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Nabeel Qureshi Shows Christians How to Die Well, With a Message of Love and Trust in Jesus Christ

An elderly Arab man in a hospital bed.

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, former Muslim and Christian author Nabeel Qureshi passed away from stomach cancer. He went to join Jesus Christ, leaving a legacy of truth and love, and his final prayer on YouTube has powerful lessons for Christians nearing the end of their lives.

"As you consider my ministry, I hope it leaves a legacy of love, of peace, of truth, of caring for one another," Qureshi said in his last YouTube video. "That's my hope and my purpose behind this. And so if at any point I've said anything that seems to contravene that, I do apologize, and I hope that's not the legacy that I leave behind."

Qureshi passed at the age of 34, leaving a wife and young daughter. He wrote three books: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters ChristianityNo God But One: Allah or Jesus? A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam & Christianity, and Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward. He also preached with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM).

He was raised a Muslim in the Ahmadi sect, and started researching Islam and Christianity in college. Slowly, he came to the realization that the evidence of history backed up Christianity and that Islam was "utterly incompatible" with that evidence. He had multiple visions of Jesus, and he broke his family's hearts by converting to Christianity. From then on, he preached the gospel in books and speeches, even after his cancer diagnosis in August of last year.

His passionate study and reasoned arguments have proved a powerful witness, and his careful examination of the differences between Islam and Christianity is an enduring legacy of which any believer should be proud.

One of the most moving aspects of his final witness was his last public prayer, however. Last Friday, a week and one day before he died, Qureshi prayed in a YouTube video. His prayer echoed the struggle of Jesus Christ in the garden of Gethsemane — a passionate plea to have the cup of death removed, but a humble surrender to God's will.

"Father, we come before you, trusting you even now for a miracle," Qureshi said. "Even now, you can do a miracle. We saw [Jesus] raise Lazarus from the dead. We see the Lord in Genesis 22 rescue Isaac at the very last second. We see the dead girl raised from the dead. In Luke 7, we see a boy raised from the dead."

"So God is able, God is more than able. I'm just going to rest in that as best I can. Lord, we know You are able. Please heal, please come through," the author prayed.