Symposium between Ahmed Deedat and Gary Miller. Ahmed Deedat during question and answer session. hmed Hoosen Deedat (Arabic: Ø§ØÙ…Ø¯ ØØ³ÙŠÙ† Ø¯ÙŠØ¯Ø§Øª; 1 July 1918 — 8 August 2005) was a South African writer and public speaker of Indian descent. He was best known as a Muslim missionary who held numerous inter-religious public debates with evangelical Christians, as well as video lectures, most of which centred around Islam, Christianity and the Bible. He also established the IPCI, an international Islamic missionary organisation, and wrote several booklets on Islam and Christianity which were widely distributed by the organisation. He was awarded the prestigious King Faisal International Prize in 1986 for his 50 years of missionary work. One focus of his work was providing Muslims with theological tools for defending themselves against active proselytising by Christian missionaries. He used English to get his message across to Muslims and non-Muslims in the western world
Deedat published and mass-produced over one dozen palm-sized booklets focusing on the following major themes. Most of Deedat’s numerous lectures, as well as most of his debates in fact, focus on and around these same themes. Often the same theme has several video lectures to its credit, having been delivered at different times and different places.
Is the Bible God’s Word?
What The Bible Says About Muhammad
Crucifixion or Cruci-Fiction?
several smaller spin-off titles on specific aspects of Crucifixion
Muhammad: The Natural Successor to Christ
Christ in Islam
Muhammad The Greatest
Al-Qur’an the Miracle of Miracles
Capitalizing on his popularity in the Middle East following his receipt of the King Faisal Award, Deedat secured a grant to print a collated volume of four of his popular booklets. 10,000 copies of this book titled The Choice: Islam and Christianity were initially printed on April 1993; this book was very popular in the 1990s, available for free at many missionary outlets across North America. Subsequently, several printing houses offered to print more, and within two years another 250,000 copies had been printed in several print runs across the Middle East.
Later, a second paperback volume entitled The Choice: Volume Two containing six more of Deedat’s booklets was published. Deedat also widely promoted a South African printing of The Holy Qur’an translation by Abdullah Yusuf Ali with commentary and detailed index. This was widely sold at subsidised cost to the general public, and is often mentioned in Deedat’s speeches.
Deedat also produced a booklet entitled “Al-Qur’an: the Ultimate Miracle” featuring the theory of ‘the Number 19’ that was popularised by Arizona-based Egyptian computer analyst Dr. Rashad Khalifa. However, this booklet was withdrawn after Dr. Khalifa disclosed some controversial beliefs, including his rejection of the entire Hadith literature of Islam