Nabeel Qureshi

"God's finger touched him, and he slept." ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson


April 1983 - Sept. 16, 2017

Remembering the brilliant NABEEL QURESHI, whose relentless pursuit of truth at great personal cost gave me the hard answers and inspiration I needed to become a true believer. I'm forever grateful and indebted to him for sharing his story and his sacrifice. Nabeel was called home on September 16, 2017 at age 34 after battling with the Beast named Cancer.

Nabeel gave real meaning to Jesus's imperative, "Follow me." Like, now. Not when it's convenient. Not after you do these 3 other things. Not when you get your family to agree with you on this. Immediately drop what you're doing and follow me; let the dead bury their dead and follow me; Be willing to give up everything and follow me; Do you want to be well? (Key question.) Then pick up your mat and walk.

Following Jesus is not a quiet assent; not a passive acceptance, a nod, a check-the-decision-box thing. It's action. It's messy. It's immersive. It's salty. It's got bite. It's all or nothing. It's not lukewarm.

Jesus said it would be difficult and the cost high.

He said, "I'm sending you out as sheep among wolves."

He said, "If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine."

He said, "From now on families will be split apart, three in favor of me, and two against -- or two in favor and three against. Father will be divided against son and son against father;"

Nabeel knew this better than anyone, and through many tears and knowing he was breaking his parents' beautiful hearts, he chose to risk losing everything he had to follow Jesus.

Nabeel was so smart, so talented, and so genuinely seeking to know God. His faith journey is an inspiration to all who read it or watch him on YouTube.


Bio (from
A medical doctor with three masters degrees from Oxford, Duke and Biola.
Raised as a devout Muslim in the United States, Nabeel grew up studying Islamic apologetics with his family and engaging Christians in religious discussions. After one such discussion with a Christian, the two became friends and began a years-long debate on the historical claims of Christianity and Islam. Nabeel chronicled his resulting journey in his first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. Throughout his years of ministry, Nabeel lectured to students at more than 100 universities, including Oxford, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Hong Kong.

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