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Sheikh Ahmed Deedat

Sheikh Ahmed Deedat
Sheikh Ahmed Deedat holding a copy of the Holy Quran

Sheikh Ahmed Deedat’s Biography

Ahmed Hoosen Deedat (July 1, 1918 – August 8, 2005)

The world renowned Muslim Scholar of Comparative Religion, was born in the Surat district of India in 1918. Ahmed Hoosen Deedat had no recollection of his father until 1926. His father, a tailor by profession, 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 a 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 also excelled in school. His avid passion for reading helped him gain promotions until he completed standard six. Lack of finance interrupted his schooling and at the early age of about sixteen 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 insults of the trainee missionaries hurled against Islam during their brief visits to the store infused a stubborn flame of desire within the young man to counteract their false propaganda.

As fate 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 debates had a profound effect on Ahmed Deedat.

Armed with this newly found zeal, Ahmed Deedat purchased his first Bible and began 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 successes spurred Ahmed Deedat in the direction of Da’wah. Not even his marriage, birth of children and a three-year sojourn to Pakistan after its independence dampened his enthusiasm or dulled his desire to defend Islam from the deceitful distortions of the Christian missionaries.

With missionary zeal to project the Truth and 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 established the As-Salaam, an institute to train propagators 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), Durban, and became its President. He has authored and published several books and distributed millions of copies free of charge. He has delivered thousands of lectures all over the world and successfully engaged prominent Christian Evangelists in public debates. Several thousand people have come into the fold of Islam as a result of these efforts.

In a fitting tribute to this monumental achievement, he was awarded the King Faisal International Award in 1986, a prestigious recognition of enormous value in the world of Islam. However, no number of awards and honors can truly capture Sheikh Ahmed Deedat’s essence and zeal for Islam.

Sheikh Ahmed Deedat passed away on August 8, 2005 (aged 87). We pray that Allah accept all his good deeds and his work in the service of Islam and Comparative Religion. Ameen.

Contact Information:

Following is the latest contact information for The Islamic Propagation Centre International (IPCI) in Durban, South Africa.

Your could write or send a FAX to get more information about events and news regarding Mr. Deedat’s Health. The IPCI also provides free literature on request.

The Islamic Propagation Centre International

4th Floor, 124 Queen Street, Durban 4001 R.S.A.
Phone: (027-31) 3060026 / 7
Telex: (095) 6-21815 IPCI SA
FAX: (027-31) 3040326

King Faisal International Award; 1986

Following is the translated copy of the King Faisal International Award presented to Sheikh Ahmad Deedat for his prominent service to Islam for over a period of forty years. At present Mr. Deedat is recovering from a stroke he suffered in 1996-97. We pray to Allah for his health and recovery. May Allah Almighty shower his Blessings and Mercy upon him.

King Faisal International Award
Sheikh Ahmed Deedat’s King Faisal International Award; 1986

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41 thoughts on “Sheikh Ahmed Deedat

  1. I like the way how mr. Ahmad Deedat propagated Islam specially his experties in comparative religion. I have read and listen most of his islamic books and cassette tape recorded about islam and debates between him and Swaggart, McDowwell, Sharooz, etc. My querry is, are He (mr.Deedat) still alive today 29 May 2010 ?

  2. Frank, thanks for asking, Sheikh Ahmed Deedat passed away on August 8, 2005 (aged 87), may Allah rest his soul in peace, thanks for asking, I have updated this page with this information as well. Hope you keep enjoying his programs as we post them (video) on Institute Al Islam on a weekly basis. (See side column with links to his videos).


  4. may ALLAH swt shower his blessings on all thosde who are currently propagating his deen ISLAM.and surely they will sucseed in their good cause.INSHAALLAH.
    may ALLAHswt rest Mr.Ahmad DEEDAT”S soul in Heaven…..Ameen

  5. Oh Allah, may your blessing and mercy be upon our beloved Father, Grand father, Sheikh Ahmad Deedat. We miss you so much Baba!!! May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amin.

  6. Allahu akbar! A great erudite Islamic scholar. You will forever remember in our heart, may your gentle soul rest in peace! Sheikh Ahmad Deedat…..

  7. Assalamuallikum,

    May Allah Bless Sheik Deedat, His Talks will always be a Guide to all of us. He is Truly the Best guide to all of us and our next generations. May Allah Bless him.

  8. The life of Sheikh Ahmad Deedat is a utmost example for all the Muslims of the world,We adored him,his mastery of the English Bible language,the Quran,and the Real world matters.

    We all remember him in the Holy month of Ramadan Mubarak! We are all praying for him Janatou Firdasy! Ameeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!

    From West Africa
    The Gambia

  9. What a Brilliant person Sheikh Ahmed Deedat seems from the videos, I pray that Allah grants him Jannat ul Firdous. I wish I could have met this wonderful person.

  10. We miss u so much sheikh Ahmad deedat, you have done so much for islam May allah bless you in your grave and enter you paradise, you and your family inchaallah.Yarhamouka allah shiekh

  11. We have the intention to follow Sheikh A.H.Deedat’s example by preparing propagators of Islam in the African continent and spread the truth of Islam. May Allah S.W. Bless the noble work of the late propagator of Islam.amin. Ekbal fro Kenya.

  12. I like the way sh.ahmed deedat propagated islam, I realy enjoy the lectures of the great sheikh and inshallah inshallah I will make dua for him may allah make waasec for his qabri(widen his grave ). AMIN

  13. Assalamualaikum such great scholar we really salute for your great service to Islam, Islam is a peace religion in the world. and Maasha’ALLAH Sheik Ahmed deedat what a great personality May ALLAH grant him Jannathul firdous we really miss Shiek Ahmed Deedat today we are feeling your absence you were the sincere preacher. This is our bad luck we haven’t meet you but Insha’ALLAH we will meet in Jannah. May ALLAH reward you Jannathul firdous Aameen

  14. Assalam mu alaikum,

    Al-fetaha to respectable Shiekh Ahmad Deedat, may Allah have mercy upon him and reward his efforts, dedication and commitment to Allah during his life time.


  15. Salam, I thank Allah (swt) for the knowledge; Wisdom
    he has given to Sheikh Ahmed Deedat. He was a great speaker of all time. He had so much passion for his deen. May Allah mercy be upon him. Ameen.

  16. Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahe wabarakatuhu,
    I attended one of his lectures in Riyadh in 1990s. I ask Allah swt to give him place in paradise.


  17. Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahe wabarakatuhu,

    Sheikh Ahmed Deedat he was such a great scholar,great personality we really Thank ALLAH (swt) he has sent you among us for the great service to Islam, let ALLAH (swt) grant Sheikh Ahmed Deedat Jannathul firdous and bless you in your grave and enter you Jannah, Ameen Suma Ameen.

    G.Mohamed Rafi from India (Chennai)

  18. Salamalakum, I thank Allah (swt) for the knowledge; Wisdom
    he has given to Sheikh Ahmed Deedat. He was a great speaker of all time. He had so much passion for his deen. May Allah mercy be upon him. Ameen.

  19. Assalamu alaikum warahmatulahi wabarakatuh.
    May Allah azza wajjal have mercy upon his soul, may He lighten up his grave with noor and protect him and give him the high place in Jannatul firdous. Ameen
    I would like to know if IPCI have an email address cos I have a friend who needs some few copies and audios.
    and I would like to know if it can be posted

    shukran Jazakumullah khair

  20. InshAllah He Allah(SWA) granted him Gannatul Firdaws. He was a really Scientist . Lats we all make DUA in order such kind of people become more and more. AMIN

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