Monday, December 9, 2013

No exemption from turmoil | Shaykh Ahmed Deedat's Biography


Alhamdulillah wa shukrulillah we were able to witness the launching of Ahmed Deedat's Biography in KL on the 3rd of December 2013. 

Just holding the book in my palms, I could sense the richness of its contents and the fierceness of the man's resolve in spreading Islam.

Eager to share these profound words found on page 17 of Ahmed Deedat - The Man and His Mission:
"In the Quran, there's an ayah [verse] where Allah says that the believer should ask for no exemption from turmoil. The Prophets went through it. If you want to do Allah's work, there is no exemption. And He says He will give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere and who say when they are afflicted with calamity verily 'we belong to Allah and to Him we return'. So this is His, and He gives it and He takes it. I am reconciled with that."

I am yet to read the book. Yet to read the chapter called 'The Indelible Thumbprint'. The quotation above appears on the front page of the said chapter. Yet, one can guess he said those strong words of encouragement to himself, in reference to his illness. And of course, a da'ie like him would speak not except to remind his listeners the words and lessons from the Quran.

We can only imagine how he must have felt when he was bedridden for almost a decade long. But surely Allah rewards him during those "quiet" years just as much as He must have rewarded Deedat for the 30/40 years when his speech was simply unstoppable. 

The event was organized by Islamic Propagation Society International of Penang Malaysia (IPSI) - an organization spearheaded by Brother Kamarudin Abdullah, a revert, who felt both challenged and inspired when he met Ahmed Deedat in Penang 22 years ago. The master da'ie gave him a book called 'What the Bible Says About Muhammad' and said: "If you read this book and you don't share it with your family, friends and neighbors, you are useless!"

That challenge eventually resulted in the establishment of IPSI - almost like a "mirror site" of the master's own Islamic Propagation Centre International (IPCI) based in South Africa.

Al-Fatihah to one soldier of Islam whose deeds were so widespread and whose name remains engraved in the hearts and minds of so many people worldwide - Shaykh Ahmed Hoosen Deedat (1918 - 2005).

Hope you would also buy the biography and read and share and not be useless!

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