Deedat established the IPCI, an international Islamic missionary organisation, and wrote several widely distributed booklets on Islam and Christianity. He was awarded the King Faisal International Prize in for his fifty years of missionary work. He wrote and lectured in English. At the age of 9, Deedat left India to join his father in what is now known as Kwazulu-Natal. His mother died only a few months after his departure.

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Bill Chalmers commented: "I think it can be said from this discussion that there is, at present, somewhat more accommodation on the Islamic side for the founder of Christianity than there is on the Christian side for the founder of Islam.

What the significance of that is, we leave it to you, the viewer, to determine, but I do think you will agree that it is a good thing that we are talking together. He is a picture of what the Holy Quran portrays of a good Christian:.

And nearest among them in love to the believers wilt thou find those who say: 'We are Christians': because among these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world.

And they are not arrogant. Were the Muslims on the panel trying to placate the viewers out policy, deceit or diplomacy? Nothing of the kind! They were only articulating what God Almighty had commanded them to say in the Holy Quran. As Muslims, they had no choice. They had said in so many words: "We Muslims believe, that Jesus was one of the mightiest messengers of God that he was the Christ, that he was born miraculously without any male intervention which many modern-day Christians do not believe today , that he gave life to the dead by God's permission and that he healed those born blind and the lepers by god's permission.

In fact, no Muslim is a Muslim if he or she does not believe in Jesus! They might have not believed their ears. They must have surmised that the Muslims were playing to the gallery - that they were trying to curry favor with their fellow Christian countrymen; that if the Muslims would say a few good words about Jesus, then in reciprocation the Christians might say a few good words about Muhammed may the peace and the blessings of God be upon all His righteous servants, Moses, Jesus, Muhammed We cannot blame the Christians for their skepticism.

They have been so learned for centuries. They were trained to think the worst of the man Muhammed, salla Allah u alihi wa sallam , and his religion. How aptly did Thomas Carlyle say about his Christian brethren over a hundred and fifty years ago: "The lies which well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man Muhammed are disgraceful to ourselves only.

We have not done anything substantial to remove the cobwebs. South Africa is an ocean of Christianity. If Libya boasts the highest percentage of Muslims on the continent of Africa, then the Republic of South Africa would also be entitled to boast the highest percentage of Christians.

In this ocean of Christianity the R. We are a voteless minority - numerically, we count for nothing; politically, we count for nothing; and economically, one white man, as Oppenheimer, could buy out the whole lot of us, lock, stock and barrel.

So if we had feigned to appease, we might be excused. But no! We must proclaim our Master's Will; we must declare the Truth, whether we liked it or not. In the words of Jesus: "Seek ye the truth, and the truth shall set you free" John The Christian does not know that the true spirit of charity which the Muslim displays, always, towards Jesus and his mother Mary spring from the fountainhead of his faith - the Holy Quran. He does not know that the Muslim does not take the holy name of Jesus, in his own language, without saying Eesa, alaihi assalam "Jesus, peace be upon him".

The Christian does not know that in the Holy Quran Jesus is mentioned twenty five times. For example:. Though Jesus is mentioned by name in twenty-five places in the Holy Quran, he is also addressed with respect as: Ibn Maryam , meaning "The son of Mary"; and as the Maseeh in Hebrew it is the Messiah , which is translated as "Christ". He is spoken of as "The Word of God", as "The Spirit of God", as a "Sign of God", and numerous other epithets of honor spread over fifteen different chapters.

The Holy Quran honors this mighty messenger of God, and the Muslims have not fallen short over the past fourteen hundred years in doing the same. There is not a single disparaging remark in the entire Quran to which even the most jaundiced among the Christians can take exception.

The Holy Quran refers to Jesus as Eesa , and this name is used more times than any other title, because this was his "Christian" name. Neither the "J" nor the second "s" in the name Jesus is to be found in the original tongue - they are not found in the Semitic languages. The word is very simply "E S A U" a very common Jewish name, used more than sixty times in the very first booklet alone of the Bible, in the part called "Genesis".

There was at least one "Jesus" sitting on the "bench" at the trial of Jesus before the Sanhedrin. Josephus the Jewish historian mentions some twenty five Jesus' in his "Book of Antiquities". These are distinct from Jesus the son of Mary. Transforming "Esau" to J esu s - Jesus - makes it unique. This unique? Among the Jews, because it came to be a name of ill - repute, the name of one who blasphemed in Jewry; and among the Christians because it came to be the proper name of their God.

The Muslim will not hesitate to name his son Eesa because it is an honored name, the name of a righteous servant of the Lord. The birth of Jesus Christ is described in two places of the Quran - chapter 3 and chapter Reading from the beginning of his birth, we come across the story of Mary, and the esteemed position which she occupies in the House of Islam, before the actual annunciation of the birth of Jesus is given:.

God hath chosen thee and purified thee, and chosen thee above the women of all nations" The verse continues:. Worship thy Lord devoutly: prostrate thyself, and bow down in prayer with those who bow down.

What is the source of this beautiful and sublime recitation which, in its original Arabic, moves men to ecstasy and tears? The story is that the maternal grandmother of Jesus, Hannah, had hitherto been barren. She poured out her heart to God: If only God will grant her a child, she would surely dedicate such a child for the service of God in the temple. God granted her prayer and Mary was born. Hannah was disappointed.

She was yearning for a son, but instead she delivered a daughter; and in no way is the female like the male, for what she had in mind. What was she to do?

She had made a vow to God. She waited for Mary to be big enough to fend for herself. When the time came, Hannah took her darling daughter to the temple, to hand over for temple services.

Every priest wanted to be the god-father of this child. They cast lots with arrows for her - like the tossing of the coin - head or tail? This was the story. But where did Muhammed, salla Allah u alihi wa sallam , get this knowledge from? He was an Ummi , Arabic for "unlettered". He did not low how to read or write. He is made by God Almighty to answer this very question in the verse above, by saying that it was all by divine inspiration.

He copied his revelations from the Jews and Christians. He plagiarized it. He forged it. Knowing full-well, and believing as we do, that the whole Quran is the veritable Word of God, we will nevertheless agree, for the sake of argument, with the enemies of Muhammed, salla Allah u alihi wa sallam , for a moment, that he wrote it. We can now expect some cooperation from the unbelievers.

Ask him: "Have you any qualms in agreeing that Muhammed was an Arab? In that case there is no sense in pursuing any discussion. Cut short the talk. Close the book! With the man of reason, we proceed. He was addressing his own people, the Arabs. Whether they agreed with him or not, he told them in the most sublime form, words that were seared into the hearts and minds of his listeners that Mary the mother of Jesus, a Jewess , was chosen above the women of all nations.

Not his own mother, nor his wife nor his daughter, nor any other Arab woman, but a Jewess! Can one explain this?

Because to everyone his own mother or wife, or daughters would come before other women. Why would the prophet of Islam honor a woman from his opposition! Just as they still look down upon their Arab brethren today.

They say that they are the children of Abraham through Sarah his legitimate wife; that their Arab brethren have descended through Hagar, a "bondwoman", and that as such, the Arabs are an inferior breed. Will anyone please explain the anomaly as to why Muhammed, salla Allah u alihi wa sallam , if he is the author, chose this Jewess for such high honor?

The answer is simple, he had no choice he had no right to speak of his own desire. Out of the 66 books of the Protestants and 73 of the Roman Catholics, not one is named after Mary or her son. You will find books named after Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, Paul and two score more obscure names, but not a single one is that of Mary!

If Muhammed, salla Allah u alihi wa sallam , was the author of the Holy Quran, then he would not have failed to include in it with Mary, the mother of Jesus, his own mother Aamina, his dear wife Khadija, or his beloved daughter Fatima. But No! This can never be. The Quran is not his handiwork!. Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a word from him: his name will be Jesus, the son of Mary; held in honor in this world and the hereafter; and of the company of those nearest to Allah.

Compare this with "And Jesus sat on the right hand of God. The bulk of Christendom has misunderstood this verse as well as many others in the Bible. They imagine the Father God sitting on a throne, a glorified chair, and His Son, Jesus, sitting on His right hand side.

Can you conjure up the picture? If you do, you have strayed from the true knowledge of God. He is no old Father Christmas.


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