From Hinduism to Islam – A lecture by Sheikh Ahmed Deedat
About Sheikh Ahmed Deedat:
In 1986, the King Faisal Basis awarded the King Faisal Worldwide Prize for SERVICE TO ISLAM, to a South African who’s extra or higher identified than many dignitaries in their very own nations. This was the primary time that this prestigious award has been awarded to a South African.
The recipient of this award was a person completely devoted to his religion and its propagation and who was not afraid to problem anybody to a debate to settle as soon as and for all of the matter, who has the excellent news proper?
He was none aside from Sheikh Ahmed Deedat, reverently identified and referred to as UNCLE by those that maintain him in excessive esteem and admiration.
The award got here after a lifetime of wrestle to propagate Islam and to defend Islam towards the onslaught of the missionaries.
Lastly, he was given recognition by the worldwide Muslim group that he deserved and targeted extra sharply the eye of the Muslim world on a very powerful facet of his work, the problem to propagate Islam. This was his life lengthy ambition to focus the Muslim world’s consideration and assets on the propagation of Islam, and ultimately he succeeded. What a second of jubilation, achievement and private gratification for Sheikh Deedat the award was, a turning level in his life.
Sheikh Deedat didn’t have a lot formal education, however he was self-taught by way of expertise and a penchant for studying, debating, dialogue, and a profound sense of dedication to a mission and objective. He was pushed and objective oriented. He was targeted and by no means let up till the job was carried out. He was sharp, perceptive, forthright, fiery, and daring in his problem of these whom he debated, significantly towards those that equal his missionary zeal and sense of audacity. Formal education didn’t destroy his artistic prowess, his tenacity, ambition, drive, and sheer daring to swim upstream.
Sheikh Deedat was extra a scholar of the Bible than the Qur’an, and was extra acquainted and adroit with its teachings. He had an perception and perspective of the Bible which made many Christians he got here into contact with rethink and re-examine their religion, significantly these facets of the Bible and the Qur’an that cope with the divine mission and lifetime of Prophet Jesus.
On Might 3, 1996, Sheikh Ahmed Deedat suffered a stroke which left him paralyzed from the neck down, and in addition meant that he may now not converse or swallow. He was flown to a hospital in Riyadh, the place he was taught to speak by way of a collection of eye-movements. He spent the final 9 years of his life in a mattress in his residence in Verulam, South Africa, encouraging individuals to have interaction in da’wah. He continued to obtain a whole bunch of letters of assist from world wide. Throughout these years, rumors unfold all through the Web that he was already useless, and even some web sites that contained his pamphlets talked about as early as 2002 that he was useless.
On August 8, 2005, Ahmed Deedat lastly succumbed to his extended sickness and died at his residence in Trevennen Highway, Verulam within the province of KwaZulu Natal.