Monday, 28 September 2009

Ahmed Deedat's Debate With American Soldiers

Ahmed Deedat was a South African Muslim scholar who passed away in 2005. I was researching about him and came across this interesting video. It's a video where he debates with the American soldiers of the First Gulf War in Saudi Arabia and has 11 parts in total.

One of the things that was interesting was his way of talking which I believe is very important in dawah. It is very important to be polite and I also understand how easy it is to lose one's patience when something hurtful is said about one's religion or about oneself. Which is all the more why I really appreciate and respect those who manage to maintain patience and remain calm and continue the work of dawah. And if one reflects upon the word dawah which means "invitation (to Islam)" then one should understand naturally that the gesture of inviting someone should be filled with kindness, gentleness, and of brotherhood.

The second thing I truly appreciate about scholars like Ahmed Deedat and Dr. Zakir Naik is that they have not simply studied the Quran but also other religious scriptures. It is easier to invite others to Islam when you understand their religion and them better.

InshaAllah, we can take examples from such Muslims in our community and aim to be better Muslims.


Quest said...

Deedat was an inspiration to me when I first attended one of his talks in North America. I was young, still raw and green at my self-knowledge, kind of at the stage where i let things happen to me as opposed to making things happen, and one of them was being dragged to this talk by parents. I was young, and I'm glad they dragged me on.

:-) great post...


Nasreen said...

MashaAllah! It's great that you got to see him in person. I've only just recently started watching his videos and it's inspiring. I hope to be half as good as him in giving dawah. InshaAllah!