Originally published in The Gospel Herald
Christian apologist and speaker Nabeel Qureshi, who had been diagnosed with stomach cancer a few months ago, took to Facebook and said the tumour that was in his stomach is now gone.
Qureshi said the results of his PET scan on November 17 showed the primary mass is no longer there. However, the stomach wall still registered increased glucose uptake, which indicated it could still have cancer.
“It’s a matter of huge rejoicing,” he said in his vlog dated November 18 on Facebook. “This is a time of rejoicing for our family.” He said the recent diagnosis gave him a “huge, huge relief.”
He also said the lymph nodes near the stomach that used to be cancerous are “all resolved as well.” The only lymph node that was still of concern was far from the stomach.
“[It] is still enlarged and still taking a large amount of glucose, so they’re still considering it actively cancerous. But it has decreased in size quite a bit, and it has decreased in glucose uptake,” he said. “Long story short, some things have been totally healed, and the rest has been partially healed. There’s no new tumour.”
Jesus healing a blind man
Qureshi said the first thing that came to his mind when he learned about the diagnosis was the story recounted on Mark 8:22–26, which talks about Jesus healing a blind man from Bethsaida. Jesus spit on the blind man’s eyes and laid his hand on him, and the man began to see. However, his vision wasn’t clear; he saw people looking like trees walking around.
Then Jesus put his hand on the man’s eyes for the second time, and the man’s vision was restored. Qureshi referred to the process as a “two-step healing.”
“I think I’m in the middle of a two-step healing right now,” he said.
He clarified that he wasn’t referring to physical healing but more about his knowledge of God.
“I think I’m also beginning to see God more clearly. Before this cancer, I saw God very carefully. In other words, I was very, very careful about my theology,” Qureshi explained. “I didn’t want to say or do anything that I wasn’t a 100% sure about. But I’m beginning to realise that though we should do our theology and our scholarship that way, I don’t think we should live our Christian life that way.”
Thankful for prayer support
He thanked everyone who prayed for him and closed his vlog with a prayer.
“We need to continue to pray. Thank you so much for all your continued prayers and love and your fasting … I’m just overwhelmed,” Qureshi said. “This is a time to rejoice but then to get back at it to the next round of praying to the Lord, asking for healing. If you’d be so inclined, I’d really appreciate it.”
Qureshi is a Pakistan American who turned his back on Islam and became a follower of Christ. He was a part of the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). He has written several books, including Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity.
Watch his vlog below: