Ahmed Deedat; A MAN WITH MISSION
Born in the Surat distric of India in 1918, Ahmed Hoosen Deedat had no recollection of his father until 1926. His father a tailor by profes…sion had emigrated to South Africa shortly after the birth of Ahmed Deedat.
With no formal education and fighting off the extreme pangs of poverty, he went to South Africa in 1927 to be with his father. His farewell to his mother in India in 1927 was the last time he saw her alive for she passed away a few months later.
In foreign land, a boy of nine with no formal schooling and command of the English language began preparing for the role he was to play decades later without realizing it.
Applying himself with diligence to his studies, the little boy not only was able to overcome the language barrier but excelled in school. His avid passion for reading helped him gain promotions until he completed standart 6. Lack of finance interrupted his schooling and at early age of about 16 he took on the first of many jobs in retailing.
The most significant of these was in 1936 where he worked at a Muslim owned store near a Christian seminary on the Natal South Coast. The incessant insult of the trainee missionaries hurled against Islam during their brief visit to the store infused a stubborn flame of desire within the young man to counteract their false propaganda.
As faith would have it, Ahmed Deedat discovered by pure chance a book entitled ‘IZHARUL-HAQ’, meaning the Truth revealed. This book recorded the techniques and enormous success of the efforts of Muslims in India in turning the tables against Christian missionary harassment during the British subjugation and rule of India. In particular the idea of holding debate had a profound effect on Ahmed Deedat.
Armed with this new found zeal, Ahmed Deedat purchased his first Bible and begin holding debates and discussions with the trainee missionaries. When they beat a hasty retreat in the face of his incisive counter arguments, he personally called on their teachers and even priests in the surrounding areas.
These success spurred Ahmed Deedat in the direction of Da’wah. With missionarry zeal to project the Truth and the beauty of Islam, Ahmed Deedat immersed himself into a host of activities over the next three decades. He conducted classes on Bible studies and gave numerous lectures. He estabilish the As-Salaam, an institute to train propogators of Islam. He, together with his family, almost single-handedly erected the buildings including the masjid which is still a landmark today.
He was a founder member of the Islamic Propagation Centre International (IPCI) and become its president, a position he still holds today. He has published over 20 books and distributed millions of copies free of charges. He has delivered thousands of lectures all over the world and sucsessfully engaged Christian Evangelists in public debates. Several thousand people have come into the fold of Islam as a result of these efforts.
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