Apologist and author Nabeel Qureshi, who said last week that doctors believed his body had entered the “final stages of life,” died Saturday at the age of 34. He was a Christian convert from Islam and served with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries until he was diagnosed with advanced stomach cancer last August.
“Nabeel Qureshi, your eyes will now see and your hands will now touch that which is the only Real estate,” Ravi Zacharias tweeted Saturday.
Qureshi, a U.S. citizen who was born to Pakistani immigrants in California, is survived by his wife, Michelle, and a daughter, Ayah.
“Our dear brother in Christ Nabeel Qureshi went to be with the Lord following a year-long battle with cancer,” RZIM said in a statement Saturday. “We received this news with deep sadness and yet profound hope, confident that he is finally and fully healed in the presence of his Savior.”
The statement added, “We know this is Nabeel’s gain, but a tremendous loss for all those who loved him and were impacted by his life and testimony on earth.”
On Aug. 24, a public Facebook celebration of “Nabeel’s 12th spiritual birthday” was held to mark the day he received Christ as his Lord and Savior. It was last Aug. 24, Qureshi’s 11th spiritual birthday, that he found out he had cancer.
Qureshi’s parents, who were from the Ahmadi sect of Islam, fled religious persecution in Pakistan. Qureshi began to think about Christianity in August 2001, when he saw a fellow student at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, reading the Bible in his free time, according to a blogpost by Justin Taylor, the executive vice president of book publishing and book publisher for Crossway.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar