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Born: July 1, 1918(1918-07-01)SuratBritish India
Died: August 8, 2005
Occupation: Islamic Da’wah
Nationality: South African

Sheikh Ahmed Hussein Deedat (July 1, 1918 – August 8, 2005), was a Muslim scholar of Comparative religion, an author, lecturer, and an orator. He was best known for witty inter-religious public debates.

What differentiated Deedat’s approach from his contemporaries, apart from eloquence in English language, was that he would not only use references from the Qur’an and the Hadith, but also use his intensive knowledge of the Bible. His writings have been criticized as fundamentalist, antisemitic, anti-Christian and anti-Hindu, though his supporters categorically deny this.

Early life

Ahmed Deedat was born in Surat, India in 1918. His father had emigrated to South Africa shortly after the birth of Ahmed Deedat. At the age of 9, Deedat went to join his father in what is now known as Kwazulu-Natal. His mother died few months after Deedat left for South Africa. Applying himself with diligence to his studies, Deedat was able to overcome the language barrier and excel in school, getting promotions until he completed standard 6. But had to start working at the age of 16.

In 1936, while working as a furniture salesman Deedat came across missionaries at a Christian seminary on the Natal South Coast. In between the deep racial divides, the religious ideology was used by the authorities to numb and pacify the masses.[1] This is considered to be a major influence on Deedat’s interest in comparative religions.

Another inspiration on his intellectual development came from the book “Truth Revealed” by Rahmatullah Kairanvi on the concept of holding inter-religious public debates.[2] The book was written especially in response to the missionary efforts of Reverend C.C.P Fonder, the head of the Christian Mission of India, in 1864.

Lectures and Debates

Deedat’s first lecture, entitled “Muhammad: Messenger of Peace,” was delivered in 1942 to an audience of 15 people at a Durban movie theater.[1] Within a short space of time, the numbers grew and people crossed the racial divides which were then prevalent in apartheid South Africa, to listen to him, and to participate in the questions and answers sessions which followed his lectures.

With the increased success, Deedat engaged into broader range of activities over the next three decades. He conducted classes on Bible studies and conducted numerous lectures. Da`wah (inviting people towards Islam) became the dominant factor of his life, with the audiences at his lectures reaching forty thousand. In 1957, Deedat, together with two of his friends, founded the Islamic Propagation Centre International (IPCI) and remained its president until 1996.[3]

According to David Westerlund, Deedat’s aimed at providing Muslims with theological tools for defending themselves against the intense missionary strivings of many Christian denominations. He used English instead of Arabic or any other language to get his message across to Muslim minorities in the western world. [4]

Not knowing Hebrew or Greek, Deedat’s trademark was his verbatim quotes from secondary Christian sources combined with selected passages from English translations of the Bible to give credibility to his argument that the Bible supported the Islamic creed and was at variance with the doctrine of the Trinity and other foundational Christian teachings.

International coverage

Honours and awards

  • King Faisal International Award. 1986
  • President, Islamic Propagation Centre International (IPCI) (1957-1996)

Criticisms

Deedat’s personality has not escaped criticisms and controversies. Deedat’s debates and writings have been labelled a form of apologetics influenced largely by the marginal and exposed situation of the small minority of Muslims in the strongly Christian dominated South Africa.[4] Some also consider that Deedat’s emphasis on such matters as inconsistencies in the Bible does nothing to convince Westerners of the truth of Islam since Western culture is essentially secular.[1] The name of the IPCI’s Grey Street Durban office, the ‘Bin Laden Centre’, has also come in for criticism. In fact this was built with funds from the Saudi Binladin Group, among others, and is not named after Osama bin Laden. However, the centre has since been renamed.[6]

In 2006, Ahmed Deedat’s son circulated a DVD that denounced South African Hindus. The elder Deedat had previously circulated an anti-Hindu video in the 80’s in which he said that Indian Muslims were ‘fortunate’ that their Hindu forefathers ‘saw the light’ and converted to Islam when Muslim rulers dominated some areas of India. His video was widely criticized.[7].

Lloyd V. J. Ridgeon, professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Glasgow writes:

Ahmed Deedat’s pamphlets are being recycled to a brand new British Muslim constituency. Thus, a new generation is exposed to his malicious new disinformations. The reason for the popularity of such polemicists as Ahmed Deedat is varied: Muslim self-understandings as “the best of all communities” leads them to suppose that Islam prevails over all religions. Combined with the wounded pride of living in a post-colonial world within the continuing hegemony of western culture,some dignity can at least be preserved by claimimg moral and religious superiority.[8]

Karl Maier, former Africa correspondent for the London’s Independent newspaper, writes that Deedat’s rhetoric has made him very popular “in the underground of Islamic radicalism[9] Still, Deedat’s influence was certainly wider than confined to the underground. Islamic scholar Farid Esack has criticized Deedat, comparing him to such fundamentalists as Rabbi Meir Kahane and Jerry Falwell, and writing[10]:

Deedat’s multitude of anti-Christian, anti-Jewish and anti-Hindu videotapes have told us all that there is to be told about the other, and we are comfortable with that. There are times, of course, when questions surface about the importance of correct dogma, about the importance of labels to a God whom we believe sees beyond labels and looks at the hearts of people. Instead of pursuing these questions, we hasten back and seek refuge in “the known.” We order another of those Deedat tapes.[10]

Another prominent critic of Deedat is Joe Kauffmann, co-founder of “Americans Against Hate”. Kauffmann criticizes Deedat as a “known bigot”, a homophobe and an anti-Semite.[11]

The “Stephen Roth institute for the study of contemporary antisemitism and racism” also accuses Deedat of being an anti-Semite[12]

In his book, “Arabs and Israel Conflict or Reconciliation”, Deedat has frequently alleged “Jewish biases” in the western world and media, re-iterating traditional conspiracist allegations of “Jewish Lobby” control. He writes “Anti-Semite” is the magic word that cloaks every Jewish Crime”[13]. In his book, he also attacks Israel, and the US-Israel relationship in this book as part of a “Jewish Conspiracy”. [13]

Death

On May 3, 1996, Sheikh Ahmed Deedat suffered a stroke which left him paralyzed from the neck down, and also meant that he could no longer speak or swallow. He was flown to a hospital in Riyadh, where he was taught to communicate through a series of eye-movements. He spent the last nine years of his life in a bed in his home in Verulam, South Africa, encouraging people to engage in da’wah. He continued to receive hundreds of letters of support from around the world. During these years, rumors spread throughout the Internet that he was already dead, and even some websites that contained his pamphlets mentioned as early as 2002 that he was dead.

On August 8, 2005, Ahmed Deedat finally succumbed to his prolonged illness and died at his home in Trevennen Road, Verulam in the province of KwaZulu Natal.

He is buried at the Verulam cemetery in Kwa Zulu Natal province.

Publications

Deedat published over 20 books and distributed millions of copies of pamphlets, many of which were translated into various languages:

  • The Choice – Between Islam and Christianity – Volume I
  • The Choice – Between Islam and Christianity – Volume II
  • Arab and Israel, War or Peace?
  • 1989, Can you stomach the best of Rushdie?, Islamic Propagation Centre, Birmingham. OCLC 26893859
  • Christ in Islam [14]
  • Combat Kit against Bible Thumpers. [15]
  • Crucifixion or Cruci-Fiction? [16]
  • Is Jesus Christ God?
  • Is the Bible God’s Word? [17]
  • Muhummad PBUH the Greatest
  • Muhummad PBUH the Natural Successor to Christ. [18]
  • Qur’an the Miracle of Miracles
  • Resurrection or Resuscitation of Jesus [19]
  • The God that never was
  • The Muslim at Prayer
  • What is his Name? [20]
  • What the Bible say about Muhummad pbuh the Prophet of Islam? [21]
  • What the eminent intellects say about MUHUMMAD pbuh?
  • What was the Sign of Jonah? [22]
  • Who moved the Stone? [23]

The following are the DVD recordings of Sheikh Ahmed Deedat which are available from Par Excellence (website www.parexcellence.co.za)

  • From Hinduism To Islam
  • Deedat’s Encounter With Christian Missionaries
  • The Qur’an and the Computer
  • What the Bible Says About Muhammad (pbuh)
  • Al Qur’aan – A Miracle of Miracles
  • Is Jesus (pbuh) God?
  • Islam and Christianity – Deedat / Gary Miller
  • Christianity and Islam – Geneva Switzerland
  • Is the Bible the Word of God? Debate Deedat vs Stanley Sjoberg (Deedat in Scandanavia)
  • Is Jesus (pbuh) God? Debate Deedat vs Erik Bock – Denmark
  • Is the Bible the Word of God? Denmark
  • How Rushdie Fooled The West – Ahmed Deedat
  • Islam’s Answer To The New World Order
  • Freely Speaking In Geneva
  • Muhammed (Pbuh) the Greatest
  • Islam and Christianity – Debate on SABC TV
  • Was Christ Crucified? Deedat vs Floyd E Clark
  • The Qur’aan or The Bible – Which is Gods Word? Preview of UK Debate
  • Islam’s Answer To The Pope’s “Pious” Pronouncement
  • Dawah or Destruction – New York
  • Crucifixion – Fact or Fiction – Deedat vs Robert Douglas
  • Missionary Inroads – Maldive Islands
  • Islam And Christianity – Taj Mahal Hotel – Pakistan
  • Was Christ Crucified – Deedat vs General Wakefield
  • Jesus (pbuh) Beloved Prophet of Islam (USA)
  • Christ in Islam
  • Christ in Islam a sequel (studio debate)
  • The Qur’an or the Bible Which is Gods Word?
  • Jesus Christ in Christianity and Islam
  • Is The Bible God’s Word? – Deedat vs Swaggart
  • Is The Bible God’d Word? – Questions and Answer Session – Deedat vs Swaggart
  • Muhammed (pbuh) in the Bible
  • Challenge of the Missionries – Sharjah UAE
  • Muhummed (PBUH) The Natural Successor to Christ (PBUH) – Pakistan
  • Islam and Other Religions
  • Arabs and Israel – Conflict on Conciliation?
  • Crucifixion or Cruci-Fiction
  • Sheikh Deedat in the Spotlight
  • Man God Relationship In Islam
  • Glimpses of Deedat on BBC plus East Meets West
  • Short Talks on Mid East TV
  • Jumuah Talk
  • Deedat’s Message To Muslim Students in the UK
  • Deedat at FOSIS’s 23rd Annual Winter Gathering
  • Debate: Is Jesus God? Shorrosh Vs Deedat
  • Durban Business and Professional Women at the IPCI
  • Preview of US Debate In The UAE – Is The Bible God’s Word?
  • Muhummed The Greatest (Pakistan)
  • Muhummed (p) Successor to Christ (p)
  • How Not To Do Dawah
  • Debate: The Qur’an or the Bible – Which Is God’s Word? Deedat vs Shorrosh
  • Debate: The Qur’an or the Bible – Which Is God’s Word? Deedat vs Shorrosh Question and Answers
  • Sequel to: The Quran or the Bible – Which is God’s Word?
  • Christian Missionaries at the IPCI
  • Christian Guests In Your Mosque
  • Jesus (p), Man, Myth or God
  • Jesus (p) and Muhummed (p) A Comparative Study
  • Challenge of Islam
  • Dawah In The USA
  • Kuwait Series 1
  • Kuwait Series 2
  • Kuwait Series 3
  • Kuwait Series 4
  • Kuwait Series 5
  • Is Israel Set Up For Destruction?
  • Should Rushdie Die – The Islamic Verdict
  • Should Rushdie Die – The Judeo Christian Verdict
  • Ahmed Deedat – Speaking Freely – As Interviewed By Ginna Lewis
  • If The Label Show Your Intent, Wear It
  • A Dire Warning
  • New Deceit In Christian Evangelism
  • Debate: Is Jesus God? Sjoberg vs Deedat
  • Islam The Message of Truth – Malaysia
  • Pros and Cons of Israel – Denmark Lecture
  • Islam In Africa
  • Dawah In UK
  • Deedat’s Kenyan Tour at Musjid South “C” Nairobi
  • Deedat’s Kenyan Tour at Jamia Mosque – Nairobi
  • Christ In Islam – Kenya
  • Deedat’s Nairobi Combat Kit Course
  • Deedat’s Combat Kit Course – Mombasa, Kenya
  • Deedat’s Kenyan Tour – at Memon Villa Hall Mombasa
  • Student Missionaries Visit The Centre
  • Christianity, Judiasm, and Islam – Which Has The Solution To The World Problems?
  • Concept of God In Hinduism and Islam
  • Easter: A Muslim Viewpoint
  • Christ In Islam
  • Debate With American Soldiers
  • Justice and Equality
  • Christian Missionary Inroads
  • Message of the Qur’an
  • What is Wisdom?
  • Muhummed (Pbuh) The Greatest
  • Mother of All Injustices
  • Combat Kit Against Bible Thumpers Course
  • Deedat’s Encounter With Mormon Missionaries
  • African Religion Pure Until White Man Touched Them / Muslim Divorce
  • Deedat A Fundamentalist
  • Arabs and Israel – Conflict on Conciliation? – Lecture At Western Hotel, Chicago
  • Bible Course
  • The Prophet Of Islam And The Bible
  • Daughters Of Islam
  • Al-Qur’an The Miracle Of Miracles – Lecture At Walton Forest, London
  • Muhammed (pbuh) The Greatest – Lecture In The Maldives
  • The Qur’aan And The Jew

References

  1. ^ a b c Demystifying Islam and Debating Christianity, Imran Garda, 2006
  2. ^ The Truth Revealed, Rahmatullah Kairanvi, 1864. (English translation)
  3. ^ Islamic Propagation Centre International
  4. ^ a b David Westerlund, Ahmed Deedat’s Theology of Religion: Apologetics through Polemics. Journal of Religion in Africa, 33(3). 2003
  5. ^ Michael Wolfe, The Hadj: An American Pilgrimage to Mecca. Grove Press. p.79. ISBN 0802135862
  6. ^ The life of Shaikh Ahmed Deedat, Asim Khan, 21 January 2006. Al Jazeerah (English).
  7. ^ South African muslims reject anti-Hindu DVD,India Enews
  8. ^ Ridgeon, Lloyd V. J (2001). Islamic Interpretations of Christianity P 214 (in English). Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0-312-23854-1.
  9. ^ Maier, Karl (2003). This House Has Fallen: Nigeria in crisis P164 (in English). Westview Press. ISBN 0813340454.
  10. ^ a b TO WHOM SHALL WE GIVE ACCESS TO OUR WATER HOLES?, by Farid Esack
  11. ^ ‘INTERFAITH’ IMAM OUTED AS HATE PROMOTER,by Joe Kauffmann
  12. ^ Tel-Aviv University
  13. ^ a b Deedat, Ahmed (1989). Arabs and Israel, Conflict or Reconciliation (in English).
  14. ^ Christ in Islam
  15. ^ Combat Kit against Bible Thumpers
  16. ^ Crucifixion or Cruci-Fiction?
  17. ^ Is the Bible God’s Word?
  18. ^ Muhummad PBUH the Natural Successor to Christ
  19. ^ Resurrection or Resuscitation of Jesus
  20. ^ What is his Name?
  21. ^ What the Bible say about Muhummad pbuh the Prophet of Islam?
  22. ^ What was the Sign of Jonah?
  23. ^ Who moved the Stone?

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3 Responses to “Ahmed Deedat”


  1. 1 Minkaheel
    August 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    There is NO order religion except ISLAM is a truth submittion to ALLAH

  2. 2 Minkaheel
    August 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    There is NO order religion except ISLAM is a truth submittion to ALLAH.

    From: Nigeria


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