Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi, who was recently moved to palliative care as he continues to battle advanced stomach cancer, has reflected on his ministry and said he hopes to leave behind a legacy of "love, peace, and truth."
Qureshi, a Muslim convert to Christianity who previously served with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, posted a vlog update on Saturday, explaining he wanted the opportunity to discuss any misconceptions people might have had about his ministry.
"I've been thinking about some things I wanted to discuss briefly that I've never really had an opportunity to discuss - and that is where my heart has been during my ministry," the 34-year-old began. "There's been a lot of discussion about details of the truth of Islam and Christianity and looking into the Quran and the Hadith and the Bible and Jesus...I think it's very important that we discuss matters of truth. But, at the end of the day, that is supposed to be undergirded by love and by peace."
He continued, "When we talked to people about our beliefs, we should do it through a lens of love, and the whole point should be to bring people together, to bring people together to the truth, and not to hurt one another, but to help one another."
The "Seeking Allah Finding Jesus" author said that far too often, people use the information he shares to "undercut" one another.
"That has not been my intent," he said. "My whole point in teaching is for love to reign. So, as you consider my ministry, I hope it leaves a legacy of love, of peace, of truth, of caring for one another. That is my hope and my purpose behind this. If at any point, I have said anything that seems to contravene that, I do apologize and I hope that is not the legacy that I leave behind."
"Our God is a God of love. That should be what keeps us driven," he added later. "That should be foremost in our mind. So, whether you are talking to a Hindu, a Jew, a Muslim, a Christian, whoever you are talking to, may it be out of love."
Qureshi also asked supporters to continue to pray for his family - his parents, his wife Michelle, and his daughter Ayah - "should the worst happen" to him.
"They have been traking such great care of me...I do hope that there will be people who will pray for them should the worst happen to me. Please do consider them going forward in your prayers on a daily basis."
Qureshi, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer last August, shared an update earlier in the day revealing doctors have "given up" on treating his body and have recommended comfort measures.
"The doctors have pretty much given up on treating me. They think my body is in it's final stages of life and so they have suggested palliative care. That's what we're doing, we are just doing comfort measures. For example, right now, doctors have decided no more calories for me for a few days, and if that means that bad things happen, then bad things happen."
The speaker and author said that currently, things are looking "pretty grim."
"I could really use your prayers," he said. "If we want the Lord to come through and do a miracle, it needs to happen in the next few days. I know it's dire news, but I figured I'd share it with you so I can have your prayers."