In Memoriam: Nabeel Qureshi, Apologist, Author, Convert to Christianity from Islam

Nabeel QureshiBest-selling author and Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi went to be with the Lord on September 16 following a year-long battle with cancer. He was 34.

A convert from Islam to Christianity, Qureshi was on the full-time speaking team of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), through which he reached tens of thousands.

“He was a powerful speaker and debater,” recalled RZIM Founder and President Ravi Zacharias in an article published in The Washington Post. “His answers to people’s questions about God and Jesus were profound and persuasive. It’s hard to believe that Nabeel Qureshi has left us all too soon.”

Zacharias also noted that as many people as Qureshi had reached through live speaking events, he reached even more through his books.

Qureshi’s best-selling book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus (Zondervan 2014) chronicles his conversion to Christianity. It was followed by Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward (Zondervan 2016), which was written in the days immediately following the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. His final book, No God but One: Allah or Jesus? (Zondervan 2016), was written ten years after his conversion and went on sale just one year ago.

“From a merely human perspective, it seems that Nabeel’s life was taken prematurely,” said Mark Schoenwald, President and CEO of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, which owns Zondervan, in a press release. “But we know that the legacy of his witness for God will live on in the lives of those transformed by his message and in the books that he published.”

Qureshi had an M.D. degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an M.A. in Christian apologetics from Biola University, an M.A. in religion from Duke University, and an M.Phil. in Judaism and Christianity from Oxford University. At the time of his diagnosis with cancer, he was in the midst of a doctoral program in New Testament at Oxford University.

A celebration of Qureshi’s life and ministry took place September 21 at The Loop Campus of Houston’s First Baptist Church in Texas. Qureshi is survived by his wife, Michelle, and his two-year-old daughter, Ayah, as well as his sister, parents, and extended family.

“We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support shown to Nabeel and his family over these past several months, and we ask that you continue in prayer in the days ahead,” stated RZIM in a blog post. “May God bring comfort as we cling to our eternal hope in Jesus Christ.” 

By NRB Staff

Published: September 21, 2017

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