Nabell Qureshi (1983-2017)
by Justin Taylor
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.
ISLAM WAS ALL
Nabeel was born in California as a U.S. citizen to Pakistani immigrants who fled religious persecution at the hands of fellow Muslims. His parents were devout members of the peaceful Ahmadi sect of Islam, which differs from orthodox Islam on some minor doctrines but shares with it a belief in the six articles of faith:
- belief in tawheed [absolute monotheism]
- belief in the prophets
- belief in the books
- belief in the unseen
- belief in the day of judgment
- belief in the decree of Allah
and holds to the five pillars of the faith
- reciting the shahada (witness of faith)
- praying the salaat (ritual prayer)
- paying the zakaat (alms)
- performing hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).
Nabeel’s family was the most loving and tightly knit family that he knew. And it was entirely centered on Islam, which formed the framework and blueprint of his life.
His mother taught him Urdu and Arabic before he learned English at the age of 4. By the age of 5, he had read the entire Qur’an in Arabic and had memorized many chapters.
His parents also trained him in apologetics so that he would not only believe in Islam, but could defend it and refute other religions like Christianity.
ENCOUNTERING THE CLAIMS OF CHRIST
In August 2001, while a student at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Nabeel observed fellow student David Wood reading the Bible in his free time. Nabeel regularly read the Qur’an, but it struck him as odd to see a Christian reading the Bible on his own…
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