Ravi Zacharias Remembers Protégé Nabeel Qureshi as ‘Passionately Evangelistic’

Ravi Zacharias (L) founder and president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and Nabeel Qureshi (R).

Ravi Zacharias remembers the day he realized something was wrong with his recently departed protégé, Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi.

“I tear up as I think of the meal we had a little over a year ago. Nabeel was a man with a daunting appetite. I used to joke in his presence, ‘Don’t get behind him in a buffet line; there will be nothing left.’ He would chuckle. He could make a big meal look like an appetizer. So I noticed that he was just nibbling away at his food,” the founder and president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries wrote of the late 34-year-old former Muslim in The Washington Post.

“I said, ‘Nabeel, are you not going to eat?’ He said, ‘Uncle, I have been having some strange sensations in my stomach.’ I asked how long that had been going on, and he said it had been a few weeks. I urged him to have it checked out. He said he was planning on it,” Zacharias recalled.

Qureshi was diagnosed with late stage stomach cancer.

On Saturday, his death hit the evangelical Christian world hard.

For four-and-a-half years while working with RZIM, Qureshi, who was raised in a Muslim American family before converting to Christianity, proudly lived out the life he found in his newfound faith.

“He was not just an evangelical; he was passionately evangelistic. He desired to cover the globe with that good news: that God’s forgiveness was available to all. When he spoke, he held audiences captive,” Zacharias wrote.

Qureshi tried to improve the dialogue between Christians and Muslims through the sharing of deep insights on his faith experience, including in his last book, Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward.

In May this year, despite his battle with cancer, Qureshi asked Zacharias to let him do one more mission trip with RZIM. They went to Malaysia.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Leonardo Blair