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Some Crit­i­cal Thoughts On His Death : Nabeel Qureshi (1983 – 2017)

Nabeel Qureshi died at the age of 34 years old from a rare and dead­ly form of stom­ach can­cer“1 on 16th Sep­tem­ber 2017. The online com­mu­ni­ties of Mus­lims and Chris­tians, espe­cial­ly those who were involved in apolo­get­ics on the World Wide Web, came to receive the news of Nabeel Qureshi’s death with mixed reac­tions, as his funer­al was streamed live on YouTube.

It is, after all, well-known to Mus­lims involved in apolo­get­ics that, hav­ing brand­ed him­self as an ex-Mus­lim” with a strong appeal to fam­i­ly emo­tion­al­ism2, Nabeel had gone on to become the author of three polem­i­cal books3 diss­ing Islam and its tenets, devel­oped an online mon­ey-mak­ing polem­i­cal video course aimed at an evan­gel­i­cal tar­get audi­ence, and allied him­self with Ravi Zacharias Inter­na­tion­al Min­istries (RZIM) to go on var­i­ous road­shows and sem­i­nars with the sole inten­tion of vil­i­fy­ing Islam openly.

This arti­cle aims to pro­vide con­text to Nabeel Qureshi’s polem­i­cal life, his for­ays into Chris­t­ian mis­sion­ary attacks against Islam and his hid­den motives in doing so, insha’Allah.

Who Was Nabeel Qureshi ?

To begin, we must, of course, ask the obvi­ous ques­tion : who is Nabeel Qureshi and how was he able to sell him­self” as an ex-Mus­lim with the cre­den­tials to talk about Islam ?

The sto­ry, accord­ing to his first polem­i­cal and infa­mous book Seek­ing Allah, Find­ing Jesus : A For­mer Mus­lim Shares the Evi­dence That Led Him from Islam to Chris­tian­i­ty” (Zon­der­van, 2014), tells us that he was room­mates in col­lege with infa­mous YouTu­ber and anti-Islam big­ot, David Wood. After hav­ing dis­cus­sions about reli­gion with Wood, Nabeel Qureshi decid­ed to con­vert” to Chris­tian­i­ty after meet­ing Jesus[!] in con­tra­dic­to­ry dream sequences.

From this point on, he has been involved in the activ­i­ties of the Acts 17 Apolo­get­ics min­istry, a mil­i­tant mis­sion­ary group start­ed by Wood, whose great­est achieve­ment was to gate-crash” on an Arab-Mus­lim fes­ti­val that is held annu­al­ly in Dear­born, Michigan.

Not long after, he was tak­en notice of by Ravi Zacharias from the Ravi Zacharias Inter­na­tion­al Min­istry (RZIM). Even­tu­al­ly, it was Ravi Zacharias him­self who took him in as his pro­tégé and under the RZIM ban­ner, sup­port­ed Nabeel Qureshi’s evan­ge­lis­tic and mis­sion­ary out­reach to the Muslims.

Through the books and video cours­es that Nabeel Qureshi pro­duced on Islam while being affil­i­at­ed with RZIM, his image was slow­ly built up by RZIM through their online and offline media pro­mo­tions. This reached the point that many Chris­tians regard­ed Nabeel Qureshi as an author­i­ty” on Islam and took his words on any­thing about Islam as indisputable.

Seek­ing Allah Find­ing Jesus ?

The con­sis­tent nar­ra­tive that was repeat­ed inces­sant­ly by Nabeel Qureshi was that he was raised in a devout Mus­lim fam­i­ly”. It should be men­tioned right from the onset how­ev­er that Nabeel Qureshi was a Qadi­ani. He con­vert­ed to Chris­tian­i­ty, under the influ­ence of David Wood, from a het­ero­dox sect which calls itself the Ahmadiyya, a move­ment that has nev­er been recog­nised by main­stream Islam as Mus­lims”.

The Ahmadiyya believe that their founder, Mirza Ghu­lam Ahmad, was a prophet of God and the promised Mes­si­ah in the like­ness of Jesus (P). These two fun­da­men­tal claims run con­trary to main­stream ortho­dox Islam, which clear­ly says that there can be no Prophet of God after the pass­ing of Muham­mad (P) (Qur’an, 33:40) and that the Mes­si­ah was no oth­er than Christ Jesus (P), the son of Mary (Qur’an, 3:45 ; cf. 4:171).

In 1974, the Nation­al Assem­bly of Pak­istan con­vened a spe­cial assem­bly called the Nation­al Assem­bly of Pak­istan Pro­ceed­ings on Qadi­ani Issue, the out­come of which result­ed in the pas­sage of an amend­ment to the then fresh­ly mint­ed con­sti­tu­tion of Pak­istan and declared the Qadi­a­n­is to be non-Muslims.

Qadiani Proceedings 1974 In Pakistan
Qadiani Law 1974 In Pakistan

Yet the Chris­t­ian media, in the wake of Nabeel’s death, con­ve­nient­ly gloss over this small, incon­ve­nient fact and con­sis­tent­ly por­trayed Nabeel Qureshi in their rabid, polem­i­cal fren­zy as an ex-Mus­lim“4 or as a for­mer Mus­lim“5.

It is inter­est­ing to note that some Chris­t­ian apol­o­gists did ques­tion Nabeel Qureshi’s Islam­ic upbring­ing”. One of them was Seth Dunn, in which he says (while com­ment­ing on Nabeel’s con­tra­dic­to­ry sto­ry on hav­ing been con­vert­ed through a dream“6):

Still, read­ers should recall that it was orig­i­nal­ly a Mus­lim apol­o­gist who exposed incon­sis­ten­cies in Ergun Caner’s Islam­ic back­ground sto­ry. While the incon­sis­ten­cies in the dream sto­ries cit­ed above are slight, they are rel­e­vant giv­en the vast evan­gel­i­cal fas­ci­na­tion with sto­ries of Mus­lim dreams and visions of Jesus. Fur­ther­more, Qureshi’s very Islam­ic cre­den­tials are in ques­tion. Qureshi is a for­mer Ahma­di. Accord­ing to Snow, the Ahma­di sect is not con­sid­ered Mus­lim by Mus­lims in the same way Mor­mons are not con­sid­ered Chris­tians.7

In oth­er words, Nabeel Qureshi’s so-called Mus­lim upbring­ing” was a con­ve­nient ham­mer” against the Mus­lims which the Chris­t­ian mis­sion­ar­ies utilised to the fullest.

How Influ­en­tial Was Nabeel Qureshi, Really ?

No son did Allah beget, nor is there any god along with Him : (if there were many gods), behold, each god would have tak­en away what he had cre­at­ed, and some would have lord­ed it over oth­ers ! Glo­ry to Allah ! (He is free) from the (sort of) things they attribute to Him ! (Qur’an, 23:91)

At the onset of his reimag­ing as a Chris­t­ian apol­o­gist in 2014, Nabeel wrote the fol­low­ing tweet :

nabeel qureshi left islam
Screen­shot tak­en from archive​.org. The orig­i­nal tweet has been delet­ed as at Decem­ber 2022

As any Mus­lim who sin­cere­ly under­stands and believes in the mes­sage of Islam would know, that state­ment on why Nabeel Qureshi left Islam is total­ly untrue and with­out any real basis what­so­ev­er. As it is, Islam does not sole­ly hinge on the life of the Prophet Muham­mad (P) to uphold the divine truth of the Qur’an as the direct Rev­e­la­tion from God Almighty.

Hence, when the news of Nabeel’s death became known, the Mus­lim ini­tial reac­tion was — on the whole — mut­ed and dig­ni­fied on social media and blogs. It was only the Chris­t­ian news media and Chris­t­ian blogs that went with inflam­ma­to­ry head­lines in order to drum up pub­lic sen­ti­ment about Nabeel’s death and sen­sa­tion­alise it for their tar­get audience.

This brings us to the next ques­tion : how far did Nabeel Qureshi’s suc­cess­es real­ly go ?

We find it odd that at the time of writ­ing this arti­cle, no Chris­t­ian had open­ly ques­tioned the so-called achieve­ments” of Nabeel Qureshi in his attempts to bring Mus­lims to the wor­ship of Christ ; more so its effec­tive­ness. Where are those so-called hun­dreds of Mus­lims” that were inspired by Nabeel’s mes­sage of him leav­ing Islam and con­vert­ing ? What are their names and which part of Nabeel’s mes­sage reached them to the point that they feel com­pelled to con­vert to Christianity ?

There has been no such data pro­duced and we believe that there will be no such data any time soon, sim­ply because it does not exist. Nabeel Qureshi’s tired polemics on the issue of Allah (God), the per­son­al­i­ty of the Prophet Muham­mad (P), the con­cept of jihad and any­thing else apart from this will not change the minds of Mus­lims to con­sid­er Chris­tian­i­ty as a valid option.

The Chris­t­ian schol­ar and thinker Hans Kung said as fol­lows regard­ing Muham­mad :8

What­ev­er we Chris­tians do with this fact, we must affirm that he act­ed as a prophet and that he was a prophet. I do not see how we can avoid the con­clu­sion that on their way of sal­va­tion, Mus­lims fol­low a prophet who is deci­sive for them.

Cer­tain­ly, the cre­den­tials of Hans Kung is much more impec­ca­ble than the high­ly polem­i­cal (Acts 17 Apolo­get­ics) and dis­put­ed author­i­ty that Nabeel Qureshi represents !

Gen­er­al­ly speak­ing, how­ev­er, there was no polem­i­cal inquiry from Nabeel Qureshi on Islam that had not already been analysed, debat­ed, answered and refut­ed already by the many Mus­lim apol­o­gists and the online Islam­ic da’wah move­ment in gen­er­al. Indeed, the gen­er­al opin­ion among Mus­lims regard­ing the Prophet (P) is one of being mer­ci­ful, the total oppo­site of what Nabeel Qureshi represents :

When Muham­mad came into a posi­tion of polit­i­cal pow­er after decades of per­se­cu­tion, his first act was to for­give those who had per­se­cut­ed him. His heart of mer­cy is also illus­trat­ed by this hadith : A dying child was once brought to the Prophet Muham­mad (peace be upon him). When, on see­ing the child’s last breaths, the Prophet began to shed tears, one of his com­pan­ions asked why he was cry­ing. He replied : It is a mer­cy that God has put in the hearts of God’s ser­vants, and God is mer­ci­ful only to those of God’s ser­vants who are mer­ci­ful to oth­ers’ ”. I hope that, in the midst of pub­lic debate between Mus­lims and non-Mus­lims, we all can be mer­ci­ful to one anoth­er.9

Out­side of the World Wide Web, Nabeel Qureshi was (and still is) an unknown enti­ty to the Mus­lim world and nev­er had any real influ­en­tial pres­ence. Eli­jah Reynolds in an online piece co-writ­ten with a Chris­t­ian grad­u­ate stu­dent crit­i­cized Nabeel Qureshi by stating :

For Qureshi, the Qur’an is a bloody and vio­lent text — a fact which learned inter­preters of Islam today ignore, he implies, but some­how the unlearned Jihadists get right. Qureshi claims that as a young man, he was shield­ed from read­ing Qur’an and hadith on his own, and instead was taught a mes­sage of Islam­ic peace and love. This read­ing was sub­se­quent­ly shat­tered by his own inde­pen­dent inves­ti­ga­tion of the texts, bypass­ing cen­turies of the tra­di­tion and schol­ar­ly interpretations.

Qureshi claims to speak more author­i­ta­tive­ly on Islam than the imams whose inter­pre­ta­tion he explic­it­ly ignores. He remem­bers as a child, if I want­ed to know about the tra­di­tions of Muham­mad, I had to ask imams or elders in my tra­di­tion of Islam.” It was not until he bypassed cen­turies of tra­di­tion and their imams’ inter­pre­ta­tions” that he dis­cov­ered real Islam — appar­ent­ly on the inter­net, where young poten­tial ISIS recruits eas­i­ly find real Islam too.

Qureshi’s rejec­tion of the learned schol­ars of his com­mu­ni­ty in favor of the internet.…is com­pa­ra­ble to an athe­ist learn­ing every­thing she knows about Chris­tian­i­ty from Richard Dawkins.10

The vast and copi­ous mate­r­i­al that he had pro­duced from the time of his con­ver­sion to Chris­tian­i­ty until a week before his death is most­ly rehash­es of Ori­en­tal­ists and Chris­t­ian polemi­cists in the likes of Alphonse Min­gana, Samuel Zwe­mer, Robert Spencer, David Wood and many oth­ers. There was noth­ing new or any­thing worth men­tion­ing that he had intro­duced in his debates with the Mus­lims, apart from him con­sis­tent­ly attempt­ing to cre­ate a dichoto­my” between Allah and Jesus” (as made appar­ent in his book titles and online speeches).

Even that hon­our” has been tak­en away by the Chris­t­ian mis­sion­ar­ies Robert Morey and Sam Shamoun, the for­mer being known for his Allah is a moon-god the­o­ry and the lat­ter for his vir­u­lent, Islam­o­pho­bic straw­man against the con­cep­tion of God in Islam. The image that was care­ful­ly planned and craft­ed of him hav­ing ques­tioned his Mus­lim faith“11 and being called off the minaret“12. It is inter­est­ing to note that he made no men­tion that his fam­i­ly were from the Ahmadiyya, and por­trayed his fam­i­ly back­ground as being main­stream Islam. how­ev­er, has made it a promi­nent fea­ture among a gullible West­ern audi­ence primed with Islam­o­pho­bia and always will­ing to parade some­one from the ene­my” as one of their own.

In spite of the mea­gre achieve­ments of Nabeel Qureshi in the Mus­lim world, this had not stopped the West­ern Chris­t­ian pub­lic — delud­ed by the myth­i­cal influ­ence of their fall­en hero — to donate mon­ey to his cause, even in death. Nabeel’s GoFundMe page reached up to USD700,000.00 after the news of Nabeel Qureshi death was known to the pub­lic sphere, and the month­ly amount he receives from Patre­on had not wavered either. His wid­ow, Michelle Qureshi, ful­ly exploit­ed the death of her late hus­band by announc­ing pub­licly that she will con­tin­ue his min­istry“13. It seems obvi­ous to us that those man­ag­ing the crowd­fund­ing pages (most espe­cial­ly his wid­ow!) of their fall­en com­rade are mak­ing a huge prof­it out of this sen­sa­tion­al­ism for per­son­al gain.

Why God Did Not Heal Nabeel Qureshi ?

This was the ques­tion posed by the Chris­t­ian polemi­cists, guised in the form of an op-ed by Frank Turek and anoth­er in a dif­fer­ent blog post. This must have been the ques­tion that had been play­ing in their minds when Nabeel Qureshi first announced that he had Stage IV can­cer on August 312016.

We find the state­ment made by Frank Turek in ref­er­ence to Mus­lims extreme­ly polem­i­cal and total­ly below the belt, as he wrote :

Is it because the Mus­lim God is the true God, and He pun­ished Nabeel for leav­ing Him ? No, there’s excel­lent evi­dence for the Chris­t­ian view of God (see Nabeel’s book No God but One). More­over, Mus­lims who sug­gest this should be asked, Why did your God wait until Nabeel had writ­ten three best-sell­ing books, made hun­dreds of hours of videos, and helped bring hun­dreds of Mus­lims to Christ ? Is his tim­ing off?” Not only that, Nabeel’s work will con­tin­ue to bring peo­ple to Christ, prob­a­bly in an accel­er­at­ed man­ner after his passing.

We would like to address sev­er­al things for this mis­sion­ary to digest.

First of all, Mr Turek, there has nev­er been a Mus­lim God” or a Chris­t­ian God” or any oth­er god that the Mus­lims wor­ship which is dis­tinct from the God of Abra­ham, Moses and Jesus, peace be upon them all. It is very insult­ing to even sug­gest that the God of Islam is dis­tinct from the God of Chris­tian­i­ty because, in real­i­ty, they are not dis­tinct — Mus­lims and Chris­tians do wor­ship the same God.

Regard­ing the sec­ond part of Turek’s rhetor­i­cal ques­tion, one may not have to look far to see why this may be the case. It has been report­ed by sev­er­al Chris­t­ian news por­tals that Nabeel him­self prayed for God to kill him after con­vert­ing to Chris­tian­i­ty”.14

This may or may not have been true as we would like to keep an open mind on this, but we leave the inter­est­ed read­er to fol­low the trail and check out the evi­dence for them­selves as to whether God may have indeed killed” Nabeel Qureshi because He did answer what Nabeel had prayed for…and it has noth­ing to do with the Muslims.

Fre­quent­ly-Asked Questions

Who was Nabeel Qureshi ?

Nabeel Qureshi was an author and Chris­t­ian apol­o­gist for­mer­ly asso­ci­at­ed with Ravi Zacharias Inter­na­tion­al Min­istries (RZIM). He was known for his con­ver­sion from Islam to Chris­tian­i­ty, doc­u­ment­ed in his book Seek­ing Allah, Find­ing Jesus,” and his sub­se­quent works cri­tiquing Islam. 

What led Nabeel Qureshi to con­vert to Christianity ?

Qureshi con­vert­ed to Chris­tian­i­ty fol­low­ing dis­cus­sions about reli­gion with his col­lege room­mate and per­son­al expe­ri­ences, includ­ing dreams he inter­pret­ed as divine encoun­ters with Jesus. 

How did Nabeel Qureshi con­tribute to Chris­t­ian apologetics ?

He wrote polem­i­cal books against Islam, devel­oped online cours­es for evan­gel­i­cal audi­ences, and par­tic­i­pat­ed in sem­i­nars and road­shows under the ban­ner of RZIM to cri­tique Islam and advo­cate for Christianity. 

What were the main themes of Nabeel Qureshi’s books ?

His books focused on his jour­ney from Islam to Chris­tian­i­ty, cri­tiques of Islam­ic doc­trines, and the pre­sen­ta­tion of Chris­t­ian apolo­get­ics aimed at Mus­lim audiences. 

Why did Nabeel Qureshi’s death elic­it mixed reac­tions online ?

His death caused mixed reac­tions due to his con­tro­ver­sial role as an ex-Mus­lim” crit­ic of Islam, affect­ing Mus­lim and Chris­t­ian online com­mu­ni­ties, espe­cial­ly those involved in reli­gious apologetics. 

What is the sig­nif­i­cance of Nabeel Qureshi’s asso­ci­a­tion with Ravi Zacharias and RZIM ?

His asso­ci­a­tion with Ravi Zacharias and RZIM pro­vid­ed him with a plat­form and sup­port for his mis­sion­ary work against Islam, ampli­fy­ing his reach with­in Chris­t­ian evan­gel­i­cal circles. 

Did Nabeel Qureshi address his back­ground as a Qadi­ani in his work ?

Crit­ics argue that he did not ful­ly address his Ahmadiyya/​Qadiani back­ground, a sect not rec­og­nized by main­stream Islam, which may have mis­rep­re­sent­ed his Islam­ic upbringing. 

How did Mus­lims react to Nabeel Qureshi’s cri­tiques of Islam ?

Many Mus­lims and Islam­ic apol­o­gists respond­ed by ques­tion­ing his under­stand­ing of Islam and chal­leng­ing his inter­pre­ta­tions, par­tic­u­lar­ly high­light­ing his Ahma­di background. 

What impact did Nabeel Qureshi have on the Mus­lim-Chris­t­ian dialogue ?

Qureshi’s work is crit­i­cized for poten­tial­ly exac­er­bat­ing ten­sions between Mus­lims and Chris­tians, with some sug­gest­ing that his back­ground and polem­i­cal stance against Islam led to increased polar­iza­tion and mis­un­der­stand­ing rather than con­struc­tive dialogue. 

How did Nabeel Qureshi’s lega­cy con­tin­ue after his death ?

Crit­i­cal­ly viewed by some, par­tic­u­lar­ly with­in Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties, Qureshi’s lega­cy is com­plex. Crit­ics argue that his divi­sive approach and the con­tin­u­a­tion of his min­istry, includ­ing through fundrais­ing, may exploit his sto­ry for finan­cial gain or ide­o­log­i­cal agen­das, rais­ing con­cerns about the long-term impact of his work on inter­faith relations. 

Con­clu­sions

Based on what we have dis­cussed on Nabeel Qureshi, the his­to­ry behind it and his polem­i­cal exploits which includes his Seek­ing Allah Find­ing Jesus book, we can thus infer from these cir­cum­stances and form our own con­clu­sions about him, from a Mus­lim per­spec­tive, which are as follows :

Nabeel Qureshi Nev­er Was A Muslim

Nabeel Qureshi was a Qadi­ani, oth­er­wise known as the Ahmadiyya, a deviant sect that only began in the late 19th cen­tu­ry. The Qadi­a­n­is have been con­sis­tent­ly denounced by main­stream Islam as het­ero­dox for their belief that Mirza Ghu­lam Ahmad was a Prophet and the promised Messiah.

Hence, it is cor­rect to say that Nabeel Qureshi was nev­er a Mus­lim to begin with. This is akin to stat­ing that a for­mer Mor­mon who revert­ed to Islam was a Chris­t­ian”, even though Mor­monism is reject­ed by main­stream Chris­tian­i­ty because Mor­mons believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet.

The par­al­lels between Mirza Ghu­lam Ahmad and Joseph Smith are so sim­i­lar to one anoth­er that we won­der how was it pos­si­ble for West­ern Chris­tians to fall for this con.

Nabeel Qureshi’s For­mer Mus­lim Title

It is very inter­est­ing to note that despite his claims of Seek­ing Allah Find­ing Jesus (as is the title of his book), Nabeel Qureshi had nev­er once addressed the issue of Mirza Ghu­lam Ahmad while talk­ing about his past — whether in his books, his online cours­es or in his speech­es — because he knew very well that to do so will lend lit­tle cre­dence to his claims of being a for­mer Mus­lim” and total­ly remove any ves­tige of his cred­i­bil­i­ty. He unabashed­ly cap­i­talised on that label to the point of mak­ing a huge for­tune from his var­i­ous evan­gel­i­cal ven­tures, with the full back­ing of the Chris­t­ian establishment.

He did attempt to wig­gle his way out of this issue by insist­ing that the Qadi­a­n­is are Mus­lims while gloss­ing over the sta­tus of Mirza Ghu­lam Ahmad in Qadi­ani theology.

It is worth men­tion­ing that this was the same tac­tic employed by a Chris­t­ian polemi­cist and Islam­o­phobe extra­or­di­naire by the name of Ergun Caner — a self-pro­fessed for­mer devout ex-Mus­lim” who nev­er did prac­tice any of the basic tenets of Islam dur­ing his ear­ly life and was in fact weaned into Chris­tian­i­ty even before the age of puberty.

Ergun Caner exploit­ed his shenani­gans to the hilt as a mon­ey-mak­ing enter­prise until he was exposed as a fraud by Moham­mad Khan, a British Mus­lim, for pass­ing off gib­ber­ish as Ara­bic phras­es and Qur’anic verses.

Manip­u­lat­ed By Michelle Qureshi and Others

In turn, the Chris­t­ian mis­sion­ar­ies them­selves have used Nabeel Qureshi as a ham­mer against the Mus­lims — and as their ide­o­log­i­cal weapon — to pro­mote an agen­da of extin­guish­ing Islam15, which still remains the fastest-grow­ing reli­gion in the world.

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Google Trends search for Nabeel Qureshi” around the time of his death

Sad­ly, even his wid­ow, Michelle Qureshi — instead of tak­ing the time off to mourn for the loss of her late hus­band — has decid­ed to jump on the polem­i­cal band­wag­on by tak­ing up the man­tle of bash­ing Islam.

Nabeel Qureshi Widow
Screen cap­ture of Nabeel Qureshi’s wid­ow tak­ing advan­tage of her husband’s death.

His Final Fate

While we reserve our judge­ment on the final fate of Nabeel Qureshi, who had clear­ly erred in the sight of Islam (as we do believe mat­ters of his affairs have now come between him and God Almighty), we do find that the Chris­t­ian mis­sion­ary attempts at the hero-wor­ship of Nabeel Qureshi in death and (mis)using it — to the point of mak­ing thin­ly-veiled attacks on Islam and the Mus­lims — shame­ful and dis­gust­ing, to say the least.

In the end, Mus­lims are remind­ed of the words of God Almighty in the Final Tes­ta­ment, the Qur’an, which says :

And they say, None will enter Par­adise except one who is a Jew or a Chris­t­ian.” That is [mere­ly] their wish­ful think­ing, Say, Pro­duce your proof, if you should be truth­ful.” (Qur’an 2:111)

And ver­i­ly, only God knows best !

Cite this arti­cle as : Mohd Elfie Nieshaem Juferi, Ibn Anwar, Some Crit­i­cal Thoughts On His Death : Nabeel Qureshi (1983 – 2017),” in Bis­mi­ka Allahu­ma, Sep­tem­ber 21, 2017, last accessed April 14, 2024, https://​bis​mikaal​lahu​ma​.org/​o​p​-​e​d​/​n​a​b​e​e​l​-​q​u​r​e​s​hi/

Appen­dix : You Can­not See God And Live”

In a debate event enti­tled What is God Real­ly Like : Tawhid or Trin­i­ty ? that the late Nabeel Qureshi had with Dr Shabir Ally, a per­son asked in the Q&A Ses­sion how he would rec­on­cile the appar­ent con­tra­dic­tion between say­ing that Abra­ham actu­al­ly laid eyes on God and yet Exo­dus 33:20 has God telling Moses that see­ing His face is an impos­si­bil­i­ty as see­ing Him would cause the human being to die. In answer­ing this ques­tion, Nabeel argued that it was Jesus that Abra­ham saw and not the Father. It is the Father, accord­ing to Nabeel and many oth­er Chris­t­ian apol­o­gists, that human being can­not lay eyes on and live, but if it was the Son, that is, Jesus then it would be total­ly all right for the human eyes to see.

First­ly, the verse in Exo­dus 33:20 does not cat­e­gorise God into the Father and the Son and there­by argue, as Nabeel did, that only the Son can be seen but not the Father. The plain text sim­ply shows God as One Being and One per­son explic­it­ly declar­ing that nobody can see Him and live. Sec­ond­ly, If indeed it was God that Abra­ham saw and his life was pre­served despite Exo­dus 33:20 because — as Nabeel and co. rea­soned — it was Jesus, but if it had been the Father then he would have been utter­ly destroyed, then the nec­es­sary impli­ca­tion of that claim is that the Father and Jesus are not co-equal as the Trini­tar­i­ans claim. If they were, in fact, equal in pow­er and glo­ry, then see­ing both would result in the same cat­a­stroph­ic end, i.e., death. But appar­ent­ly, the Father has a far greater glo­ry than the Son, that see­ing Him and not the Son would have the view­er for­feit his life.

In con­clu­sion, in an attempt to rec­on­cile Gen­e­sis 18 with Exo­dus 33:20, Nabeel Qureshi inad­ver­tent­ly refutes the Trin­i­ty as he glo­ri­fies the Father and makes the Son inferior.Endmark

  1. CBN News, Nabeel Qureshi’s Plea : Please Pray For Me ! Please Pray That God Will Heal My Whole Body’, 22 August 2017[]
  2. An exam­ple of this can be seen in Faith It, The Most Painful Day of His Life ? When His Par­ents Found Out He Gave Up Islam for Jesus…But It Was Worth It, March 12, 2014[]
  3. His books are enti­tled : Seek­ing Allah Find­ing Jesus : A Devout Mus­lim Encoun­ters Chris­tian­i­ty” (2014); Answer­ing Jihad : A Bet­ter Way For­ward” (2016) and No God but One : Allah or Jesus ? A For­mer Mus­lim Inves­ti­gates the Evi­dence for Islam and Chris­tian­i­ty” (2016)[]
  4. World­Net­Dai­ly, Ex-Mus­lim, author, evan­ge­list Nabeel Qureshi dead at 34, 20 Sep­tem­ber 2017[]
  5. See for exam­ple PJ Media, Nabeel Qureshi Shows Chris­tians How to Die Well, With a Mes­sage of Love and Trust in Jesus Christ”, 16 Sep­tem­ber 2017[]
  6. Todd Friel, a Chris­t­ian TV host, ques­tions whether dreams are a valid rea­son for Mus­lims con­vert­ing to Chris­tian­i­ty and gave Bib­li­cal evi­dence against this in Wretched, Episode 2025 : Is God con­vert­ing Mus­lims through dreams?”[]
  7. Seth Dunn, Reset­ting the Evan­gel­i­cal Mind­set on Nabeel Qureshi” in Pul­pit & Pen, 4 July 2016[]
  8. See our arti­cle : Hans Küng On Is Muham­mad A Prophet”?[]
  9. Jonathan E. Brock­opp (ed.), The Cam­bridge Com­pan­ion to Muham­mad, Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty Press (2010), pp. 280 – 281[]
  10. Jonathan Hom­righausen and Eli­jah Reynolds, Look­ing For Islam In All The Wrong Places : A Response to Nabeel Qureshi” in Reli­gion Dis­patch­es, USC (April 20, 2016)[]
  11. CBN (700 Club), Why Nabeel Qureshi Ques­tioned His Mus­lim Faith”, undat­ed[]
  12. Chris­tian­i­ty Today, Christ Called Me Off the Minaret”, 8 Jan­u­ary 2014[]
  13. As indi­cat­ed on the men­tioned Patre­on page : Hel­lo every­one ! This site is run by Michelle Qureshi, wid­ow of the late evan­ge­list Nabeel Qureshi. Nabeel’s life was about com­pelling people’s hearts and minds to the Gospel. He usu­al­ly focused on the foun­da­tions of Chris­tian­i­ty, Islam, and Judaism, as well as dab­bling in sci­ence and religion…Michelle is com­mit­ted to ensur­ing the con­tin­u­a­tion of Nabeel’s min­istry. For the time being, this includes using the numer­ous archives of his video resources, while also shar­ing per­son­al vlogs about her own jour­ney fol­low­ing the loss of her hus­band.” One may also won­der why is there any need to con­tin­ue the GoFundMe page too when its ini­tial cre­ation was intend­ed for Nabeel Qureshi’s treat­ment ?[]
  14. Report­ed in The Chris­t­ian Post, For­mer Mus­lim Nabeel Qureshi Prayed for God to Kill Him After Con­vert­ing to Chris­tian­i­ty”, July 19 2016 ; Chris­t­ian Today, Apol­o­gist and for­mer Mus­lim Nabeel Quer­ishi reveals he asked God to kill him after his con­ver­sion”, 23 July 2016 ; Faith It, Mus­lim Begs God to Kill Him After Becom­ing a Chris­t­ian — After 3 Dreams, His Bible Opens to This…”, 19 July 2016 and The Chris­t­ian Times, For­mer Mus­lim con­fess­es he want­ed to die after con­vert­ing to Chris­tian­i­ty”, 22 July 2016[]
  15. We are remind­ed of the fol­low­ing verse : They want to extin­guish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will per­fect His light, although the dis­be­liev­ers dis­like it.” (Qur’an 61:8)[]

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24 responses to “Some Crit­i­cal Thoughts On His Death : Nabeel Qureshi (1983 – 2017)”

  1. Goldie Avatar
    Goldie

    Thank you for artic­u­lat­ing a good argu­ment about Nabeel Qureshi. Some­one rec­om­mend­ed that I read his book. I have a gen­er­al habit of try­ing to know an author before believ­ing their rhetoric, who they are, their pos­si­ble motives, his­to­ry, hon­esty, etc. I real­ized pri­or to know­ing about him (Qureshi), after look­ing into Islam, that Qadi­ani was not con­sid­ered a valid prac­tice of Mus­lim, and it was clear to me why they did­n’t acknowl­edge Qadi­ani. I lat­er found out that Qureshi was Qadi­ani and mis­la­beled him­self as a Mus­lim. A cur­so­ry exam­i­na­tion of this reli­gion should tell any self-respect­ing adult it was not tra­di­tion or ortho­dox Mus­lim. Any­way, after some read­ing about him, I real­ized he was­n’t some­one I could believe or trust in his schol­ar­ship nor ratio­nal­i­ty (if you can call it that), since he was biased against true Mus­lim (and I am not Mus­lim, nor Chris­t­ian, nor Jew, so I have no stake in this debate, only that I won’t waste my time read­ing some­one who is clear­ly biased and untrust­wor­thy, as well as those who take advan­tage lat­er for a good amount of mon­ey. I’m a finan­cial­ly poor wid­ow, so $700,000 would set me and my chil­dren for life ; that is a lot of mon­ey and noth­ing to make light of as some of the com­menters angri­ly stat­ed it was­n’t that much). Fur­ther­more, I’m not inter­est­ed in any emo­tion­al appeals, only the facts and truth when learn­ing some­thing new. In fact, most of what I learned about Muham­mad, from Mus­lim schol­ars (light­ly), make him ok by me. Mus­lim should­n’t be judged by bad rumors of peo­ple who nev­er stud­ied the reli­gion, cul­ture or lan­guage to see for them­selves, and not with­out their crit­i­cal think­ing skills in tact.
    Thank you again for this arti­cle and your pas­sion to state the facts with­out respect for lies, liars, fan­tasies and social eti­quettes that sti­fle the truth. Amer­i­cans are very good at pre­fer­ring polite­ness over the truth. As long as you lie to them sweet­ly, then noth­ing is wrong (Such as don’t speak about the dead, as if that changes the real­i­ty and lies and dam­ages that a per­son left behind — by that rea­son­ing, we should nev­er speak of Hitler either). I’ll take the ugly truth any day. Fan­tasies are infan­tile. Your writ­ing and depth of under­stand­ing appeals to me and con­firmed my own con­clu­sions about this man. I sim­ply will not waste my time on peo­ple with less than stel­lar integrity.

  2. Adam Khan Avatar
    Adam Khan

    In the name of Allah The Benef­i­cent The Most Merciful. 

    If islam is a false reli­gion then there are many oth­er false reli­gions why is islam being sin­gled out by all people ? 

    Nabeel Qureshi was mis­led by mis­sion­ary liars.. David Wood lies and manip­u­lates texts to show Islam teach­es hatred but actu­al­ly the text show that Allah is angry with those who reject faith and dis­be­lieve in Him Alone. 

    The bible says liars will be in hell and the Qur’an too says liars will be in hell.. 

    The prophet Muham­mad praised Jesus Christ and said that they are broth­ers just like all of Allah’s prophets and mes­sen­gers peace be upon them all.. 

    Allah cre­at­ed Adam peace be upon him and on earth he was the first of the prophets and mes­sen­gers peace be up in them all.. 

    Mes­sen­ger after mes­sen­ger God sent to the nations each time they strayed but the nations grew arro­gant due to their sin­ful ways and reject­ed the plain truth.. That none has the right to be wor­shiped except Allah the One True God.. 

    The mer­cy of Allah is such that He Glo­ry be to Him does not pun­ish until the mes­sage has reached those who are astray and they arro­gant­ly reject it and increase in their sins… 

    Allah sent prophets and mes­sen­gers to the nations peace be upon them all

    If we read the bible we see Jesus praised the One True God and wor­shiped Him Alone.. 

    We Mus­lims fol­low the way of Allah’s prophets and mes­sen­gers peace be upon them all islam is the best way of life all praise be to Allah the Lord or the world’s 😊 

    The unfor­tu­nate ones blind them­selves in this world and stop intend­ing to seek the truth and thus become of those who will be in all sorts of regrets in the here­after when they realise they were fol­low­ing noth­ing but false hoods.. Who but God can guide to truth ?

  3. Sha Avatar
    Sha

    MashaAllah!A warm mes­sage from Chi­na and greet­ings to BimikaAl­lahu­ma team ! I was look­ing for a Quran ver­sion from my kin­dle this morn­ing, and sur­pris­ing­ly found all three books writ­ten by Nabeel Qureshi ranked very high among the kind. I read com­ments about his books and real­ized how much influ­ence he brought to the Chris­t­ian group. This stim­u­lat­ed my inter­est to search how peo­ple react to this per­son and his books now, and the search engine brought me here. I actu­al­ly did notice his phe­nom­e­non a few years ago right after his death, and when we tried to search from Mus­lim side, then in fact no voice was to sup­port him. This has well been proven by this arti­cle. As the author points out, the Chris­t­ian evan­ge­lism has been try­ing to devi­ate Mus­lim from time to time. This hap­pened to Chi­nese Mus­lims as ear­ly as 1930’s. How­ev­er they failed to achieve any­thing, for Islam is truth and Mus­lims every­where believe in one­ness of God and believe Jesus was pure­ly a mes­sen­ger of God. In recent years, these Chris­t­ian mis­sion­ar­ies used their pow­er­ful intel­lec­tu­al weapons to spread their gospels into Chi­nese Mus­lim groups again. They use their Islamized ver­sion of Bible, in which all the names are writ­ten in Islam­ic form, to attract Mus­lims to read. For exam­ple, they use Esa instead of Jesus, Mari­am instead of Mary. More­over, they made a lot of sto­ries about how Mus­lims con­vert­ed to Chris­tian­i­ty due to the wrong belief and ter­ri­ble Mus­lim families.
    There­fore, after read­ing this arti­cle, I’m more con­firmed of the evan­ge­lists’ machi­na­tion to dis­tort Islam.

  4. CHRIST IS NOT YOUR SALVATION BUT HE BROUGHT MESSAGE Avatar
    CHRIST IS NOT YOUR SALVATION BUT HE BROUGHT MESSAGE

    CHRISTIANS OF COURSE WILL GIVE DONATION TO HIM EVEN THOUGH HE DIED AFTER ASKING FOR IT coz after­all the chris­tians loved what he did for them. He loved when some­one fought for them even­though they know their reli­gions has many flaws and cor­rup­tions and they cant defend it. just watch how DAVID WOOD got SMASHED by M Hijab. It is sad to know that peo­ple still would even con­sid­er lis­ten­ing to DW when he is obvi­ous­ly unde­serv­ing and not learned.

    Any­way, just to remind the readers.
    Qureshi the fake mus­lim liar said May God kill me, if what i brought (trin­i­ty) is false”…
    And he died very young and by some rare can­cer. What more would you want ?
    Can’t you see it for your­self ? obvi­ous­ly God made him pay for what he asked for.
    you brought false reli­gion, so I accept your chal­lenge. lol”
    too bad but that’s why peo­ple said care­ful what you wish for”.

  5. Paul Bertucci Avatar
    Paul Bertucci

    Wow,
    Dont know where to begin. Jews, Mus­lims, Chris­tian’s. We all will die a hor­ri­ble torch­er­ous , death for God. The one God. Yes, Just ONE not two or three but ONE.
    We all believe in the one cre­ator of the world called by many names. God made us all and con­tin­ues to do so. If we are born into a fam­i­ly, cul­ture, who are serious,and devout about how they believe and teach there chil­dren with the same devo­tion then they will believe the same 99% of the time. GOD knows and under­stands this. He does not cre­ate his chil­dren for the pur­pose of send­ing them to hell. All reli­gions know they are the cho­sen ones, the right ones, the ones who will spend eter­ni­ty in heav­en with God. In every reli­gion through­out his­to­ry bril­liant men with super aca­d­e­m­ic minds, have
    lec­tured to us the thoughts and ways of God. So, who is right, who is wrong. What must or who to believe. Is all Right or All Wrong ?
    Dont we all who strive to live a clean, moral , and pure live deserve to one day be in heav­en with the God ?
    I think there is some truth in all the reli­gions but peo­ple through the last few thou­sand years have messed it all up. God has put his teach­ings in our hearts, the knowl­edge between good and evil, what is right and wrong, how to raise our chil­dren. To help the poor and wid­ows, the old and sick. We should all work togeth­er toward the things God has put in our hearts rather than hate one anoth­er for a belief sys­tem that we all believe in. Maybe God has pro­vid­ed many roads to his house for us. Some will fol­low, oth­ers will not. We need to keep it simple.

  6. A Qureshi Avatar
    A Qureshi

    I applaud the efforts that have gone into fur­nish­ing an expla­na­tion for Nabeel’s moti­va­tions, con­tex­tu­al inac­cu­ra­cies and sud­den pass­ing. With­out any mea­sure of mal­con­tent, I don’t feel that his endeav­ours mer­it such con­sid­er­a­tion or discourse.

    How­ev­er, I would like to thank Lizzie for her extreme xeno­pho­bia as this real­ly illus­trates the point here. Islam is a lie from hell” is clear­ly unhelp­ful in defin­ing any robust cri­tique of a faith which has attract­ed more con­verts from the Chris­t­ian faith than vice ver­sa. I would also point out that Jesus is men­tioned more times in the Quran than the prophet Muhammed(pbuh). She should­n’t impune oth­ers faith less she slan­ders her own. 

    How­ev­er, there are many staunch advo­cates of the faith.Christian apolo­get­ics have always exist­ed since the creeds have under­gone sev­er­al suc­ces­sive iter­a­tions to explain the trini­tar­i­an doc­trine which inter­est­ing only real­ly entered the chris­t­ian land­scape sev­er­al cen­turies after the pass­ing of the Christ. 

    The nature of mankind is fick­le. Doubt is like a stone in your shoe. It makes us uncom­fort­able and the quick­est way to restore cog­ni­tive ease is to cast it out and con­tin­ue on with­out fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion. How­ev­er, there will be those of us who ques­tion and con­sid­er. The tran­sient dis­com­fort of the stone in the shoe leads to deep­er reflec­tion and con­sid­er­a­tion of the path one is travelling.

    Alas, there will always be more of the for­mer than the lat­ter — con­tin­u­ing on in their igno­rance heed­less of doubt. And sad­ly this leads me to con­clude that those who believe have lit­tle rea­son to con­sid­er why Nabeel thought the way he did or died under such unfor­tu­nate cir­cum­stances. The chris­t­ian faith ascribes to a com­plete­ly benev­o­lent god with only love for human­i­ty. From a pure­ly sci­en­tif­ic per­spec­tive, demise at the age of 34 from a stom­ach malig­nan­cy is well over 2 stan­dard devi­a­tions away from the norm to the point of being a very rare event of sci­en­tif­ic inter­est. If faith teach­es us one thing, there are no such things as conincidences.

    To my dear chris­t­ian friends I would say this. That you are dear to me in a time where most ascribe to no faith at all. Just as you hope for my sal­va­tion I too implore you to seek the truth. Above all, the truth is to be found in schol­ar­ly con­tem­pla­tion not the capri­cious nature of emo­tion. I do find a church choir quite stir­ring but faith requires more than an emo­tion­al response or some­thing as whim­si­cal as a super­nat­ur­al dream. Faith should come in a moment of calm con­tem­pla­tion in the dead of the night when all extra­ne­ous stim­uli are silent and the mind is alone to con­sid­er deep­er mean­ings. After all, each and every one of us will be alone when their end comes. The most sin­cere advice I have been giv­en is to reverse plan my life and I would advise every­one to con­sid­er the finite nature of their life and it’s lone­ly end. Only then can sin­cer­i­ty enter a place in your heart and you seek to know what God and man is.

    To end, an excel­lent trea­tise on Jesus as a mes­sen­ger and mes­si­ah is avail­able from the below source which I came across through a friend.
    https://​iera​.org/

    Last­ly, an ode to the Ten­nyson who sought the signs of the cre­ator in the world and wrote thus

    Flower in the cran­nied wall,
    I pluck you out of the crannies,
    I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
    Lit­tle flower — but if I could understand
    What you are, root and all, and all in all,
    I should know what God and man is.

  7. Emmie Avatar
    Emmie

    I will pray for you (Broth­ers and Sis­ters) at Bis­mi­ka Allahu­ma Team.

  8. Wulf Nesthead Avatar
    Wulf Nesthead

    It makes me sad to see so many con­fused peo­ple tak­ing you to task for things you did­n’t say and fail­ing to com­pre­hend what you did say. Peo­ple are, unfor­tu­nate­ly, addict­ed to their own ignorance.
    Those who don’t care that they have been deceived repeat­ed­ly, even­tu­al­ly end up deceiv­ing them­selves. May God (swt) grant us, and them, guid­ance and mercy.

  9. Graham Hobbs Avatar
    Graham Hobbs

    Have any peo­ple involved in this arti­cle and its com­ments actu­al­ly read, Nabeel Quresh’s book, Seek­ing Allah, Find­ing Jesus?”

  10. Amira Avatar
    Amira

    The author of this arti­cle insin­u­ates Nabeel Qureshi and the Chris­t­ian com­mu­ni­ty who sup­port him were liars to declare he was a Mus­lim. How­ev­er, this is sim­ply not true. First, although main­stream Mus­lims do not view the Ahmadiyya as Mus­lims, they them­selves believe they are Mus­lims. Qureshi viewed him­self as Mus­lim before his con­ver­sion despite what main­stream Islam believed, and his father calls him­self Mus­lim to this day. In fact, Jin­nah, the founder of Pak­istan, said, Who am I to declare a per­son non-Mus­lim who calls him­self Mus­lim?” Sec­ond, despite the fact there are key dif­fer­ences between main­stream Islam and Ahmadiyya just as there are key dif­fer­ences between Chris­tian­i­ty and Mor­monism, there are also sig­nif­i­cant sim­i­lar­i­ties. Ahmadiyyas believe in all five pil­lars of Islam, read the same Quran, and believe that Muham­mad was the Seal of Prophets” (although they dif­fer as to in what sense). The points Nabeel dis­agrees with in Islam are the same points Ahmadiyyas and main­stream Mus­lims believe, so their dif­fer­ences aren’t nec­es­sary for Qureshi to dis­cuss to make his points valid. If an ex-mor­mon were to see flaws in points that were true in both Chris­tian­i­ty and Mor­monism, it would­n’t mat­ter if the per­son was a Mor­mon if he or she were dis­cussing points that were true for both reli­gions any­way in the sense it would­n’t make the points less true. Third, if Nabeel were to dis­cuss the dif­fer­ences between Ahmadiyyas and main­stream Mus­lims and their his­to­ry, it could eas­i­ly be the scope of entire book. Again, it also would not change the fact of what he found to be true in Chris­tian­i­ty or untrue in Islam. 

    None of us can say why Qureshi died at such a young age. It is true that his affairs are between him and God now as all of ours will be. We can­not say Qureshi’s death was a pun­ish­ment from God. Peo­ple of all ages and all reli­gions or no reli­gion die from var­i­ous caus­es every day. This spring a friend of my friend’s 19 year old daugh­ter, a devout Chris­t­ian, passed away from leukemia. Also this spring, my 27 year old niece, a devout Mus­lim, passed away unex­pect­ed­ly dur­ing a rou­tine pro­ce­dure at the doc­tors. Both died at what would seem to most, before their time. Con­verse­ly, there are some who have lived hor­ri­ble, moral­ly depraved lives that live to be 100. Only God knows when each of us will breathe his last breath, and it is not for us to under­stand why. Also, some­times God uses some­one’s life in a big­ger way after his or her death. Indeed, God knows best.

  11. Karen Roy Avatar
    Karen Roy

    It’s inter­est­ing that the writer of this article/​paper claims that Nabeel had lit­tle or no impact at all on Mus­lims but he has even now, a fol­low­ing of mil­lions on Twit­ter, YouTube, FB, many of whom are ex Mus­lims (read the com­ments). And the sim­ple fact that this arti­cle was even writ­ten to attempt to dis­cred­it Nabeel reveals he did in fact have a major impact in this world. Debate me, I dare you. 🤗

    [The Mus­lim world is far big­ger than the inter­net spaces that you have just mentioned.]

  12. Shyam Prasad Avatar
    Shyam Prasad

    I do not believe in any reli­gion but after read­ing the arti­cle- it shows a hid­den prej­u­dice and hatered towards Nabeel Qureshi and Chris­tian­i­ty — why can’t peo­ple be fair and open mind­ed. It is no won­der the world is torn due to such atti­tude. I am so for­tu­nate to be in a coun­try, which gives me reli­gious free­dom, to even to crit­i­cise the dom­i­nant reli­gion and live with­out fear

  13. Dan Avatar
    Dan

    Nabeel’s treat­ment of Islam is very in-depth, though not always accu­rate in my opin­ion. I went on a sim­i­lar search for God as a young man, and I will say that Islam did not appeal to me for long at that time. I will keep to myself what the­o­log­i­cal flaws I found in it when exam­in­ing it with a crit­i­cal eye. 

    But I will also say that Mus­lims are good peo­ple. Often they are god­ly in a way supe­ri­or to Chris­tians, and some ways not as god­ly. Mus­lims are no bet­ter or worse than oth­er peo­ple in their adher­ence to their reli­gion. Some do it blind­ly with­out rea­son because to do oth­er­wise would chal­lenge them­selves too deeply. Some do it after thought­ful explo­ration, rea­son and con­sid­er­a­tion. Some do it because that is what their fam­i­ly has always done. 

    Just like Christians.

    I am a Chris­t­ian. I believe in the tri­une God. Specif­i­cal­ly, I am a Catholic. My adven­tures into explor­ing dif­fer­ent reli­gions led me back to the reli­gion and sect of my child­hood. Admit­ted­ly, I came home, but I did so with an appre­ci­a­tion of it that I had not had previously.

    I believe in each per­son seek­ing their own path to the Almighty. Per­haps more than one is cor­rect, though the scrip­tures of each make that a tough sell, or per­haps one path is supe­ri­or to the oth­ers, but good peo­ple of all stripes will receive some reward. 

    If I burn in hell for fol­low­ing the wrong path, it will not be because my path led me to dis­re­spect my fel­low human beings and their God-giv­en right right to choose their own road. Along those lines, Nabeel’s death does not mean he was pun­ished, because he has reached more in death than in life. His approach was thought­ful, respect­ful, well-rea­soned, ground­ed in such evi­dence as was avail­able, and it made sense to him. That does not mean he is right. But it cer­tain­ly shows he was gen­uine and the integri­ty of his mes­sage is felt by those who read it. This includes me, and evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tians of the bible-thump­ing kind usu­al­ly do not appeal to me.

    But the best thing he said was this, though per­haps in not so many words : 

    Come…let us rea­son together.…and do our best to save each oth­er’s souls.

  14. Michael Avatar
    Michael

    Very unfor­tu­nate arti­cle, hope Mus­lims will use a more equal scale in deal­ing with issues. Moham­mad died of food poi­son­ing, would it be cor­rect to con­clude that God killed him because he was a false prophet ? 

    Com­mon Mus­lims grow up

    1. Bismika Allahuma Team Avatar

      Quite hilar­i­ous that you com­pare an obscure death of a Qadi­ani with the Prophet, upon whom be peace. Why did you not do the same in com­par­ing the death of your cru­ci­fied god” with any oth­er Roman com­mon crim­i­nal who died in the same fashion ?

  15. Fidel Catstro Avatar
    Fidel Catstro

    NABEEL was a Qadyani, they are not Mus­lims… and those who claim Nabeel is in heav­en can go and eat my foot.

  16. Sam dung Avatar
    Sam dung

    Seems like Nabil Qureshi gets the wrath of God for telling lies on Islam. He men­tioned that the word Tawhid is not indi­cat­ed in the Quran but the very essence of Islam is tawhid i.e monothe­ism and the sha­hadah There is no God but One God’. To a chris­t­ian, Nabil could deceive them claim­ing to be mus­lim, but to oth­er mus­lims, he is just a true liar.
    As such, he chal­lenges Allah by telling lies on God, on Muham­mad and on the reli­gion of Islam. And he came to this ter­ri­ble end­ing at a young age of 34 to die from a rare stom­ach can­cer. It serves as a les­son to many that be care­ful when mak­ing false claims on God (Allah) and His prophets. Oth­er­wise, it not a sur­prise that one will incur the wrath of God.

  17. IDRIS AL HASSAN Avatar
    IDRIS AL HASSAN

    I fol­lowed quit a num­ber of Nabeel’s debates but I real­ly felt sad, because Nabeel was tak­ing advan­tage of the West­’s lack of knowl­edge in Islam and for me he knew noth­ing about Islam him­self. When asked ques­tions in debates, he almost always goes off tan­gent , tak­ing advan­tage of the gullible west­ern audi­ence. know­ing qui­et well that there was no way he could be redi­rect­ed to the ques­tion due to the nature of debates. His lack knowl­edge in Islam was very easy for any one with lit­tle islam­ic knowl­edge to know for exam­ple : In his debate Tawhid” or Trin­i­ty”, he false­ly claims that Mus­lims war­ship the Qur’aan, He also false­ly uses the word BILAA KEIF” to explain why the Trin­i­ty can­not be explained even though he tries and fails mis­er­ably to explain the trin­i­ty him­self and yet say­ing it was a shame Chris­tians could not explain it. His own expla­na­tion was vague and begged for more ques­tions and answers.
    And mind you, all these debates he involved in were no brain­ers, because it was noth­ing oth­er this per­son said and that per­son said or wrote”. The essence of debates is to talk only about what the Reli­gious scrip­tures say and not what any­body else says.
    I per­son­al­ly I am not sur­prised at his end­ing any­way. It serves a warn­ing to those who dare lie about The Cre­ator, Islam, Moham­mad and Jesus ; Peace and bless­ings of The Almighty on the two mighty Prophets.

  18. jhangeer Y rej Avatar
    jhangeer Y rej

    islam is life from hell but you are show­ing your lit­tle kids on your chest to the pub­lic. you are real­ly enjoy­ing life, aren’t you ? you don’t need any cross to get to heav­en. yhwh loved the world so much that he sent his only begot­ten guid­ance in the form of writ­ing, that who­ev­er shall do his will shall enter eter­nal life. 

    Jesus is the son of God, and God himself. ”

    your first state­ment is like this 

    x is not g but son of g, then your next is like this :

    x is g.

    why did­n’t you just say 

    x is g and g himself ?

  19. jhangeer Y rej Avatar
    jhangeer Y rej

    Mohammed was not God’s mes­sen­ger. Why would God’s mes­sen­ger attempt suicide ? ”

    lets just assume that muham­mad attempt­ed sui­cide. did he go THROUGH with it ? 

    now lets apply your stan­dard on yhwh and solomon

    solomon used to get reg­u­lar vis­its from yhwh and even after reg­u­lar vis­its he com­mit­ted idolatry. 

    now since solomon went through with the act, solomon is not only an idol wor­ship­per but can­not be true spokesper­son of god. 

    it gets worse. any­thing solomon told his scribes he could have been LYING about god. he could have been mak­ing up sto­ries about god. 

    will you reject solomon from the bible lijjy ?

  20. Lizzie Avatar
    Lizzie

    What an unfor­tu­nate arti­cle. A true piece of Islam­ic ide­ol­o­gy. It’s semi sick. He has passed. Let him be.… the arti­cle is tru­ly incor­rect as far as Chris­tian­i­ty goes. Allah of the Quran is NOT the liv­ing God. Mohammed was not God’s mes­sen­ger. Why would God’s mes­sen­ger attempt sui­cide ? Jesus is the son of God, and God him­self. You must go by way of the cross the enter heav­en. Islam is a lie from hell. Mus­lims are lied to. My broth­er, Nabeel is in heav­en. He sup­port­ed his fam­i­ly on dona­tion… he was not rich. Do your research. Fur­ther­more , Chris­tians believe in GIVING to one anoth­er. Have some respect, and rake this down.

    1. Bismika Allahuma Team Avatar

      The arti­cle has not touched on Chris­t­ian doc­trines one sin­gle bit. Yet you find it offen­sive because it exposed Nabeel Qureshi for what he was : a Qadi­ani with no con­nec­tion to main­stream Islam and yet used his for­mer Mus­lim” sta­tus to solic­it dona­tions for mon­e­tary gain. 

      Mus­lims are lied to”? Wow, thanks a lot for that very sen­si­tive com­ment /​sarcasm Thank you also for prov­ing our point that West­ern Chris­tians are gullible enough to fall for the old­est con in the world. And no, we are not going to rake”[SIC] it down either.

  21. Shirley Avatar
    Shirley

    As a Chris­t­ian I read this piece to gain insight into the Mus­lim point of view. Sad­ly this arti­cle is rid­dled with so many inac­cu­ra­cies, bias­es, fal­lac­i­es, and hos­til­i­ties that I find it impos­si­ble to gain any­thing useful.

    1. Bismika Allahuma Team Avatar

      Your com­ment itself is too gen­er­al and vague, which makes it impos­si­ble to gain any­thing use­ful from it.

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