Ahmed Deedat-5 Shocking Facts You Need to Know
Ahmed Hoosen Deedat was born in the year 1918 and was a sincere defender of Islam against the Christian missionary onslaught against Islam during the 20th century and his zeal to defend Islam is in which may Allah(Swt) reward him for his sincerity. Ahmed Deedat was a great inspiration for many along with Zakir Naik to learn the scriptures of other religions and be better equipped to defend Islam but this does not mean that Ahmed Deedat is upon the true Aqeada of the Ahlus Sunnah. Ahmed Deedat only focused on learning the bible and the Torah than the teachings of Islam and this was a great disadvantage for him when defending Islam,the true religion and showed a lot of arrogance to accept the truth when confronted as evident from his speeches and videos. Sheikh Naseeruddin Al-Albani(Rah) said the following about Ahmed Deedat.
"We truly hope that Shaikh Ahmed is on the Salafi methodology of old, who believe in Allaah and worship Him as He truly ought to be worshipped. But we need to always remember [generally] that just because a person believes in the presence of a creator of this universe this does not mean that he has become a believer. Two fundamental conditions must be met: The first: that he bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah. The second: that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah.
The first condition, that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah does not only mean that the Creator of the universe is One, because it is possible that faith and disbelief come together in one person, faith and disbelief may come together in one person. The one who says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah,’ [then] naturally this saying has prerequisites, these prerequisites being connected to these two testimonies.
So if we were to picture a person who bears witness that, ‘None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah,’ but [at the same time] he says that the Quraan is deficient … if we were to picture a person who bears witness that, ‘None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah,’ but [at the same time] he says that the Quraan is deficient, then the testimony of Laa ilaaha illallaah has not benefitted this person, because it is like honey poured on to something bitter, ruining it."
(Mawsoo’atul-Allaamah, al-Imaam, Mujaddidil-Asr, Muhammad Naasirid-Deen al-Albaani, of Shaikh Shady Noaman, vol.2, pp. 59-64)
In this statement of Sheikh Albani,he was not aware of Ahmed Deedat's aqeada and hoped that he was in the aqeada of the Salaf. But, a thorough has proved that Ahmed Deedat possessed a deviant Barelwi Sufi aqeada which comprises of BIdah and Shirk.
1. Ahmed Deedat was a Sufi blind follower
Ahmed Deedat was blind follower of the deviated Sufi Barelwi sect. This is proven when he quotes and praises the Barelwi, Moaulana Abdul Hallem Sidduiqi. This is what he said,
"The seeds of this booklet, "AL-QUR'AN - The Miracle
of Miracles," was probably sown by the Roving Ambassador of Islam, the silvertongued orator - Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddiqui. I was only a schoolboy when he visited South Africa on a lecture tour in 1934. Among his many erudite speeches, I heard him talk on "Cultivation of Science by the Muslims." Subsequently, a booklet under the same title was published by the World Federation of Islamic Missions, Karachi, Pakistan, which brings back the earlier joy and thrill of the discourse I heard in my teens. In memory of that great servant of Islam, I reproduce here, for posterity, a few words of
what the Maulana had to say on the relationship between the Holy Qur'an and the branches of scientific knowledge."
(Ahmed Deedat-Al-Quran – The Miracle of Miracles Page-20)
You might be wondering who Abdul Hamid Sidduiqi is in the first place. Abdul Hamid Sidduiqi is a student of Ahmed Reza Khan Barelwi,the founder of the deviant Barelwi Sufi sect. Ahmed Deedat was ignorant about Tawheed amnd this if he had known the true aqeada, he wouldn't have praised people like Abdul Hamid Siqquiqi. Ahmed Deedat, no wonder he praises prophet(Sal) like the Christians praised the Jesus(P.B.U.H). Praising the prophets or Saints is a deviant methodology of the Sufi's. Praising prophet(Sal) was forbidden by him.
Ahmed Deedat praises Prophet(Sal) saying that prophet(Sal) is the most praiseworthy whereas Allah is the most praiseworthy.He says,
"Muhummed the praiseworthy, on whom all praise is due"(Ahmed Deedat-Muhummed the Natural Successor to Christ-Page-2)
The prophet(Sal) said,
“Do not exaggerate my praises as the Christians have done with the son of Mary. Verily, I am only a servant, so refer to me as the servant of Allah and his messenger.”
Ahmed Deedat was so ignorant in Islam, He believed in celebrating the birthday of the prophet(Sal) which is an innovation. Meelad, is an innovation that is practiced by the Sufi's and other deviated sects and this is what Ahmed Deedat said,
“I received a phone call from the Muslim community in Dannhauser, a small
town in Northern Natal, who were organizing a birthday celebration of the holy
Prophet. They invited me to give a lecture ON THAT AUSPICIOUS OCCASION.
SO I DEEMED IT AN HONOUR AND A PRIVELEGE. I READILY AGREED.”
(Ahmed Deedat-Muhammad the Greatest-Page-1)
In another book he wrote he again said,
“I was invited to the transval to deliver a talk on the occasion of the Birthday
celebration of the Holy Prophet Muhummed”.
(Ahmed Deedat-What the bible says about Muhammad-Page-2)
Ahmed Deedat fell in to an argument with a young boy with regards to celebrating the birthday of the messenger of Allah(Sal). The complete argument is as follows,
"You are great my son. You say, when I said that"happy Christmas" "happy new year" that doesn't mean...What is Christmas? (He asks the boy) the boy answers,
" It is pagan" Ahmed Deedat then again insists and asks again "what is Christmas mean?". Ahmed Deedat then answers,
"It means, the brith of Christ' then Ahmed Deedat continues,
"The brith of our Nabi we celebrate don;t we? he asks the boy then the boy answers,
"No. we don't celebrate"
Ahmed Deedat,"Mawlood" he asks
The boy answers"It is bidah,Neighter did the prophet Muhammad nor the companions celebrate"
Ahmed Deedat arrogantly turns his face and says "There are millions of Muslims, including myself, I don't mind having a birthday celebration of the prophet(Sal). You say "bidah',I say OK my son, I am not going to argue with you. I don't want to convert you, I don't want you to convert me" The boy then says,
"But,Quran and Sunnah will judge between us" then, Ahmed Deedat closes his eyes arrogantly and tells him, "Leave it to Allah"
You can view the full video by Going to this link-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW3sjQGV1U0
The prophet(Sal) said,
"The truest word is the Book of Allah and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad. The most evil matters are those that are newly invented, for every newly invented matter is an innovation. Every innovation is misguidance, and every misguidance is in the Hellfire.”
(Sunan-Nasai-Graded Sahih by Albani)
Ahmed Deedat only cared to learn the Bible and was a total layman in Islam. His ignorance and arrogance made him very elementary when it came to knowing Islam.
2. Ahmed Deedat is ignorant in the teachings of Islam
Ahmed Deedat was a layman and he was only knowledgeful in the bible and he seldom mentioned any hadith to prove a point. Ahmed Deedat's ignorance of aqeada is apparent for anyone who reads his books. With regards to the Jews, this is what Ahmed Deedat said,
"Muslims Closest to Jews
"In His Theology, His Ancestry and in Cultural Values, the
Muslim Is the Closest to the Jew. the Jew Believes That God
Almighty Is Absolutely Unique! God Is Not Seen at Anytime! No
Man Can See God and Live! and the Muslim Agrees
Wholeheartedly with the Jew; Saying “We Believe as You
Believe.” the Jew Says: “Do Not Eat the Flesh of the Swine!” the
Muslim Says “We Will Not Eat It.” the Jew Says: “Don’t Eat
Blood!” the Muslim Agrees with That and Will Not Touch It
Either. the Jews Says “ Circumcision!” the Muslim Says, “We Are
All Circumcised.” What More Do You Want?”
(Ahmed Deedat-Arabs and Isreal war or peace-Page-70)
Ahmed Deedat in his ignorance says that the Jews are the closes to the Muslims. This is what Allah(Swt) says about the Jews on their enmity.
'Verily, you will find the strongest among men in enmity to the believers (Muslims) the Jews and those who are Al-Mushrikun"
If only Ahmed Deedat had studied the Quran and Islam, he wouldn't have said such things.
Ahmed Deedat didn't even know what was Salat and was just praying based on what was thought by the four madhhabs. Salat is the most important, and praying according to how are prophet(Sal) is an obligation but this man was bathing in his ignorance and this is what he said about Salat,
"We South Africans are very polished and very refined in our Salat The Arabs are no match to us,the Iranians,the bilalians(he refers to the black converts in America) are no match to us.Once I was praying with the Arabs and when we were in the sujood a guy came and he pushed to get some space9the audience started laughing). We don't know whether what he did was right or wrong on these technicalities of salat. I don;t know whether you know , between the four madhhabs of the sunni,hanafi,shafi,maliki and hanbali, there are more than two hundred differences in salaat alone"
( Youtube-taken from a third party channel titled-Ahmed Deedat- On Iran A Nation Reborn Link-https://youtu.be/dBrhhE8fLV0?t=2931-48:51)
3. Ahmed Deedat defends the Shia
"They want to clean the stables and make preparations for the Mahdi to come. In the Sunni world we are also waiting for the Mahdi to come but we want him to clean the stables for us, make us masters of the world and to make us sit on the thrones. The Sunni world is just passively waiting. Until then we can carry on with all our petty little squabbles… While we, the Sunni world are waiting for Imam Mahdi to pull the chestnut out of the fire for us, the Shias are preparing the world for his arrival.”
“And I found types and types and types of sick people, a mental sickness that is. I came across an alim from Pakistan Mauna Sahib and he thought that there was
something wrong with our Shia brothers… You know it's a sickness. There are many learned men but their minds are so prejudiced. They are just looking for
“When it comes to the Shafei, Hanbali, Hanafi and Maliki we are tolerant but
when it comes to the Shia you see he is not in the formula that we are taught as a child, so what ever little idiosyncrasies there exists between us and them we cant tolerate and reject we say that he is out because we are programmed to believe in only the four. But we accept the idiosyncrasies between the four. I say why cant you accept the Shia brothers as a fifth madhab. And the astonishing thing is that
he is telling you that he wants to be one with you. He is not talking about being
Shia. He is shouting "there is no Sunni nor Shia there is one thing, Islam." But we say to them "no you are different you are Shia." This attitude is a sickness of the devil… This Sunni-Shia tensions is the work of the devil to divide us.“
“Whereas our Arab brethren again and again you quote them the Quran and they
try to contradict you with the Quran. They are Arabs, they are supposed to know
the Quran better than us, but the Iranians seem to be on the wavelength of the
Quran. Everything he is doing everything he is thinking about is the Quran.”
“This is not an Iranian revolution but that this is an Islamic revolution. It's a
revolution for Islam…”
(Youtube-taken from a third party channel titled-Ahmed Deedat- On Iran A Nation Reborn Link-https://youtu.be/dBrhhE8fLV0?t=2512-41:53)
Ahmed Deedat in this same speech said the following defending the deviant Shia.
"Our brothers(Referring to the Sunnis) are telling that the Shia people when they make salaat. You know, they have a piece of clay which they do Sujood. Now they ask that they are doing Shirk by worshipping a piece of clay. so. I told him "Why don't you go and ask them" why do they use a piece of clay and what is the logic behind this. You know, the first time I experienced this was in Washington DC. The Iranian students invited my to give a talk for them and it was Isha time the boys and girls who were studying and we made salaat and ofcourse everyone was given a piece of clay tablet and I put it aside and made my salah . I wanted to know more about this I asked them, "why do you carry this?". The logic of this clay is,we are supposed to do sujood on Allah's earth we say going down with the forehead touching the ground when we are touching the earth, we say this. What we are touching according to the Shia is not earth, it is the carpet it is man made so, he wants to be true to his expression that he must touch the earth. what earth! it is the earth from karbala. Now, this is the logic and he is not worshipping a thing. Now, this is a thing many make fun of the Shia. On my way to tehran in the plane, There were a couple of Shia and one of them took out from his pocket a handkerchief and he opened it on the flat where people have meals. So, he opened the handkercheif and there was a clay tablet and he said' Allah hu Akbar" and he went on rukuh and then sujood on to the clay. Now, he performed the salah. You see we see our brothers make salah in the masjid. Similarly, this brother was doing this by sitting. Now, when he finished, he gave it to his neighbour and he did the same. Of course for us this is a big joke. But there were a dozen of sunnis but oly one young man made the salah in the plane. We are laughing at them but they are doing better than us(he refers that their salah is better than us)"
(Youtube-taken from a third party channel titled-Ahmed Deedat- On Iran A Nation Reborn Linkhttps://youtu.be/dBrhhE8fLV0?t=2723-45:23)
This is the truth of Ahmed Deedat who defended the Shis who are the real killers of Hussain(Rali) and the Shia sect which is full of Shirk and Kufr. These Shia heretics show their hypocrisy by bringing a piece of clay from Karbala to do Sujood where as they are the real killers.This clay is known as Tuurbah and has engravings such as Fathimah Zhrah and so forth. Deedat due to his ignorance and arrogance to accept the truth was defending the Shia Bidah,Dhirk and Kufr. Further,Ahmed Deedat is arguing to accept the Shia he says the following,
"He is not talking about Shiaism anymore. He is shouting "La sunni la shia(No sunni no shia) "wahda,wahda islamiya there is only one thimg and that is,Islam but we say"you are shia".This is the sickness of the devil. It is shaytaniyyat. Imagine we the sunni world are 90% of the Muslims. They are less than 10% and now that 10% wants to become partners with you and you 90% are terrified. I cannot understand why you should be terrified. They should be terrified at us....Now the feeling they have for you. You know going to the Jummah prayers there are amillion people there and about half a million are women and children. You passing by and they just looking at you they recognize you from your attire that you are a foreigner and you are not one of them and tear atrt rolling down their cheeks just by looking at you"
(Youtube-taken from a third party channel titled-Ahmed Deedat- On Iran A Nation Reborn-https://youtu.be/dBrhhE8fLV0?t=3048-50:48)
Ahmed Deedat's ignorance is unquestionable and above that his support for the Shia is shocking. All of these stories he has told with regards to the Shia wich he saw the on the plane of they crying by just looking at us are just his personal anecdotes and observations and he is basing his arguments on assumptions. There are many reasons people could cry and the Shia are famous for crying. In the month of Ahshoora and then in Karbala, these people not only cry they wip themselves all for the reason that they have forgotten that it was their ancestors who killed Hussain (Rali).
4. Ahmed Deedat defends and praises Khomeini the Kafir
Ayatollah Khomeini is a Kafir who reviled the companions of the prophet(Sal). Khomeini was among the worst of the Shia and was a total enemy of Islam. Scholars like Sheikh Naseeruddin al Albani and Sheikh bin Baz declared Khomeini a Kafir. Ahmed Deedat after so much Kufr and Shirk was uttered by Khomeini defended and praised him. This is what Deedat said,
“We went to visit the Imam, Ayatollah Ruhollah Musawi Khomeini… He
delivered the Lecture to us for about half an hour, and it was nothing but the
Quran, the man is like a computerized Quran. And the electric effect he had on
everybody, his charisma, was amazing . You just look at the man and tears come
down your cheek. You just look at him and you get tears. I never saw a more
handsome old man in my life, no picture, no video, no TV could do justice to this
man, the handsomest old man I ever saw in my life was this man.”
“But they are waiting for the Mahdi, and not Khomeini. They want to clean the
stables and make preparations for the Mahdi to come........
“This is not an Iranian revolution but that this is an Islamic revolution. It's a
revolution for Islam…”
(Youtube-taken from a third party channel titled-Ahmed Deedat- On Iran A Nation Reborn-Link-https://youtu.be/dBrhhE8fLV0?t=2122-(Startinf from 35:23))
When a man is ignorant, he will start believing in is ignorance and that is what we can see from Ahmed Deedat. Ahmed Deedat was praising a Kafir and an enemy of Islam,Khomeini and calling that the revolution in Iran was an Islamic revolution. First of all there is no such thing as a revolution and Khomeini's ideology is that of the communist revolutionaries. Ahmed Deedats's aqeada is clear with his own statement in praising Khomeini.
Now, this is what Khomaini the kafir actually said,
Khomeini said that the wives of the prophet(Sal) are impure than a dog or pig
"As for the other groups of the Nawasib, actually the Khawarij, even though they’ll get the more punished then the Kuffar, yet this is not proving them to be Najis (impure). Hence if a Sultan makes Khurooj (opposes/fights) Amir Al-Mu’minin – ‘alaihis-salam – not for religious reason, rather for worldly reason (seeking power) or other motives like Aaisha, Zubair, Talha, Mu’aawiya and their likes, or if someone holds Nasb/enmity towards him or one of the [twelve] Imams (ع), not due to religious reason rather because of his enmity towards the Quraish, or Bani Hashim or the Arabs or because [Ali] killed one of his children or his father etc. Apparently none of those are necessarily considered Najis (impure) from an apparent point of view, although in fact they are more impure than dogs and pigs.'
(Kitab Al Tahara of Ayatollah Khomeini – Vol. 3- page-457)
Khomeini says that the Iranian people are better than the companions of the prophet(Sal)
"I Claim with confidence that the Iranian people and this crowd of millions in this era are better than the people of Hijaz in the era of Prophet Mohammad PBUH, (and better than) the people of Kufah in Iraq during the days of Ameer Ali PBUH and Hussein bin Ali PBUH ...And the people of Iraq and Kufah have mistreated and wronged Ameer Ali PBUH and they have disobeyed him and he complained much from them as recorded in hadiths and history books, And the Muslims of Kufah and Iraq have done what they did to Imam Hussein PBUH the Master of martyrs, those who did not commit the crime of killing him either ran away from battle or watched until the crime was done."
(Al Wasiyah al Ilahiyah al Siyasiyah-Imam Khomeini-Page-27)
Khomeini says that the Imam are greater than the prophets and even the atoms towards them
“To prove that government and authority belong to the Imām (‘a) is not to imply that the Imām (‘a) has no spiritual status. The Imām (‘a) does indeed possess certain spiritual dimensions that are unconnected with their function as a ruler. The spiritual status of the Imām (‘a) is a universal divine viceregency that is sometimes mentioned by the Imāms (‘a). It is a viceregency pertaining to the whole of creation, by virtue of which all the atoms in the universe humble themselves before the holder of authority. It is one of the essential beliefs of our Shī‘i school that no one can attain the spiritual status of the Imāms, not even the cherubim or the prophets. In fact, according to the traditions that have been handed down to us, the Most Noble Messenger and the Imāms (‘a) existed before the creation of the world in the form of lights situated beneath the divine throne; they were superior to other men even in the sperm from which they grow and in their physical composition. Their exalted station is limited only by the divine will, as indicated by the saying of Jibrā’īl (‘a) recorded in the traditions on the mi‘rāj: “Were I to draw closer by as much as the breadth of a finger, surely I would burn.” The Prophet (s) himself said: “We have states with God that are beyond the reach of the cherubim and the prophets.”
(Ayatollah Khomeini- “Al Hukuma al Islamiyah” – Manshourat al Maktabah al Islamiya al Kubrah – Page 52)
Khomeini says that the word "Rabb" in the Quran means "Imam"
Allah said in the Quran,
"It is Allah who erected the heavens without pillars that you [can] see; then He established Himself above the Throne and made subject the sun and the moon, each running for a specified term. He arranges [each] matter; He details the signs that you may, of the meeting with your Lord (Rabb), be certain.
In this verse in the Quran the word "Rabb" obviously refers to Allah(Swt) but Khomeini twisted the true meaning and said the following,
"Allah had said : “He doth regulate all affairs, explaining the signs in detail, that ye may believe with certainty in the meeting with your Lord.” This means your Lord who is the IMAM so look at the wisdom and perfection of Allah’s words"
(Misbah al hidayah Ila al khilafah wal Wilyah, Imam Khomeini,-Sayyed Ahmad al fahri,-Al Wafa’a beirut Lebanon,-Page-145)
This is the shirk and kufr of Khomeini and Ahmed Deedat exposed his ignorance and foolishness by praising and supporting Khomeini and the Shia.
5. Ahmed Deedat's Aqeada is dangerous
After reading this article so far,you would have come to know about Ahmed Deedat's aqeada. His aqeada is Barelwi Sufi,and he supports the Rafidah.Ahmed Deedat promoted Rashad Khalifah's number 19 argument which is a Bidah that was started by Khalifah who was a Quranist and later claiming he was a messenger. Ahmed Deedat due to his lack of knowledge in Islam did not know from who to take knowledge. Ahmed Deedat made this argument famous in his booklet "Quran the ultimate miracle" and he uses some verses in the Quran to give a deviated interpretation. one example is the 74th chapter in the Quran which says,
"Over it are nineteen"
Ahmed Deedat comes up with a dubious guessing.He says ,
"But did you know that the first five verses of the very frist revelation(96:1-5) have just 19words? that is 19X1. How this this happen? "Coincidence" again? those 19 words consist of exactly 76 words,which is a multiple of 19,i.e. 19X4 .How did this happen?"Coincidence." This 96th Chapter! if we start counting backwards from the last chapter 114, to 113 and 112 and 111 and so on ,we find when we reach this chapter96, that it is the 19th chapter from the end.How did it happen that the chapter with 19 verses is interlocked in the 19th poition from the end? "Coincidence" is the only available reply".
(Quran the ultimate miracle-Ahmed Deedat-Page-30-31)
The real meaning of this verse are the guardians of hell. the following verse after this explains this.
"And We have set none but angels as guardians of the Fire. And We have fixed their number only as a trial for the disbelievers"
Ahmed Deedat by believing in such far-fetched interpretations of the Sufi's, Quranists, and Shia, had deviated from the true path of Islam. Allah(Swt) says in the Quran,
"He it is Who has sent down to thee the Book: In it are verses basic or fundamental (of established meaning); they are the foundation of the Book: others are allegorical. But those in whose hearts is perversity follow the part thereof that is hidden, seeking discord, and searching for its hidden meanings, but no one knows its hidden meanings except Allah. And those who are firmly grounded in knowledge say: "We believe in the Book; the whole of it is from our Lord:" and none will grasp the Message except men of understanding. View more verses"
Ahmed Deedat unknowingly had in a way made crude statements on the prophets of Islam. There are some examples below,
“It was most unfortunate that Jesus Christ (pbuh) had no real
choice in selecting his disciples. They let him down as no
other group of devotees had ever let down their prophet
before.” (Ahmed Deedayt-Muhummed the natural successor to christ-page-39).
“If Jesus were a japanese instead of being a jew, he would
have of most assuredly committed honourable “hari-kiri”
(suicide) rather than endure the fickleness and infidelity of
his followers”. (Ahmed Deedat-Crucifixion or Cruci-fiction?-Pages-23-24)
“He stoops down to the level of little children to make things
plain to his disciples but he is compelled to burst out in
(Ahmed Deedat-Muhummed, the Natural Successor to Christ page 36)
“Moses (pbuh) was beginning to get bored with his rustic
exisence. For a man who had grown up with royalty in the midst of the hustle
and bustle of the city, he was getting restless. He wanted a change and
asked for permission to become independent from his in laws.
(Ahmed Deedat-Al-Qur’an-The Miracle of Miracles page-39)
It is from these evidence about Ahmed Deedat that makes his aqeda dangerous because he is still respected and blindly followed by Muslims across the world and even will go to the extent of defending him. Ahmed Deedat fought the Christians missionaries with zeal using the knowledge he gained by studying the bible but he was a very ignorant man in Islam and his ignorance and arrogancs led im to a deviated path of quoting and praising extreme innovators and deviants.