During his lifetime, Nabeel Qureshi was a Pakistani-American Christian evangelist, college tutor, and New York Times best-selling author. Qureshi converted to Christianity within the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in 2005, after which he gained a reputation as a well-known Christian apologist. He was also a protege of fellow Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias, and was a regular speaker at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM).
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Nabeel Qureshi was born on April 13, 1983 in California, United States. His parents are Pakistani Muslims from the Ahmadiyya Islamic sect who fled their home country due to persecution from fellow Muslims. Her father served in the United States Navy, so the family moved separately. They eventually settled in Virginia after her father retired.
They were a close-knit family built around Islam. Nabeel Qureshi taught the Arabic language to his mother and by the age of 5 he had read the entire Quran in Arabic and memorized several chapters. He had been well trained in Muslim apologetics by his parents, which had equipped him with the knowledge to defend his faith against other religions.
Over the years, Nabeel Qureshi has become a well-versed Islamic apologist who regularly engages in interfaith debates with Christians. One such discussion began in August 2001 between Qureshi and his roommate, David Wood. The informal debate between the two men lasted several years and, in addition to other events, it finally culminated in Nabeel Qureshi’s voluntary conversion to Christianity on August 30, 2005. Qureshi’s conversion was devastating for his entire life. family, devout Muslims. This relationship remained cordial in the years that followed.
Nabeel Qureshi had done his college education at Old Dominion University located in Norfolk, Virginia. He received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Furthermore, he also earned a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, in 2008, and also earned a Masters of Religion from Duke University in 2012. The Christian apologist also had a Masters degree. degree in Judaism and Christianity in the Greco-Roman World from the University of Oxford. At the time he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Qureshi was studying for a doctorate. in New Testament Studies at the University of Oxford.
In February 2014, Nabeel Qureshi published his first book Searching for Allah, Searching for Jesus: A Devout Muslim Meets Christianity which chronicles his conversion from Islam to Christianity. The book made it to The New York Times bestseller list and also won 2 Christian Book Awards in the ‘Best New Author’ and ‘Best Non-Fiction Book’ categories. The book has sold over 250,000 copies.
In July 2014, Nabeel Qureshi was on the list of “33 under 33” religious leaders in Christianity Today magazine. The acclaimed Christian author published his second book Responding to Jihad: A Better Way Forward on March 8, 2016. This was closely followed by his third book No God But One: Allah or Jesus? A former Muslim investigates Islam and Christianity who was released on August 16, 2016. The traveling researcher is also known to have lectured to students at over 100 universities spread across the globe, including the University of Oxford and Johns Hopkins University.
Nabeel Qureshi was married to Michelle Qureshi. The two tied the knot in 2005. They had one child together, a daughter named Ayah Fatima Qureshi, who was born in August 2015. Prior to their marriage, Michelle Qureshi served in the United States Coast Guard. She continued her late husband’s Christian legacy and ministry after his death in 2017.
Nabeel Qureshi announced via social media that he was diagnosed with an advanced form of stomach cancer in August 2013. With the immense support of his family, Qureshi sought all forms of cure for this deadly disease. He received medical treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Unfortunately, he passed away on September 16, 2017, a year after the diagnosis. Nabeel Qureshi was 34 at the time of his death. Although their religious beliefs differed greatly, her family was by her side during those difficult final days. His funeral was held at First Baptist Church in Houston on September 21, 2017.