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    1. 1. HOW DO WE REMEMBER Prepared by: Fatima Khan Ahmad Firoz Muhammad Ayubi Facilitated by: Khalid I. Al-Dossary www.dawahmemo.com
    2. 2. Childhood <ul><li>Born in a village in Surat District in India on 1st of July 1918 </li></ul><ul><li>In 1927, he migrated to South Africa at the age of 9 </li></ul><ul><li>Completed only standard 6 in school but due to financial difficulties he did not continue. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Birth of an Islamic Scholar <ul><li>Targeted for conversion by Christian missionaries (Adams Mission Complex Institute) </li></ul><ul><li>Worked as shopkeeper next to the Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Constant Attack against Islam (What was I to do?) </li></ul><ul><li>Stumbled across the book, ‘Izhar ul Haqq’ which changed his life </li></ul><ul><li>Acquired extensive knowledge on the Quran and the Bible (University of Hard knock) </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>First speech in Durban in 1940 entitled “Muhammad: Messenger of Peace,” – 15 people in audience - Avalon </li></ul><ul><li>Durban big audience 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Angry & frustrated the Hindu and Christian missionaries by quoting contradicting verses from their own holy scriptures </li></ul><ul><li>His memory – A special gift from Allah </li></ul>Birth Of An Outstanding Orator
    5. 5. Humble Living <ul><li>Worked as a Dispatch Clerk for a Furniture Factory ( “Simplex” furniture factory) . </li></ul><ul><li>Converted Daddan Bingo & </li></ul><ul><li>Printed cards for Zulu </li></ul><ul><li>He Spent His Money to Print Cards Talking About Islam to the Zulu People. </li></ul><ul><li>He Was a Super Salesman. He Could Have Earned a Lot of Money, But He Gave It Up for Dawah. </li></ul><ul><li>Many Times He and His Wife Didn’t Have Enough Money to Pay the Rent. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Simple, But Effective Dawa <ul><li>His House (Apt. #45 )Was Very Close to the Mosque. </li></ul><ul><li>Used to Invite People to His House to Have a Meal . </li></ul><ul><li>Explain to Them What Islam Is, and Tell Them, “You Know, There is a Mosque Right Across the Road. Would You Like to Take a Look at the Mosque?” </li></ul>
    7. 7. Knight in Shining Armor <ul><li>Many Muslims of the Cape town Had Been Brought Over as Slaves and Political Prisoners. Good Hope Center </li></ul><ul><li>They Felt Down and Were Tired of Life as 2nd Class Citizens, and From the Pressures of Hard Line Missionaries. </li></ul><ul><li>His Debates Gave a Hefty Blow to the Aggressive Christian Missionaries. </li></ul><ul><li>Growing Popularity & Raising of Morale </li></ul>
    8. 8. Birth Of IPC & As-salam <ul><li>In 1957, Founded IPC in Durban (3 founders) </li></ul><ul><li>In 1958, Founded As-Salaam; A Muslim Daee Training Seminary </li></ul><ul><li>Hajee Kadwa donation of 75 acres of Land </li></ul><ul><li>Dream of Islamic Version of Adams Mission-Dawah College </li></ul><ul><li>In 1973, Resignation from being a trustee-Return to Durban </li></ul>
    9. 9. First Overseas Speech <ul><li>In 1976, Visit to Riyadh to attend a conference by WAMY – a turning point / A TV interview. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Riyadh opened up the West for me” </li></ul><ul><li>His dream of printing and distributing the Qur’an and literature become a reality. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1985, Debate in London with Prof. Floyd E. Clark titled “Crucifixion of Jesus ?” – Royal Albert Hall </li></ul>
    10. 10. International Recognition <ul><li>In 1986, King Faisal Award for “SERVICE TO ISLAM” </li></ul><ul><li>Whirlwind of tours to places like Morocco, Kenya, Sweden, Australia, Denmark </li></ul><ul><li>In 1985, The “Great Debate” with Jimmy Swaggart of USA “Is the Bible the Word of God?” </li></ul>
    11. 11. The Rise <ul><li>More Financial Support Came, and He Was Now Able to Open New Doors. </li></ul><ul><li>He Moved the IPC to a Larger Building, Which Became Known as the IPCI - Islamic Propagation Center International. </li></ul><ul><li>Deedat Distributed More Than 20 Million Copies of His Books & Tapes Free of Charge for the Purpose of Da’wah. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Excellent Literature <ul><li>Sheikh Ahmed Deedat’s interesting and informative literary material (24 booklets & around to 250 lectures and debates) </li></ul><ul><li>The Choice - Between Islam and Christianity - Volume I & II </li></ul><ul><li>Is the Bible God's Word? </li></ul><ul><li>Al Qur'an the Miracle of Miracles </li></ul><ul><li>What is His Name </li></ul><ul><li>Christ in Islam </li></ul><ul><li>What was the sign of Jonah </li></ul><ul><li>What the Bible says about Muhammed (pbuh) </li></ul><ul><li>Resurrection or Resuscitation </li></ul><ul><li>Arabs and Israel' Conflict or Conciliation </li></ul><ul><li>Crucifixion or Cruci-Fiction </li></ul>
    13. 13. An Inspirational Figure <ul><li>For many Muslims All Over the World Shaikh Ahmed Deedat's Dawah Was a Source of Inspiration for Them. </li></ul><ul><li>He Retained His Humility and Simplicity, Even Though He Could Have Driven a Fancy Car And Lived in a Fancy House. </li></ul><ul><li>Muslims of His Caliber are Especially Needed in Present Times As This Ummah is Facing Many Trails and Tribulations . </li></ul><ul><li>Conversion of Dawud Ngwani at the age of 63 (Former Catholic leader) </li></ul>
    14. 14. The Legacy <ul><li>Sheikh Deedat Was a Global Caller to Islam. </li></ul><ul><li>No Other Muslim That We Know of Wrote to the Pope – inviting Him to Islam, But Sheikh Deedat Did So. </li></ul><ul><li>He Left Behind a Legacy of Propagating Islam and Defending It Against Missionaries. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Declining Health <ul><li>On May 3, 1996, Stroke known as “lock in syndrome” </li></ul><ul><li>Special treatment at King Faisal hospital in Riyadh </li></ul><ul><li>Taught to communicate by coordinating his eye movements with an alphabetical chart which he memorized. </li></ul><ul><li>For 9-Years to Come, He Received Unconditional Care From His Wife (Hawa) </li></ul>
    16. 16. End of an era… <ul><li>On Monday, August 8 2005, the blessed soul departs; the Muslim world lost one of its most devoted servant. </li></ul><ul><li>… a Great Caller to Islam, </li></ul><ul><li>… an Inspirational Mentor, </li></ul><ul><li>… a Devout Brother </li></ul><ul><li>May Allah ST rest his soul in peace and grant him place in ALFIRDOUS…Ameen! </li></ul>
    17. 17. Let’s Carry the Torch…Let’s keep The Flame Burning… <ul><li>We can pay homage to this great departed soul by carrying on the legacy he left behind </li></ul><ul><li>Spread the Message of Islam as far and wide as we possibly can </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage every Muslim to be a Daee </li></ul><ul><li>Be a role model by conducting ourselves in the manner prescribed in the Qur’an & Sunnah </li></ul><ul><li>His last Will to all Muslims is to Fear Your Rabb And Defend Your Prophet, Muhammad (pbuh) </li></ul>
    18. 18. Let’s Carry the Torch…Let’s keep The Flame Burning… <ul><li>لله ما أخذ وله ما أعطى وكل شيء عنده بأجل مسمى فاصبروا إخواني واحتسبوا وليكن دعاؤكم إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون اللهم آجرنا في مصيبتنا واخلف لنا خيرا منها </li></ul><ul><li>اللهم أرحم شيخنا الجليل أحمد ديدات بقدر ماقدم للإسلام والمسلمين ، اللهم أجعله مع الصديقين والشهداء وحسن اولئك رفيقا ، اللهم وانزل صبرا وسكينة علي أهله وأبنائه وذريته ، اللهم وسع مدخله وأرزقه الجنة واغسله من ذنوبه بالماء والثلج والبرد و نقه من الخطايا كما ينقى الثوب الأبيض من الدنس ، اللهم تقبل آمين </li></ul>