“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” – Psalm 116:15 (ESV)
Our dear brother Nabeel Qureshi went to be with the Lord on September 16th, 2017 after a year-long battle with stomach cancer.
While we are truly saddened and heartbroken after hearing this, we wholeheartedly believe Nabeel is now free of any pain and completely healed in the presence of Jesus Christ, his Saviour.
Death has been explained using different words and pictures in different religions and beliefs. Some people see death as the end to everything, other see it as a punishment and a dark happening no one can run away from. But for Christians, death is a beginning! A beginning to being in the eternal presence of the Lord and worshipping Him.
What a beautiful and sweet beginning that is! To meet the God who you have wholeheartedly accepted, faithfully worshipped and willingly served in person and to continue worshipping Him till eternity.
This is why while many Christians mourn the loss of our precious brother Nabeel, they are confident that he has stepped into this new beginning and is united with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in heaven. May we all serve the Almighty God until our very last breath. Nabeel was a perfect example of how a true servant of the Lord lives his life on earth.
Qureshi was born and raised in the United States to a devout Pakistani Muslim family.
“My earliest memories are of my mother everyday sitting me next to her and having me put on my skull cap and showing me how to recite the Qur’an letter by letter. I finished the Qur’an when I was five-years-old,” Qureshi explains in a video about his journey to Christ.
He also learned how to defend the doctrines of his Muslim faith and would often challenge non-believers to debates during his time in school.
Qureshi finally met his match when he attended Old Dominion University in Virginia and met David Wood. He challenged Wood’s Christian faith when he saw him reading a Bible by himself. Thus began a two and a half year period where the pair challenged each other on the doctrines of their faiths.
Eventually, Qureshi realized his arguments for Islam crumbled under the evidence for Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, and divinity.
“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,” Qureshi said.
But it wasn’t just the physical evidence that convinced Qureshi. He had three prophetic dreams about Christ that eventually won him over.
Qureshi accepted Christ as his savior and faced the difficult task of telling his parents.
‘When my parents did find out it was probably the most painful day of my life,” Qureshi said. “To have Christ in my life makes every loss worth it.
He went on to study Christian Apologetics at Biola University, while also getting his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He later completed a degree in religion at Duke University and entered a PhD program in New Testament studies at Oxford University. Qureshi also became an itinerant speaker with Ravi Zacharias’ International Ministry.
Qureshi published three books, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity, and Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward, and No God but One: Allah of Jesus? A Former Muslim Investigates the evidence for Islam and Christianity.
Qureshi made the official announcement of his cancer diagnosis August 2016.
“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 had advanced stomach cancer and the prognosis is quite grim,” he said in a Facebook post.
Qureshi continued to share the gospel and updates on his treatment through videos on his social media page.
In the last video before his death, he said he hoped he leaves behind a legacy of love.
“As you consider my ministry, I hope it leaves a message of love, of peace, of truth, of caring for one another,” he says. “Our God is a God of love.
On behalf of the Iranian and Farsi-speaking Christians around the world, we offer our deepest condolences to Nabeel’s wife, Michelle, and his daughter, Ayah, as well as his parents, his extended family and RZIM.
We humbly pray, that the Holy Spirit of comfort and peace will fill the hearts and minds of family, extended RZIM family as well friends, all across the world for the brief absence of Nabil from our lives until we all join him in our eternal home for united and joyful adoration of Christ for him we have been blessed and honored to be witnesses on this earth.
May Nabeel’s soul rest in everlasting peace and joy in the presence of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.