Ahmed Deedat and Anis Shorrosh: Examples of How God Judges and How God Honors

Anish Shorrosh

Good Friday and Easter Sunday are fast approaching. Islamic apologists across the world will seize this opportunity to mock and ridicule the cross of Jesus- where power and wisdom of God is displayed. At this time, we want to gently and lovingly remind them about how the wrath of the only true living God came upon Ahmed Deedat, the man who spoke against the God of the Bible and  who can be rightly called as father of modern Islamic apologetics. We also want to remind them how God vindicated His servant Anis Shorrosh. We hope these incidents will lead our Muslim friends to repentance at the feet of Jesus. Sakshi Research Team.



Ahmed Deedat: An Example of the Wrath of God on those who oppose the Gospel  

 

Be Not Deceived; God is not Mocked; For whatsoever a man Soweth, that shall he  also reap Galatians 6: 7 (The Holy Bible)

 

Ahmed Deedat needs no introduction to those who follow the debates between Christians and Muslims. Therefore we are not going to spend time on that.

 

 In 25 November 1993, after Mr. Deedat wrote his “Combat Kit”, Pastor David Foster wrote a letter which was personally delivered to Ahmed Deedat.  

 

Pastor David Foster wrote:

 

 You have ridiculed the fact that the Bible contains instructions "to eat shit and drink piss" (see 3 g in Combat Kit). You should realise that it is beneath the dignity of true scholarly research to criticize any literature, much less to smear the Holy Bible, on the basis of mere appearances without giving due consideration to the context. In Combat Kit you have ignored the fact that the disputed biblical statement, which you claim to be "absurd", is not God's instruction but is spoken by a godless commander of the Assyrian army who was besieging the city of Jerusalem. As the siege progressed the Assyrians tried to demoralize the Israelites by taunting them, saying they would eventually become so starved that they would eat their own excrement and drink their own urine (see 2 Kings 18:27 & Isaiah 36:27). 

 

(Full text of the letter is available in http://www.answering-islam.org/Responses/Deedat/combatkit_letter.htm) 

 

However, like the Pharaoh of Egypt, Deedat hardened his heart and ignored the gentle reminders. He continued to hurl insults against the True Living God.

 

 As a result, under the authority that God Jesus has given to the Church “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” Matthew 16:19, many pastors from various denominations in Durban (where Deedat’s organization is headquarted), came together and published an advertisement on the Daily News, a major newspaper in Durban.

 

It read:

 

“For the reasons stated above, prayerfully and humbly, we now rebuke you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for your stubborn persistence in this matter. We are compelled to warn you that unless you repent of your mockery, you will draw upon yourself the judgment of God in due course.This rebuke is motivated, not out of any sense of animosity, but from our fear of God and our Christian love for you. We pray that you will turn to God in repentance and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. We pray this prayer in the name of that same Jesus who died upon the cross for you and rose from the dead that you may enter eternal life with Him.Since your attacks against the Bible have been made public, it pains us that this rebuke also has to be made public.”

 

(The complete text of the letter can be read on http://www.answering-islam.org/Responses/Deedat/open_letter.htm )

 

However, Deedat still continued his vicious speeches against the Holy God. After an “Easter speech” against the Jesus as recorded in the Holy Bible in 1996, the LORD GOD Almighty struck Deedat- he lost his ability to speak and had a stroke and  was bedridden ever after.

 

This is what the official website of Ahmed Deedat says:

 

 It was a sad day for us, particularly at the IPCI, when Sheikh Ahmed Deedat suffered a stroke, and lost his speech, his most potent gift that he used so effectively in his debates to propagate Islam.Sheikh Deedat fell ill in 1996, shortly after his trip to Australia, which was a momentous tour. He gave one of his most passionate talks in front of a capacity crowd in Sydney, on the theme Easter: A Muslim viewpoint.This was his last lecture before he suffered a stroke, and he has been bedridden since then.(Source: http://www.ipci.co.za/founder.asp)

 

Deedat continued to be bedridden. He had many chances to repent. Christian pastors visited him and urged to seek forgiveness for his blasphemies. But Deedat would not. Almost after 10 years on 8 August 2005, Deedat died without repenting.  

 

Here it must be pointed out that we are not making an issue out of human misery. But it is too striking to ignore the sequence of these events as coincidence. Therefore we are compelled to conclude that it is the judgment of the only True Living God that fell upon Deedat.   

 

 Anis Shorrosh: How God Jesus honors His servants who will stand for Him 

 

In the life of Ahmed Deedat, one of the historic debates was with the Arab Christian Anis Shorrosh on the topic ‘Quran or the Bible: Which is the Word of God’.  

 

Anis Shorrosh effectively and cogently refuted the claim that Quran is the word of God and proving that Bible is the word of God. 

 

However, at the beginning of the presentation and at the end of the presentation, Deedat challenged Anis Shorrosh to produce a Sura (chapter) like that of Quran which is the challenge of Quran itself.  

 

And if ye are in doubt as to what We have revealed from time to time to Our servant, then produce a Sura like thereunto; and call your witnesses or helpers (If there are any) besides God, if your (doubts) are true. (2:23) 

 

Then Deedat went on to challenge Anis Shorrosh that ‘you are an Arab. Arabic is your mother tongue. So produce a Sura like this’. Deedat went on to say that ‘you will never, never, never be able to produce a Sura like this.  Deedat repeated the challenge at the beginning and at the end of his presentation.  

 

The only true living God Jesus heard this insult and made Anis Shorrosh an instrument to bring forth not just one Sura but an entire book like that of Quran- The True Furqan. In fact, it is more readable and intelligible than the Islamic Quran.

 

India government banned this book saying that it will confuse Muslims between Quran and the True Furqan. ( So what happened to the challenge of Allah of the Quran?)   

 

True Furqan speaks about the Triune God, incarnation of Jesus, salvation through cross and refutes the Islamic apologetics in the same poetical language of Quran – in Arabic and in English. True Furqan was written by a Saudi Arabian Poet- a secret Christian. He handed over the book to Anis Shorrosh. Anis Shorrosh translated that to English and published the book.  Glory to God Jesus who judges those who oppose the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Crucified and vindicates His servants. 

 

 So, this Good Friday and Easter, we humbly request our Muslim friends to restrain from opposing the Gospel of Jesus and repent and accept Jesus as LORD and Savior.

 

The Lord responded;"Far be it from Me; For those who honor Me; I will honor,  and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed (1 Samuel 2;30).

 

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29 Responses

  1. Thank you very much for this article, it gives the encouragement that how our Lord Jesus Christ is working in these areas.

    There is one correction need to be done, in David Foster Wrote you gave two references, one of the reference is wrong. The right reference is Isaiah 36:12.

    Thank you very much.

  2. One of the conference room in Ahmed Deedat’s office was named as Bin Laden Conference Hall which they renamed post 9/11. Birds of the same feather flock together.

  3. Answering Isalm site says that Deedat allowed Christians to pray for him two weeks before his death. Yet he died unrepenting.

  4. Hello everyone, Muslims or Christians or people belonging to any faith. I feel sympathetic towards the person who wrote this article and wonder how ignorant he is of the truth and facts. Quoting the example of a person (ahmed deedat) who has been struck by a stroke which happens to be quite common aspect in a person who is 85 years of age, is so pathetic. Why dont you point out several christian missionaries who died worst death than him? how about remembering thomas Baker, who was evangelist for more than 30 years, he was killed brutaly and eaten by human tribe! or how about others? These are arguments are the most pathetic i have seen. These deaths, whether its ahmed deedat or thomas baker or anybody else, these are natural diseases that God strikes a person with and tests his patience and faith. Also to top that, showing just one side of the coin is unfair. Why don’t you reveal about the said debate between anis shorrosh and ahmed deedat where annis shorrosh couldn’t answer a single question raised by ahmed deedat?? And the site that you have quoted above (aka answering-Islam) is full of lies and deception. You want to check answers to it?? well then check out the full refute to that site here http://www.answering-christianity.com/ac.htm

    If you talk about God, be truthful and stop being blind. Hope we all are guided by God. And you know what, i am sure this message posted by me will be removed from here by the admin, because he wouldnt want people to know the other side of coin!

  5. Hi Everyone, I think there is enough reasons to accept the argument of this article. A martyr (in this case missionary) sometimes dies in more difficult situtation than a criminal. The question is how do we determine whether Ahmed Deedat’s death is of a criminal or not. First, this article cites a constitution- The Holy Bible. Second- It cites authorized people by the constitution- Pastors. Third- this article cites authorized people passing an issue according to thier constitution and foretelling the result of thier verdict if thier constitution is correct- supernatural punishment. Fourth, we Ahmed Deedat after preaching against the cross suffering the punishment. Logical sequence of these events if you calculate it with probablity will tell you that this is a divine punishment. That is different from people dying because of evil men killing them. I have seen Ahmed Deedat’s and Anis Shorrosh debate. Anish Shorrosh had answered most of the questions of Ahmed Deedat whereas Ahmed Deedat did not answer it. And for your kind information- Ahmed Deedat stopped writing for five months his regular newsletter immediately after the debate. Was it because of the shock of defeat? You decide. Again Ahmed Deedat’s arguments were shallow as it says just because Bible records truthfully incidents like Samson and the prostitute, Bible approves it. It is the Allah of the Quran who approved Muhammad’s adultery with his adopted son’s daughter. Then to fulfill the adulterous heart of Muhammad, Allah sends a revelation. Zaid divorces his wife and gives her as Muhammad’s wife. Read it Surah 33. Similar is the story of child wife Aiysha whom Muhammad married when she was just six and when he was 52. The difference between the Holy Bible and Quran is- The Bible records these incidents to condemn it and quran records it to promote it. Now coming to Answering Islam- just to cite one example – Answering Islam answered 101 so called contradictions of the Bible by Shabir Ally without leaving a single one. Answering Christianity tried to answer 101 contradcitions of Quran less than 10 and pretendeted as if it answered everything. Moreover, anyone can check answering Islam, a christian site (especially check the articles by Bro. Sam Shamoun) and you can verify all the sources (hadiths and the Quran) online itself. There is not a single quote which is a lie there. Then check the Answering Christianity, a Islam site you will see the world of difference. Further, Muslims have the habit of denying everything when they are exposed. If you take the Bible and apply to Allah and Muhammad and show that Allah is diabolical spirit, then they will say Bible is corrupted (by the way you can see 28 different Qurans in Answering Islam). If you take Sahih Hadiths and quote Muhammad’s absues, they will say Hadiths (which are the sayings of the companions of Muhammad) as lies and forgeries. Any evidence you take against Muhammad, they will deny the evidence without even evaluating it. Muhammad, Muslims claim was an illterate and they say he is a pattern for them. Muslims, open your eyes and see the truth and do not continue in the pattern of Illteracy.

  6. Ahmed Deedat was born on July 1, 1918. Suffered stroke on May 3, 1996. Can anyone tell me how much is 96-18. Is it 85?

  7. I am an avid of fan of Shakshi times and have read many of the articles posted. But, for the first time I am pained at the tone of this article. We are called to share the truth of the scriptures and even defend and expose in a gentle and respectful way. But, to point out that the death of Deedat as a judgement of God is not for us to say. It is for each of us to decide for ourselves. I would humbly request Sakshi (WITNESS) to keep the spirit of Christ and keep debating on the issues of truth. This kind of mud slinging, I beleive will not help the cause of Christ.

    Also,in one of the responses I saw a statement such as “Muslims have the habit of denying everything when they are exposed”. Let us not stereotype Muslims. Perhaps there are some who deny everything,(but not everyone- some are gentlemanly scholars) but let us be mindful of the language we use. Let us not use universal language such as “Muslims.”

    With all good wishes,

    A Sakshi Fan.

  8. Hi, Sakshi, I fully agree with ‘A Sakshi Fan’. Yes, the very purpose of our calling out is to proclaim the Gospel of Christ in a systematic and pleasing manner, not as you did in this article. Be careful and tak care while we converse or debate with each other. God bless all your endeavours. Prayer and love A S Fan#2

  9. Hi fellow fans, I guess you are feeling a bit sympathetic towards Ahmed Deedat. There is nothing wrong in that. I am not sure if you have read any of the scathing, unreasonable and illogical attacks he made on Christianity. In comparison to those, this article sounds like a kindergarden rhyme.I guess Sakshi needs to present the full picture before they attack something. Unless every one understand how malicious the opponent is, they can not appreciate the spirit behind making our stand with few strong words.

    Beign a Christian does not mean we will sound sweet and sugary to everyone. Jesus is the best example. We all know what words he reserved for those that were living lives of falsity, thinking that they are serving God. If we are trying to please that God, we also will not act phoney when we need to act tough, even if it means that the end of the toughness could be cross.

  10. Oh! very nice of you follow the path of Jesus Christ. Go ahead. Take care.

  11. Hi Fan #2, the sarcasm in your comments made me feel somewhere that you might not be a Christian. Without being a Christian so sweet of you to send me such generous wishes. Thanks so much.

  12. HA HA HA HA… DEEDATH GET ILL AND DIED BECAUSE OF QUESTIONING THE FALSE RELEGION LIKE CHRISTIANITY ?

    THIS IS GREAT JOKE….TRY TO ANSWER HIS QUESTIONS, AND TRY TO FIND THE TRUTH.

    GO AND SEE DEBATE ANIS SORROSH Vs DEEDAT, ALL VIDEO CLIPS AVAILABLE IN YOU TUBE. YOU CAN SEE SORROSH SHIVERING IN FRONT OF DEEDAT.

    ALLAHU AKABR!!!

    • Seems like a “wolf in sheep clothing”, trying to soften the blow and save face of Muslims from a very credible and to the point riposte to the allegations of Muslim aplogetics like Zakir Naik, Imran, MM Akbar etc.

  13. Please go to Answering Islam and visit Polemics Rebuttal and view the section on Ahmed Deedat. Do let us know if any questions are unanswered. At least one. You can also see Dr. Zakir and others being answered. Do let us know if ANY, at least one question is unanswered. And about the debate, we have seen how Mr. Deedat faired and how he stopped writing for five months itself. Have a good day

  14. Go watch every single debate of Deedat the proves ll be infront of you how he pawned all Christians debators.

    and recenlty Anis Saroshs has been jailed :)

    Its funny no one able to refute deedat in his life time and u ppl talk after he died.

    plz visit http://Www.answering-Christianity.com

    and I hope you have seen Not only deedat debates but debates of Zakir naik, Shabir Ally and jama badwai and Brother Imran do.

    Talking on net is very easy but no one able to refute these ppl in debates :)

    • SAN has been inviting the likes of Zakir Naik for a debate at every opportune time, with out any kind of response from their end.

  15. Xia, on the other hand, any irreverent fool can brag about anything he wants, particularly when he feels convinced that he is doing a service to God by takling like that. Responding on net is more difficult because there your but-kicking tactics wont work. There you will have to face facts in black and white and have to respond to them in black and white. There is no scope for ill humor on net.

    As someone challenged your kin, why dont you prove your point by getting atleast ONE point from answering-christianity site, that is not answered by answering-islam?

  16. its some thing like,till the lion is alive no fox dares to even breath around it,after its natural death if fox starts saying that it died coz of divine’s curse.how does that sound..,isn’t it cheap.when Mr.deedat was speaking on the occasion of easter in sydney, did u notice the condition of the crowd.forget abt those things, he spoke abt the 3 days and 3 nights and what we see in bible.

    try to answer him then every thing else

  17. Anis claims he is from hometown of Jesus (pbuh)and preached gospel in 82 different countries! filled with holy spirit got busted for trying to put dozens life in daphne in DANGER! what happened? did holy spirit deserted him? or is ti what people FILLED with holy spirit do? previously the other infamous evengelist jimmy swaggart got caught again and again with a PROSTITUTE and now this one! anyways these fake evangelists gets exposed time to time! Alhumdulillaah! (praise be to Allaah)

  18. Evangelists being fake does not mean that evangelism and its message can be fake. There arent many muslims caught in such acts as there is no concept of morality itself in Islam. You are free to deceive, marry as many as you want that may include a 9 year old kid or your friend’s wife (this is what the ‘prophet’ did). Only difference is in this case it is legalised. What are your comments on the divine brothel house with 72 virgins promised to human bombs?

  19. Not sure of the point that you are trying to make. But not everyone that brags without reason can be a lion. Using that logic, can you accept George Bush as a daring lion for what he is doing in Iraq today?

  20. I feel pity for you friend you don’t know difference between getting married legally and ending up with WHORES! anyways, I couldn’t control my humour that I have to learn morality from christianity, where priests caught everyday sodemizing boys in churches!!! christian countries filled with promiscuity, lewdness and bible filled with incests and free sex Lol! what a pity! some e.g. from ur UNholy Bible: God Assists Rape and Plunder (Zechariah 14:1-2 NAB),Sex Slaves (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)

    Rape and the Spoils of War (Judges 5:30 NAB)

    Rape of Female Captives (Deuteronomy 21:10-14 NAB)

    Genesis 19:8 Tells of a man named Lot who offers his daughters to a crowd of would be angel rapers. Later, Lot impregnates his own daughters after God kills his wife for simply looking back at the remains of her city.

    Exodus 21:3-4 Says that if a male slave is given a wife by his master (regardless of how long they are wed, how much they love each other or if they have kids) he can not leave servanthood with his wife or children. The woman and children are merely property of the master and their personal happiness or sanctity of family doesn’t matter.

    Exodus 21:7 God not only sanctions selling ones daughter into slavery, but he also gives out laws on how it should be done.

    Exodus 21:10 God ordains men taking several wives and even sets up laws as to how multiple wives should be handled.

    just tip of the iceberg, read your scriptures seriously LOL!!!

    • Well there is nothing like transparency in the religion of Islam nor tolerance for any thing critical of the same.

  21. Exodus 21: 7-11 says if someone likes his slave girl, he should marry her. Of course, I never knew marriage is equal to sex slaves (maybe from an Islamic viewpoint. However, let us read what Quran says

    Surah 70:22-30

    “Not so the worshippers, who are steadfast in prayer, who set aside a due portion of their wealth for the beggar and for the deprived, who truly believe in the Day of Reckoning and dread the punishment of their Lord (for none is secure from the punishment of their Lord); who restrain their carnal desire (save with their wives and their slave girls, for these are lawful to them: he that lusts after other than these is a transgressor…”

    Note a Muslim can have sex with a slave without marrying her. But the Holy Bible says you should marry her. In Fact, Muhammad the pattern of Muslims raped many slaves and promoted raping unlike any leader in the world.

    Surah 23:5,6

    “…who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave girls, for these are lawful to them…”

    How to rape a slave girl- Experienced Muhammad’s guide:

    SAHIH BUKHARI – VOLUME 9, #506:

    Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri that during the battle with Bani Al-Mustaliq they (Muslims) captured some females and intended to have sexual relations with them without impregnating them. So they asked the prophet about coitus interruptus. The prophet said, “It is better that you should not do it, for Allah has written whom He is going to create till the Day of Resurrection”.

    Qaza’a said, “I heard Abu Said saying that the prophet said, “No soul is ordained to be created but Allah will create it.””

    The difference between Lot and Muhammad is “lot is not a pattern for Christians. But Muhammad is the pattern for Muslims.

    There is further reason why Muslims though can understand that Bible simply records the events without endrosing it brings that as an accusation.

    A Muslim mind cannot think anything except sex because that is what the Allah promised them. They dream about thier paradise and this is how thier paradise looks:

    In each there shall be virgins chaste and fair. … Dark eyed virgins sheltered in their tents whom neither man nor jinnee would have touched before. They shall recline on green cushions and fine carpets. … The Beneficent Surah 55:70-77

  22. DEEDAT died due to a normal cause, What about ANIS, he is behind bars in USA for burning all his document that he evaded for TAX. All black money , now he is in JAIL. Poor Christians

  23. Without context you might claim anything. But in the context you will find the answer.
    Islam is the only religion that teaches perfectly about the human rights. Not only human but even lower animals.
    i saw some videos of pathetic people trying to insult Islam and Quran….they are so pathetic and in misery that i was never expecting especially from Christians…..
    it is time to repent for Allah shall give chance to everyone until the person dies….may Allah bless us all with faith and truth shall prevail.

  24. And to the comment about wrath of God…..you have no idea…..this world is a test for here after….
    you would be unfortunate if in spit of all the information about Islam you Deny the very evident facts…
    Ahmed Deedat has departed and so telling lies about him would be an act of coward person…..
    here are scholars like Zakir Naik…why don’t you ppl arrange a debate with him…..

  25. Ahmed Deedat was a great Muslim and a great human being…who showed alot of people to the path of truth..,,,if you are unfortunate and couldn’t have a grasp of the matter don’t blame him.
    even a fool after watching the two debates can tell that Deedat won the debates and your anis sorosh made fool of himself….

  26. when a south african mr. ahmed deedat the so called islamic scholar the guru of dr, zakir naik another so called islamic scholar visited mumbai in 1987 for his lectures : I attended his four lectures at that time : in his first lecture at lala lajpatrai audotorium, mahalaxmi, he insulted the humanity in a very crude manner by saying that the bible is the most miserable book in the world, then at the question and answer session i wanted to reply that the quoran orders that whoever does not believe in the torah (five books of moshye), the zaboor (the book of daaviid),the ingeel(the gospels of yahshua hamashiach) and the prophets he is an infidel but i did not get an
    opportunity over there, so i attended his second lecture at patkar hall, churchgate, there he stated that the prophecy about islamic prophet’s coming is mentioned in the bible then i wanted to ask him over there that if he is proclaiming that the bible is the most miserable book in world in his first lecture and in his second lecture he stated that islamic prophet muhammed coming is mentioned then he is contradicting himself because
    according to his first lecture islamic people should not touch the bible because it is miserable book, as he says that. but i did get an opportunity finally at his third lecture near dr zakir naik’s residence i got an opportunity to question him that, why he declared that the bible is the most miserable book in the world then he tested me by saying where did he make such statement then i reminded him and finally he agreed but he did not apologize. At his fourth lecture in anjuman high school, bandra he was asked by a church elder to answer the quotation of yashua hamasiach
    saying which says ” i am the way the truth and the life, no man can come to the heavenly father but only through him, his face turned red with anger and fury because he had no answer for that double edged sword, the word
    of the heavenly father which became flesh and dwelt among us around 2000 years ago. ahmed deedat was paralysed in may 1996 and he was bedridden for more than 9 years, heavenly father gave him opportunity to repent but he was stiff necked and fanatic and you can all observe his video entitled “ahmed deedat’s horrible death” in the internet.

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