Author and Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi shared the latest update in his ongoing cancer battle in a video last Thursday. He reveals that after receiving radiation for his stomach cancer, the latest round of radiation didn't work. Now, Qureshi is asking the public for increased prayer as he and his family face profound uncertainty.
"This is about the worst news we've received since the day we were first diagnosed," he said. "And the cancer is now worse than where it was when we were first diagnosed."
Qureshi is a Pakistani American Christian apologist and convert from Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. He is a speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) and the author of three books, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity (Zondervan, February 2014),Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward (Zondervan, March 2016), and No God But One-Allah or Jesus (Zondervan, August 2016).
"The results aren't good," he said. "The radiation apparently didn't work too well."
On 30 August 2016, Qureshi announced that he was in the advanced stages of stomach cancer. Qureshi took to his Facebook page to inform fans and followers of his illness saying the prognosis was "quite grim".
"This is an announcement that I never expected to make, but God in His infinite and sovereign wisdom has chosen me for this refining, and I pray He will be glorified through my body and my spirit," Qureshi wrote. "My family and I have received the news that I have advanced stomach cancer, and the clinical prognosis is quite grim. Nonetheless, we are going to pursue healing aggressively, both medical and miraculous, relying on God and the fact that He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine."
While Qureshi said his primary tumor shrunk, the cancer in his lymph nodes didn't recede and, in fact, spread to other lymph nodes in his chest, precluding him from being a candidate for much-needed surgery.
"We don't know what's going to happen now," he continued. "Next week, we will be meeting with our medical oncologist who will be giving us whatever options we have now."
Qureshi held little back in openly sharing his worries and fears, recalling the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead in the Gospel of John and proclaiming that this is the sort of profound miracle he's hoping to see unfold in his own life.
In the end, he said he "can't lose hope," as he has a young daughter and doesn't want her to grow up fatherless.