Apologist Nabeel Qureshi, Author of ‘Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus,’ Dies Following Battle With Cancer

(Gospel Coalition) 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. …

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.

“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.” …

In February of 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 over a quarter of a million copies.

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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    very sad …….

  • Jeremy

    I think we actually do and should more identify as what we formerly were.. it’s called our testimony. Maybe too many of us hide who we were and try to look perfect now… but I refer to myself as a mostly former.. religious, judgemental, depressed, rebellious hypocrite. There’s power in where we’ve come from, it shows what God can do when we let Him act!

    • Amos Moses – He>i

      i do not think we try to hide it ….. it has just become irrelevant to us …. and i think it sometimes becomes some kind of challenge to see who was worse … i honestly do not care a whole lot about peoples “testimonies” …. i mean they are interesting sometimes ….. but it does not tell me a whole lot …..

      “what God can do when we let Him act!”

      no it does not ……. it shows what God can do when we do NOT allow Him to act …. it has nothing to do with us …. it is all Him ……….

  • Santosh

    We have been earnestly praying for a healing. But God has chosen the best for Nabeel and now we have the sure hope of meeting him at the eternal shore. Lord Jesus had an enormous task to fulfill, yet God gave only thirty three and half years of life and ministry on earth. Nabeel too fulfilled his mission in a short period and continued to bring Glory to God till the end. Praying for his Wife and child to be comforted by the presence of the Master in the midst of the vacuum left by brother Nabeel’s physical absence.

  • Lydia Church

    Sometimes the most merciful thing Jesus can do is take a person home for reasons only He knows. I look forward to meeting him in heaven! I have tears after reading his story. I wish all would seek God with the same level of earnestness, then Jesus would be found by them.

    As Jesus said, “Those who seek; find…”
    The thing that is good about the label of former-whatever is that God has delivered us from that and now that testimony can be instrumental to deliver other people trapped in it also.

    I pray that all his lost family members will come to faith in Jesus and be wrapped in His arms of love and comfort as well. May they have the same passion to seek out and find what their dear son did!

    Come to the God of Love, come to Jesus!
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