I left Islam because I studied Muhammad’s life. I accepted the Gospel because I studied Jesus’ life.
These are the words that are pinned at the top of Nabeel Qureshi’s Twitter page. It summarizes Nabeel’s life from early childhood to the last days of his life, as explained in more detail in his book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus (a book which, by the way, I highly recommend to anyone who has any interest in Islam). He spent his life writing, debating, and lecturing, in order to communicate to others the precious truths that he discovered over the course of his studies.
I was in the middle of a work shift when reports started coming in that Nabeel had passed away. I’ve had a little over 12 hours to process what had happened. I’m just as sad as anyone else about this. I’ve followed Nabeel since 2009, when I was just starting off in apologetics. I remember having corresponded with him via e-mail and facebook comments for a while back in 2010-2011, when he was still with David Wood and Acts 17 Apologetics, and before he became famous as a staff apologist for RZIM. I also remember having defended him from slanderous attacks being aimed at him at the time. I met him twice in person–once in September 2015, and again in March 2016. He must have encountered a lot of new people since then, because he didn’t remember me either time (not that I expected him to). I was really encouraged to see how much of an impact he has had on so many people.
Nabeel was a brilliant scholar and apologist. He was a studious researcher, and he could go toe-to-toe with some of the best Islam had to offer. If you want to see him at his best, check out his debate on Qur’anic corruption with Bassam Zawadi, as well as his debate on the nature of God with Shabir Ally. I have no doubt that, had he lived longer, he could have done even more than this.
Still, it was not to be so. God in His infinite wisdom has called Nabeel home earlier than expected. This isn’t the first time this has happened. Older audiences can probably remember when Greg Bahnsen was called home early in 1995. This is a reminder to us that our usefulness to God’s Kingdom is no guarantee that we will live a long life. This is why we must use our time wisely and make sure none of it is ever wasted.
Be that as it may, the work of the Gospel must go on. It is my prayer that the work Nabeel has left behind will continue to bless others for many years after his passing. I also pray for success for any ministries that are doing similar evangelism and apologetics towards Muslims. So if anyone appreciated Nabeel’s ministry and wants to see more of the same, I encourage you all to contribute financially to ministries such as RZIM, Alpha and Omega Ministries, and Acts 17 Apologetics, in the hope that they will accomplish yet greater things for God’s Kingdom.