deep compassion for others who were suffering. I will miss him like a brother. His smile and sense of humor were bright lights in the darkness for many of us. May you rest, joyfully, in the peace and light of Christ, Nabeel.
    Liz

    For Jesus is Our Hope: through his Merciful Heart, as through an Open Gate, we pass through to Heaven. ( Diary of St. Faustina, passage 1570 )

    1. Dean McClelland says:

      Amen.

  5. Julie says:

    Nabeel’s work inspired us so much, encouraging us to invite Muslims into our home and lives. Nabeel will be dearly missed, but the impact of his life and story will live on!

  6. Usha says:

    Oh my heart is filled with sorrow to hear this news. Nabeel you inspired me, a 1st generation Hindu convert from forward caste to pursue PhD.

  7. Carol McRee says:

    I knew he was sick and was being given palliative care. Just thought about him yesterday. One of the most stirring speakers I have ever heard at the Mere Anglicanism Conference! Unforgettable testimony! I can still see him- in my mind- pacing the stage and telling his story. He had many in the audience crying with his heart-rendering testimony. While his faith meant isolation from his family, he remained faithful to the end! May Nabeel rest in peace and rise in Glory!

  8. abebe Woldesemayat says:

    He shined his light to billions. May his life of obedience to the truth be an example to spruce us up to live to our Savior and God Jesus Christ….RIP, brother

  9. STANLEY GEORGE says:

    I know for sure that one day not so far away I will meet you, Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, on that beautiful shore. Amen!

  10. Bruce Cooper says:

    Thank you so much Justin for this beautiful testimony of Nabeel’s walk with God.

  11. Eugene Hatfield says:

    Very very sorry for the loss and prayers for his family

  12. Mahomed Hameed says:

    This write up starts with inaccuracies.
    There is a great difference between Ahmedis and mainstream Muslims.
    They believe the Ahmed of Quadiaan was the final Prophet. This does not comply with the shahadah- so in my view he was an Ahmedi and not a main stream Muslim.
    I wish the family peace!

    1. steve hays says:

      From a Christian perspective, all the sects and schools of Islam are false, so the demarcation between Ahmedis and “mainstream” Muslims is a distinction without a difference. In addition, Sunnis anathematize Shia, and vice versa. The various schools and sects of Islam regard their rivals as inauthentic expressions of Islam, so the objection backfires.

      1. Jon Trott says:

        It is unfortunate that you ignore the facts presented by the Muslim commenter above and then turn to trashing his religion. That’s not the spirit that was shown by the man being written about here. Visit a mosque. Make friends with Muslims. Argue theology over coffee with them. But do not trash talk their faith, which is no less precious to them than yours is to you or mine (I am a Christian) is to me.

        1. I’m saddened by our loss. Especially for his wife and daughter. Please know that a great man of God has left us and is now in the presence of our Lord. I’m also saddened, as I believe Nabeel would be, that others take this as an opportunity to spread discord. His testimony has been an inspiration to me and he will be mourned and missed.

        2. steve hays says:

          Does the Bible “trash-talk” paganism?

    2. steve hays says:

      I don’t have a personal stake in the issue, but for what it’s worth, here’s a response to the claim that Ahmadis aren’t real Muslims:

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/qasim-rashid/10-fabrications-muslim-leaders-need-to-stop-making-about-ahmadi-muslims_b_5854492.html

  13. Amie says:

    I only discovered him when someone shared his cancer announcement.

  14. Roy says:

    What a joy to read his books and see the power of God at work in his life!

  15. Florence Finnegan says:

    Nabeel has been and will be a light to point to Jesus. Jesus’ ministry in earth was over in His mid thirties. He did not come in vain. Nabeel’s life in earth ended also in his mid thirties. As his family grieves for him, let them feel comfort that he did not live in vain. He has been a good and faithful servant who has entered into his Master’s rest.

  16. Jay says:

    Beautiful…

  17. Patrick Lacson says:

    Thank you, Justin, for this tribute to Nabeel’s life and ministry. The Lord has used Nabeel’s very short ministry and testimony to impact my life for the Gospel. May the Lord raise up many more Nabeel’s who will live and die for the glory of Jesus Christ.

  18. Jenny Sims says:

    Nabeel was an inspiration to many and his life will live on in the ones that were touched by his life and ministry
    He will be greatly missed but now in the arms of Jesus

  19. laurie l pelosi says:

    Rest well Nabeel, you gave a good fight, our sorrows are with those you have left behind. But your legacy will live one. Rest now with Jesus.

  20. Betty Knapp says:

    The righteous person perishes, and nobody gives it a thought. Godly men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous person is taken away from the evil yet to come.
    Yesha ‘yahu (Isa) 57:1 CJB

  21. MELINDA LEMMON says:

    A wonderful tribute to a wonderful friend. His last video #43 was perhaps the greatest testimony to Christian practice I have witnessed.

  22. Scott Grady says:

    Peace by with you.

  23. Jim Deal says:

    I am deeply saddened by this news. Nabeel will be greatly missed. Maybe only eternity will reveal the wisdom in taking Nabeel home in the prime of his life. But one thing we are sure of. There are no mistakes in Gods dealers in the life of his children. I will be forever grateful for how his work helped me to understand Islam in a new way. In Christ there are never losses but only victories.

  24. What a painful loss to the whole body of Christ. In his brief life, God used him immensely to equip his body for such a time as this. His books are more relevant today. Let’s continue to remember his young family, not only in prayer but in kind. May God continue to cover them in his unfathomable relentless love.

  25. LeeAnn says:

    I had prayed that we all could keep him longer here for he was such a gift and so gifted in sharing his faith. May his books and vidoes help him live on. He is now in his Savior’s arms, the One he gave his life for. AMEN
    May his family be loved and ministered to as they will truely miss him and may they learn and serve Jesus as well. Someday we will all sit at our Lord table together.

  26. Flora Berthin says:

    Sorrowful to hear this sad news. Our Omnipotent God answer our prayers in His own mighty ways for our best. “Job 1:21 ….. The Lord gave and the has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” Nabeel’s life and testimony of his new life in Christ brought to so many of God’s love as he continually offer to everyone. We will missed Nabeel, but his wonderful love and passion he served to reach other for the Lord will always be remembered. We will meet you Dr. Nabeel Qureshi on that place Jesus prepare for us. I pray for God’s presence, love and comfort to his family snd friends.

  27. Jess says:

    I was believing God for a healing. I’m so sorry for his family and friends but I know that he feels no more pain. And that he is worshipping God with everything he’s got.

    1. Jason Daniel says:

      God never promises healing in this life; only in the hereafter. His ways are not our ways, but I trust Him in whatever path He leads.

  28. Oluwafemi Christian says:

    My heart goes to his wife and daughter as well to his father, mother, and siblings. Peace and comfort.
    What a life so short yet so meaningful! God’s ways are unfathomable. Thank you, Lord, for giving us the grace to rejoice a while in the light of this short life.
    “[Nabeel] was a burning and shining lamp, and [we] were willing to rejoice… in his light”* for the short time it burned. Oh Lord, give us all the grace to rejoice in your light forever [just as Nabeel is now], rejoice in Jesus Christ, the Light Nabeel has invited us to behold. Thank you, Justin Taylor, for the post.
    *John 5:35

  29. Matthew J Thanabalan says:

    I am very very sad about this. Jesus used this suffering servant in such a beautiful way, and truly precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saint. Praying for his family and his kids.

  30. Lorna webb says:

    No words can express my sadness. The Holy Spirit decided to take you home to all your love ones waiting for you. What a star you are!!

  31. Rest in peace Nabeel, I’ve learned so much from you. See you in heaven.

  32. Shelly Fox says:

    Looking forward to Heaven, good and faithful servant…..Thank you for bringing the word of God to the people.

  33. Duicy says:

    I feel sad he’s no more with us. But He accomplished what a normal life cannot in just 33+1 years. Praise be to God for a life truly &fully lived . We’ll be praying for his family to be comforted from above & salvation .

  34. Eric Beernink says:

    Amen xoxo pray

  35. Angela Naglis says:

    God did amazing things through Nabeel. This man touched the hearts of many! Like Jesus wept when Lazarus died, Christians all over the world weep at this great loss. Just as Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, we rejoice and are certain Nabeel has been raised into glory to be with our master Jesus Christ.

  36. Jeremiah Holcombe says:

    I was never able to meet Dr. Qureshi, but his videos on YouTube have greatly helped me in understanding Islam and how I may reach out to muslims. I cannot wait to meet him in our Lord’s kingdom.

  37. Vanessa K says:

    Viewed some of the speeches…and some of the vlogs of this dear young minister. May God give comfort to his widow and child, and to extended family and friends.

    And may Nabeel’s short but bright life…light up the path for others to find You, Lord!

  38. Elena Workman says:

    R.I.P. NABEEL, YOU HAVE LEFT AN AMAZING LEGACY BEHIND.
    I WILL KEEP YOUR FAMILY IN OUR PRAYERS.

  39. doug sayers says:

    Thank You Justin / TGC.

    With mercy and with judgment
    My Web of time He wove;
    And always dews of sorrow
    Were lustered with His love;
    I’ll bless the hand that guided,
    I’ll bless the heart that planned,
    When throned where glory dwelleth in Immanuel’s land.

  40. Esther Vesely says:

    I have never known anybody with such a passion and courage to defend the faith that found in Jesus Christ. Jesus has welcomed you with His big and Almighty opened arms in His heavenly presence. Your legacy, Nabeel, stays with us, and will continue to spread to many people. Our prayers are with your family.

  41. steve hays says:

    In his terminal illness, it would have been tempting for Nabeel to feel that Christ let him down and recant his Christian conversion, but he remained steadfast to the bitter end.

  42. Charlotte says:

    All of Nabeel is with all of Jesus. That is the joy in this sorrow. You loved us well, my brother. May God comfort his wife and daughter, his parents and family.

  43. Brad Bradsher says:

    So sad to hear of this precious man’s passing. He is with Jesus now! No more pain, no more sorrow!
    Rest in peace, my brother!

  44. Tracy from Australia says:

    So grateful for Nabeel’s detailed personal journey from the faith of his loving devoted family to his faith in following Jesus, not to diminish his heritage or to dishonour them, but because Truth and Love compelled him. What a great man! May his precious wife, daughter and wider family be blessed with the legacy and teaching he has left, and fulfill his deepest desire for them to follow too so that they will all be together again one glorious, never-ending day.

  45. Abin says:

    I was praying to God for his healing in the morning after I got up. Then I checked my phone and heard he is already with the Lord.
    Even though I am born a Christian, I look up to Nabil for his faith and wish I could die one day with the same conviction and peace that Nabil had by knowing God so intimately.

  46. Bailey Cuello says:

    And now Nabeel has received his FINAL HEALING, for he is with our Lord. Bless his family.

  47. Patsy Capps says:

    What a rich blessing to have the opportunity to share in the life of this fine man and his ministry of serving HIM! I’ll be reading over and over again his material.

  48. JerS says:

    Thank you, Father, for sending this brother to us even if only in a brief moment.

  49. Cliffton says:

    RIP my hero.. A great person who inspire me alot… Thanks u so muc for changing my life…. May God b wit ur family… I hope one day we ll meet in person…

  50. Mo says:

    Oh, I am just hearing now of his passing. What a lovely young man he was. I never met him but I watched his videos and prayed for him often.

    I am heartbroken. And yet I know he is with his Lord, whom he loved so very much.

    1. shirin says:

      I feel the pain of the family….but the same time we know …will meet our dear one in heaven and stay together forever….Nabeel the lord made you a brave Nabeel….and now you are with your Saviour….your loving wife and your sweet daughter will never be alone here in this world…but The faithfull lord and His people will always with them….Nabeel you are in rest in heaven now but your live testimonies and massages will be working for many in this world….

  51. John P Samuel says:

    Never seen Nabeel face to face.But his vlogs have left an indelible mark in my heart.Heartbroken.May God comfort his wife, child, and parents.

  52. I. Simon Timothy says:

    A man who believed in the ability of God to perform miracles until the last moment but let the decision in God’s sovereign will ….. reminds me of Gethsemane and Calvary.

  53. Miriam says:

    Nabeel has impacted my life. I came to know about his great testimony through my church. I praise God for Nabeel.
    Our God is Sovereign and His will is perfect. Philippians 1:21 “For to me to live is Christ but to die is gain.” We will pray for his family every day in the months to come.

  54. Valirie says:

    My heart is broken. I have prayed for Nabeel since I heard of his diagnosis and hoped so much for his healing. There are times when I simply do not understand what God has allowed, but I do know this – when Nabeel entered His presence, he heard “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter in to the joy of the Lord.” His pain in this life has ended. I will continue to pray for his wife and little girl and his mother and father, whose hearts j k ow are broken. May the Lord of all comfort give them peace and ease their grief and let them know they will see their darling again one day.

  55. Marita Keiser says:

    I’ve been praying for Nabeels healing and I realize that today he has been completed in Christ he is completely healed in Him..he loved so much his mother, father, sister, his beautiful daughter and wife. I will be praying for this wonderful family that you will be in heaven with the Lord that he loved so much.

  56. Timothy and Connie Wilson says:

    I have prayed that God would do a miracle that would restore Nabeel back to health. I was thinking in terms of having him remain here on this earth for a few more years with his wife and daughter. But I can also see God’s point of view that He is also glorified to take his beloved servant home to be with Him forever. I heard a Catholic priest (and believe me, I am not Catholic and I don’t agree with them completely) who said truths that I recognized are true. God could perform miracles all the time, every second of every day, and He would have to if He worked that way because there are millions of people who are asking for miracles, at least thousands every day. But God would have to suspend the laws of nature to do that because miracles involve His intervention into His creation to go against what has been established. Death came by sin and sin has caused the downfall of man and nature and we live in a fallen world with all of its violence. First, God would virtually have to end this earth as it is to perform all those miracles, in essence, bringing the Kingdom of God now but prematurely. Premature births happen in a fallen world but God will not allow prematurity to happen to His Kingdom. Secondly, if God made miracles happen other than rarely, we would not live in a certain world with expectations that we have. Laws being suspended means we would always be second guessing and in so doing, we would be living in a world of so much mystery and uncertainty, we would be living in constant stress. It’s like wishing for a life without end but forgetting to wish for a life without sin or the consequences of sin. So, we must leave it to God to be the all-knowing One and the most Wise One who also loves us with an everlasting love.

  57. Pe says:

    Appreciate this testimony, and the link on how to help his family.

  58. Limson says:

    Nabeel Brother will always be a Great testimony by his life and witness to us, how big is God’ s Love for each and every person.

  59. Ike Caroline says:

    I am so proud of you. Thanks for keeping the faith till the end. May the God Lord who chose to call you home strengthen your family you left behind in Jesus name Amen. Adieu brother!
    I will always cherish your books forever. Your labor is not in vain.

  60. Wilson BSONG says:

    The last time I felt such pain and connection after the death of someone was when I lost my dad. I will truly miss you Nabeel and may the good lord keep you save in the place we all will certainly get there.

  61. Peter Burnett says:

    Today our brother and friend embraced our Lord Jesus Christ and his 2nd child both for the first time .What a joy to be in the presence of the eternal God. My heart pains for the loss his family suffers and I will continue to pray for you.

  62. chering tenzing says:

    In Christ,the hope of Glory!-I mourn for Nabeel,amazing that a person one has never seen can influence the life of so many-I actually wept.

  63. Dindaipou kamei says:

    Hope to see you with Jesus in heaven someday. My prayers for your wife and lovely daughter. May Jesus Christ our Lord be with them now and forevermore.

  64. Joseph says:

    I have known Nabeel through his audio book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus” which was given to us by our Pastor as a Christmas gift. I was blessed to hear his testimony and helped me know more about Islam and gave me ideas in sharing the gospel to Muslims. I prayed for him when he was diagnosed with advanced stomach cancer since August 2016 praying that the Lord will heal him so that he can share the gospel to people Muslim or non Muslim. But the Lord decided to take him home to heaven. My heart goes out to his wife, daughter, his parents and sister. I will always keep them in my prayers. I feel sadness but also joy because Nabeel is in heaven in the Lord’s presence. He will be missed but we will see him again in heaven.

  65. Evelyn B says:

    The ripple effects from his life and testimony will be far-reaching. His story is not over yet, it has just moved into a different dimension.

  66. Murielle Helen Young says:

    Both my husband and I have been faithful in listening to many of Nabeel’s teaching on YouTube. We have followed his vlogs and very much appreciated this mighty man of God. We have learned by his example in walking the talk. We will keep his wife and daughter in prayer and pray for his parents and sister for salvation. We know that Nabeel is now enjoying life everlasting with our Lord Jesus. His teachings will continue to lead many to faith. Nabeel’s faith was contagious. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

  67. Theja says:

    Brother Nabeel. You have kept your faith till the end. Your life has forever marked mine for His eternal glory. I love you Nabeel. Your wife and daughter will be always in my prayer.

  68. Robert Legair says:

    Nabeel, you’ve been a powerful voice for this generation, an inspiration to many of us, and a dear brother in the Faith. Your hard work, courage, valiant efforts, testimonies, and thought-provoking writings will live on for generations to come. You’ve served and honoured our LORD with your life very well here on earth and now you have the blessed honour of seeing Him face to face. Thank you, and well done!

  69. Mark says:

    I concur with the former comment that if only most of us would shine hakf as bright. I wish that myself could even an 1/8 right now in my life.

  70. Muriel says:

    What an inspiring and amazing testimony his life was.
    His life was not in vain as he left a owerful legacy behind.
    I will continue to pray for his widow, daughter, and parents.
    Nabeel, I’ll see you in eternity with the Lord.

  71. Pat says:

    Nabeel will be greatly missed from this world, but has left his testimony for Muslims and other monbelievers. Praying for his family: his wife and daughter, his mother, father and sister.

  72. ArunMusuku says:

    I never met this young man but listened to his messages,prayed for him. God would fulfil his desire to see the extended family come to christ.

  73. Mathias Bishoppe says:

    So sad to hear this news, as I have been blessed by Nabeel’ s ministry and testimony. However, I am confident in the hope we have in Jesus. The Word promises that the dead in Christ shall rise first – on that last day! People of God, let’s stay ready and keep our lamps trimmed and burning as the time draws nigh. With the hope we have, we assuredly will see Nabeel – and all those who believe(d) and confess(ed) Jesus as Lord – again.

  74. Larry Furtado says:

    May Nabeel’s soul rest in peace. He lived a full life and accomplished more in his 34 years than most people do in a lifetime.

  75. Ken Sexton says:

    My heart is shattered with grief. Thanking God for His resurrection that is the only thing to give hope, meaning and purpose to any of our short lives.

  76. Pastor E. O. A. Afolabi-Aladejare says:

    Great work you have done foe Christ and His Kingdom on earth.
    No wonder Nabeel Quareel, a faithful servant was recalled home to be with Jesus.

    May He protect your family and provide for them in Jesus name

  77. Linda Fournier Paquette says:

    I am sad for his family, He was a shining light to Christians everywhere, A beautiful example of unshakeable faith in Jesus.

  78. I had been blessed with this great honour of knowing Nabeel thru youtube and followed his ministry over 1 and a half years ,my soul rejoice with with the angels when they say welcome home brother as he rest in peace awaiting the resurrection, we love you Bro, we love you Michelle and Aiyah and his family ,may Jehovah’s right hand brings comfort and healing to you over time ..RIP

  79. Christine says:

    May our Lord and savior Jesus comfort his family! Thank you Nabeel for your love in the Lord ❤

  80. Tonya Flavell says:

    My heart and prayers are with his family and friends.

  81. Laura says:

    I believe that Naveel’s passing will be used to usher in Jesus love for his brothers who have yet to see the face of our Lord. I pray that the Lord gives his family the same dreams he encountered to bring them into the marvelous light. Amen.

  82. Farrah says:

    I had the privilege of getting to knowing him and his beatiful wife Michele and their beautifu daughter Aya. Their faith should be goal for everyone. He was a bright but short lived light among us and will always remain in my heart as a person to use as standard of how to believe in God and have faith in his will. I will miss his voice.

  83. Ted Thomas says:

    In a recent podcast, I heard Mr. Qureshi express a fear of his regarding how Muslims are now interpreting his illness and death, namely, that Allah has cursed him because of his betrayal. So, objectively, how might one respond to this? Paul’s aroma analogy in 2 Cor. 2:15-16 comes to mind here… “to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life”. To his parents and many others who are dead (spiritually), Mr. Qureshi’s faith smells like a rotting corpse. In reality, they are smelling the rot of Mohammad’s lies about an unknowable, mono (not triune) god. To others, namely Muslims who have realized their helpless state and are being saved, the very same smell is life-giving. Thus, Qureshi’s Lord is being lifted up and glorified. Perhaps, though it be small comfort to his friends and family now, his tragic death at the cusp of a fruitful ministry will be an even greater legacy that a lifelong ministry would have been.
    May this bittersweet yet powerful truth be of comfort to Jennifer Qureshi and her family as she carries on in the days to come.

  84. Very sorry to hear this sad news. But Nabeel was a hero. Jesus used him as His instrument. I pray may Lord show His Love and kindness to Nabeels family. Yes Nabeel we know you are with Jesus in Heaven and we will see you in Heaven with Jesus when our time will come. All the praise goes to Jesus alone. May His love Shine upon us. Amen.

  85. DS says:

    RIP Nabeel Qureshi. You had accepted Christ, now you are in good hands!

  86. Becky Hawke says:

    This is so inspiring. RIP, faithful servant!

    1. Tony Walker says:

      As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

    2. Brian says:

      What a testimony of the Gospel. You’re life and ministry will continue to inspire my own faith journey.

  87. Waheeda says:

    Please read The Cross and The Crescent by Jerald F. Dirks

  88. Kristi G says:

    Would you be able to post his last blog too.#43
    God is love and in Him there is no darkeness.

  89. Jay says:

    My Dear Brother ,
    I am sad and disappointed at your passing but I know you are rejoicing in the presence of Our Lord and Savior Jesus in the presence of God Our Father , Our Comforter the Holy Spirit many Angels and fellow believers . Wow I can only imagine just a little.
    I discovered you while watching Ravi Zacharias on You Tube . I enjoyed your bright mind and
    your almost child like sweet spirit. I remember thinking if could know each other we would be friends .
    I will miss you my brother but we will be friends in the new heaven and new earth.
    Thank You Justin for your tribute and the opportunity to express our love for Nabeel .
    For those who can let’s remember to contributor financially to the fund set up for his family together even with a small amount individualy we can be a blessing to his wife and precious daughter .
    Jay

  90. Donna Palazzo-giorgio says:

    Dear Qureshi Family, I am sorry for the loss of your sweet son , endearing brother, dearest husband and attentive father. May God sustain you as you serve HIM here with your loss. The You Tube videos and book of Nabeel , ” Seeking Alllah finding Jesus” has opened my heart to Muslims of all sorts. Nabeel’s family stories helped me understand and have compassion on what I as a Western European descent Christian did not understand. My hope is for the love of Christ in me to attract Muslims to the message of grace. Michelle, I know you will raise a strong woman of God. May God’s comfort be with you all always!

  91. Lydia Church says:

    His testimony is so moving and I have tears running down my face.
    Sometimes the most merciful thing for Jesus to do is to take us home for reasons only known to Him.
    I look forward to seeing this brother in heaven!
    I pray that his whole family will come to salvation in Jesus and be wrapped up in His arms of love.

  92. Benoit Ritzenthaler says:

    As a medical colleague dealing daily with people reaching the end of their life I was deeply touched by Nabeel’s faith in the capacity of his Lord to heal him till the very end. I believe it showed how deeply his faith was anchored in the truth of the power of his Lord and saviour.
    His itinary through his illness as well as through his life is a witness of the action of the Holy Spirit in this man. The miracle he was seeking has been accomplished in a way the unbeliever cannot understand.
    I pray that his parents and siblings will one day understands how Nabeel followed the truth with the love they taught him and they will be proud of his life as I am of him as a fellow Christian.
    I wish all christians could follow Nabeel in the love for his muslim brothers and sisters who are suffering from those who tarnish the name of Allah in these days and by the same token tarnish the name of the creator.
    This fallen world is saved by the name of the our common redeemer Jesus.
    We are sometimes feeling like the two companions on the road to Emmaus who were morning the death of Jesus.
    We are blind to the warn presence of Jesus in our midst burning inside us.
    I feel that your knowledge of the koran, Nabeel gave you such a privileged position to understand the Bible. You have done in your life an immense work of explaining the scripture in a way so relevant to our world.
    I praise you Lord Jesus for meeting Nabeel and guiding him to be your witness to me and to so many others.
    I will carry on inspired by his testimony and look forward to the great celebration in the joy of the kingdom of God.
    I wish to your family to be comforted and be filled by a peace that only God can provide.
    God is with you Nabeel.
    Thank you for your faith and for all that you have done in this past year to strengthen mine.
    The mystery of the church united with its saviour touches that of the mystery the one God in three persons.
    I pray that we learn from you Nabeel and follow with you the God that loved us first.
    With a greatful heart.
    Benoit

  93. CK says:

    Dear Qureshi Family, Thank you for allowing your dear Nabeel to share his suffering and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ with us on youtube. He was a true teacher even till the end. He taught us how to seek God, while walking in trials, praying in faith and trusting in Jesus plan no matter what happens. Wow! What a precious saint! We are praying for you and your dear family.

  94. Vivian Green says:

    God’s pure love that would not let him go! Nabeel is now experiencing a richer and fuller life with Our Savior Jesus Christ! His life has fulfilled God’s will for him. His calling is without repentance. God has chosen him to walk in His Light. All His written works will surely be use as a testimony to all his family and to every Muslim who are seeking the only One True Sovereign and Living God in Heaven! Nabeel’s light and annointed life will shine brightly to guide the unsaved way to Jesus Christ! His labor in health and sickness is and will never ever be in vain! Thank you Father God! It is finishe! Amen.

  95. Denny Benjamin says:

    His passing away has been used by God to make me stop in my tracks. I am evaluating the time that has lapsed between my conversion and now. How much of it has been productive and not.

    I have made a decision to follow Jesus just like Nabeel did.

  96. Ruth Russell says:

    I read his book last year – such a man of courage and inspiration. We will continue to pray for his friends and family.

  97. Sarah says:

    I am truly saddened by the loss of Nabeel. It feels like I knew him. My heart is encouraged by the fact that he is in heaven. Every pain and every tear is gone. Praying for his family, for salvation. That his legacy will continue to draw others to Christ.

  98. Abu bakar says:

    Condolences to nabeel’s family. The question I have for Christians is that how can a Christian explain the the scenario of nabeel in light of the bible and Christian doctrine. Nabeel was faithful, a believer in christ who preaches that Jesus heals. On his death bed, he was still begging his Lord Jesus for healing and died without that. As a muslim, this can be explained in my faith simply. I would like someone to educate me on how the Christians would explain. Peace

  99. Lynn says:

    What a fine young man Nabeel was on this earth.
    His love for God was a wonderful inspiration to many.
    We thank our Heavenly Father for Nabeel’s testimony, never wavering and always exalting the Lord Jesus Christ.
    Father, we ask that You would comfort Nabeel’s Michelle and little Ayah in these days and the years that lie ahead…provide for them always, dear Lord and we ask this in the matchless Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ…to Him be all the Glory.

  100. The Rev. R. David ("Pastor Dave") Reynolds says:

    I LOVED his book and loved and respected him. I have just today, i. e. Monday, 18 September 2017, learned of his death, and that makes we very sad. I understand as well that his wife has cancer. I PRAY his Mother and Father forsake Islam and trust in Jesus ASAP!!!!!!! :( <3 :( <3 :( <3

  101. Bill Robinson says:

    I was so upset to hear about Nabeel’s Heaven is much richer and I upset that he will not be ever able to meet him on this side but will meet him in heaven. I am in prayer for his wife and daughter. I hAve read his books and they have inspired me. Thank you Lord for Nabeel’si mnistery even though it was so short yet he achieved so much. Thank you Nabeel

  102. Linda Hagan says:

    Thank you for sharing this man’s deepest faith in God.He never gave up on him.Because of his never faulting belief even when he was in so much pain,he know is no longer suffering in the arms of Jesus.It was the most profound testimony I have ever heard.God bless his family.

  103. Jean Milhollin says:

    You are now with your maker, we now pray for your beautiful family

  104. Gregory says:

    May his soul rest in peace.

  105. God and Nabeel Qureshi: A Prayer to God!

    God: you chose not to heal Nabeel Qureshi and did not alleviate his suffering and pain before he died. However, Nabeel’s incredible suffering on this earth was not meaningless nor were our prayers and intercessions to you to heal him and restore him completely.

    God, you decided that death was the healing for your son, Nabeel Qureshi. Although this is painful for us, it is not a tragedy for you O Lord, our Sovereign God. You do what brings pleasure to you and act according to your sovereign will and desire.

    Lord, he was so young. Only 34 years old.

    Our life is not our own, Oh sovereign Lord of the universe; it is yours. You give us life and take it away when you want to for your glory.

    We submit to your sovereignty today and help us to trust you even to our last breath in this world. We pray that you would strength and comfort his wife and their child in this mourning moment.

    Lord, we beseech you to fill in this void and emptiness in their heart with Yourself? Would you, O Lord, restore their soul and let them experience your everlasting joy and unconditional loving grace all the days of their life? We inplore you to do the same for their loved ones and friends.

    In Jesus Name!

    Amen

  106. Ed says:

    Yahweh Rapha has answered all our prayers. Nabeel has been healed…as healed as he could possibly be! Hallelujah! I grieve for the loss of his wife and family, but for him I have only sanctified envy! May he be a seed that upon going into the ground and dying produces an exponential crop, including the manifestation of his parents election. Lord, may you call them to saving faith in Jesus Christ with your effectual call that creates the faith to which you call.

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