Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Amhed Deedat is no more

World teacher and Islamic scholar Ahmed Deedat passed away yesterday at Lotusville South Africa, age 87. Deedad earned reputation as a thinker, preacher and orator par excellence propounding the noble values of Islam. Born in Gujarat, India, Mr Ahmed moved to SA with his family at a very young age. A brilliant student Deedad was initially influenced by the missionary work carried out by cristian groups in India, before embarking upon an eventful life that saw him setting up the first Islamic Seminary in Southern Africa to train propagators of true Islam at Assalaam educational Institute - Braemar.

He has published more than 20 books and distributed millions of copies of free literature the world over. Many of Sheikh Deedat’s publications have been translated into the many different languages of the world : Russian, Urdu, Arabic, Bengali, Bangladeshi, French, Amharic, Chinese, Japanese, Mayalam, Indonesian,, Zulu , Afrikaans, Dutch, Norwegian amongst others. He delivered countless lectures all over the world, crossing all the continents and successfully engaging some of the biggest names in Christian evangelists in public debates. The frugal-mannered Deedat would mesmerise his audiences with his intellectual prowess.

Early in his career, he created major storms in the mainstream South African media with his unique, innovative styles of promoting the Palestinian cause. By inviting competitive essays on pictures depicting Israeli opression, Deedat not only exposed the pseudo-liberal SA media's phony commitment to freedom of speech; he was also severely maligned by Zionist pressure groups.

So fearless was his stand in defending the truth that Sheikh Deedat was refused entry into France and Nigeria on the pretext that ‘ he would cause a civil unrest’.

Deedad's Da'wah activities doubtless resulted in legions of people embracing Islam both in this country and internationally. His legendary skills propelled him to an international audience in all corners of the world. Former SA President Nelson Mandela famously called up Deedat once, congratulating him for his international icon status in the Muslim World. Despite being a vehement critic of the Arab regimes Deedad was awarded the prestigious King Faisal Award in 1986 for his sterling services to Islam in the field of Propagation.

Sheikh Ahmed Deedat 1918-2005 (Scholar,Teacher, Activist and a great human being) R.I.P

So you find fault with me, the Christian I don't blame him, I am the most dangerous guy for him, he knows that, he may say I am bashing him or swearing at him, if he breaks my jaw, he is entitled to. But you have no right to point the finger at me, the Muslim, you have no right, you read the Qur'an in Arabic, you understand. Allah is telling you: "O people of the book do not go to extremes in your religion."
Ahmed Deedat

Sameer Bhat

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