Crossing Over: Q&A with Nabeel Qureshi
Meet RZIM’s newest apologist, Nabeel Qureshi, whose intellectual and spiritual journey from Islam to Christianity changed his life.
Nabeel, welcome to RZIM! Tell us a little about your background.
Thanks! The RZIM family has been truly welcoming and I am overwhelmed by the love I have received from the team and its supporters. Joining the team is an honor I would never have dreamed possible just a few short years ago. I grew up in a devout Muslim family with the dual goal of boldly representing Islam while bringing honor and support to my family as a physician. But in the course of pursuing every Muslim mother’s dream, I encountered Christ. He captivated me. His truth overwhelmed me. There was no escaping him, not for me. I became a believer in 2005. After graduating from medical school, I entered into full-time ministry, ultimately pursuing graduate study in the fields of New Testament and Islam.
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So you were brought up a Muslim?
A simple “yes” would not suffice as an answer. I was passionately in love with Islam. My maternal ancestry is peppered with Muslim missionaries, men who spent their lives preaching Islam. Following their line, it was under the supervision of my mother that I read the entire Qur’an in Arabic by the age of five. By my teen years I had memorized over a dozen chapters of the Qur’an and boldly proclaimed the truth of Islam to my peers, often challenging Christians in their faith. These conversations, in turn, served to bolster my faith. Islam was more than my religion: it coursed through me, defining my being. Islam was my lifeblood.
How did you come to know Christ?
I met a friend in college who had studied apologetics, and he was the first person I met who was able to intelligently defend his Christian faith. We disagreed about pretty much everything, but in the course of our discussions and arguments, we became inseparable friends! Over a few years, we talked about the reliability of the New Testament, the resurrection of Jesus, the Trinity, substitutionary atonement, and other critical Christian issues. I realized that the core of the Christian faith was powerfully evidenced. Turning our eyes to Islam, after a time of critical examination, I found that the case for Islam fell far short. As the weight of my discoveries became unbearable, I turned to God for direct spiritual guidance. God gave me a vision and three dreams that pointed me to Jesus…
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