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August 08, 2005 - Shaikh Ahmed Deedat - the debator, extraordinaire and founder of the Islamic Propogation Centre in South Africa, has passed away. He was bedridden after suffering a severe stroke in 1996, died this morning at the age of 87.
Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilayhe Raji'uun
"O Allah, forgive our people who are still alive and who have passed away, forgive those who are present here and those who are absent, forgive our young and our elderly, forgive our males and females. O Allah, the one whom you wish to keep alive from among us make him live according to Islam, and any-one who you wish to die from among us, let him die in belief and faith. O Allah, do not deprive us from his reward and do not put us in fitna (hardship or any type of trial) after his death."
(Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Tirmizi, Ibn Masjah)
It was sad to hear of the passing of Shaikh Ahmed Deedat on August 08,2005, after a long illness. For many Muslims all over the world Shaikh Ahmed's dawah was a source of inspiration for them. In particular Muslims in the West found a confidence in Islam from the truth and courage of his lectures and speeches, and will testify on the Day of Judgement that his work was an integral part of their path to the truth of Islam.
We pray that Allah showers Shakh Ahmed with rewards for his work, and his patience with his long illness. May Allah (swt) give Jannah to Sheikh Ahmed and give patience to his family, and elevate him to the highest ranks of Jannah - al Firdaws.
"And whoso obeys Allah and the Messenger (Muhammad SAW), then they will be in the company of those on whom Allah has bestowed His Grace, of the Prophets, the Siddiqoon, the martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent these companions are!" [TMQ an-Nisaa:69]
In 1986, the King
Faisal Foundation awarded the King Faisal International Prize for SERVICE TO
ISLAM, to a South African who is more or better known than many dignitaries in
their own countries. This was the first time that this prestigious award has
been awarded to a South African.
The recipient of
this award was a man totally dedicated to his faith and its propagation and who
was not afraid to challenge any one to a debate to settle once and for all the
matter, who has the good news right?
He was none other
than Sheikh Ahmed Deedat, reverently known and called UNCLE by those who hold
him in high esteem and admiration.
The award came after a lifetime of struggle to propagate Islam and to defend
Islam against the onslaught of the missionaries.
Finally, he was
given recognition by the international Muslim community that he deserved and
focussed more sharply the attention of the Muslim world on the most important
aspect of his work, the challenge to propagate Islam. This was his life long
ambition to focus the Muslim world's attention and resources on the propagation
of Islam, and at last he succeeded. What a moment of jubilation, achievement and
personal gratification for Sheikh Deedat the award was, a turning point in his
When he was told that the award will be jointly conferred on him and the French
philosopher Dr Roger Gharoudi he was overjoyed, and felt a sense of achievement
that he was in the company of an internationally distinguished scholar and
Sheikh Deedat did
not have much formal schooling, but he was self-taught through experience and a
penchant for reading, debating, discussion, and a profound sense of commitment
to a mission and goal. He was driven and goal oriented. He was focussed and
never let up until the job was done. He was sharp, perceptive, forthright,
fiery, and daring in his challenge of those whom he debated, particularly
against those who equal his missionary zeal and sense of audacity. Formal
schooling did not destroy his creative prowess, his tenacity, ambition, drive,
and sheer daring to swim upstream.
Sheikh Deedat was more a scholar of the Bible than the Qur'an, and was more
familiar and adroit with its teachings. He had an insight and perspective of the
Bible which made many Christians he came into contact with rethink and
re-examine their faith, particularly those aspects of the Bible and the Qur'an
that deal with the divine mission and life of Prophet Jesus.
It was a sad day
for us, particularly at the IPCI, when Sheikh Ahmed Deedat suffered a stroke,
and lost his speech, his most potent gift that he used so effectively in his
debates to propagate Islam.
Sheikh Deedat fell ill in 1996, shortly after his trip to Australia, which was a
momentous tour. He gave one of his most passionate talks in front of a capacity
crowd in Sydney, on the theme Easter: A Muslim viewpoint.
This was his last lecture before he suffered a stroke, and he has been bedridden
since then. He is still as alert as ever and his sharp memory to identify faces
and events has not left him. When people come to see him that he has not seen
for many years, they are amazed to see him recollecting spontaneously who they
are and where he has met them.
Please pray for
Sheikh Deedat and his family, and keep in touch with The Islamic Propagation
Centre International, the organisation that he established to continue the work
that he started for the benefit of posterity and generations to come, Insha'
We at the IPCI
will continue to further the legacy of Sheikh Ahmed Deedat and with the training
programmes that we started more Deedats will emerge, Insha'Allah.
Sheikh Deedat has
urged us to continue his work and he is comforted by the prospect that we at the
IPCI Centre are doing our utmost to create what he himself called "more better
DEEDATS." This is how he would like to be remembered and honoured.
May the Almighty
Allah restore his health, and make the remainder of his days sweet and the life
to come even sweeter, Insha'Allah.
The following Ahmed Deedat videos were taped in the early to late 80s, with varying degrees of sound and picture quality. All videos covered under our standard money-back guarantee.