Ahmed Hussein Deedat, dedicated half of his life to Islamic propogation, and famous for his religious dialouges with Christian missionaries. Ahmed was born on July 1st, 1918 in Surat, India. After suffering a stroke in 1996, leaving him paralyzed and bed-ridden for 9 years, Ahmed died on August 8th, 2005, in Durban, South Africa. He was 87.

Ahmed's family immigrated to South Africa in 1927, he was a sharp student and excelled in school. Poor financial conditions interrupted his schooling and at age 16 he worked and continued to work in retailing.

After Ahmed read Izhar Al Haq (The Truth Revealed), a book consisting of a debate between Christian Missionaries in the former British India, the book spurred Ahmed in the direction of dawa (Islamic Missionary). For the following 40 years, Ahmed conducted Bible classes, lectures, and debates all over the world. The first Islamic seminary in South Africa was established by Ahmed to train Islamic Missionaries at Assalaam Educational Institute in Braemar.

Ahmed published 20 books and circulated millions of copies of free literature and pamphlets all over the world which were subsequently translated into many languages. Moreover, Ahmed delivered lectures crossing all continents, and successfully debated with key figures among Christian evangelists.

Ahmed's understanding of comparative religion landed him in a debate with the late Pope John Paul II. Ahmed's boldness in defending what he believed was the truth created a refusal of entry into France and Nigeria on the basis that he would cause civil unrest.

Deedat once received a personal phone call from former president Nelson Mandela, congratulating Ahmed Deedat for his celebrity status in the Muslim world. The prestigious King Faisal Award was given to Ahmed in 1986 for his services to Islamic propagation.

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