Ahmed Deedat explains why he started his own Islamic Da’wa (Invitation) – his work of debating Christians and inviting people to Islam.
Deedat recounts the author of the book, Izharul Haqq, noted that Arabs, Indians, and Persian Muslims in India (before creation of Pakistan and Bangla Desh), in the late 1800s, after missionaries began to learn Muslim languages such as Persian and Urdu (the language of Pakistan), Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, and Arabic, noted:
“Since they started learning our language, and challenging us in our mother tongue, the Muslims were forced to accept the challenge.” “that is when we knew we had to respond.”
This demonstrates the power of learning another language in missions, in order to communicate the truth in such a way that the other culture actually really understands what we are saying.
Deedat found a book, the “Izhar Al Haqq” or “Izharul Haqq” (Statement or Manifestation of the Truth or The Truth Revealed), which was a Muslim response to the Christian book, “Mizan Al Haqq” (The Balance of Truth), which was written in several Muslim languages, originally in Persian/Farsi, with quotes from Persian Sufi poets and from the Qur’an to prove their points.
One problem is that he attributes the motives of missionaries to political motives. “to get the Muslims to turn the other cheek”. (so they would not revolt against their British masters, the colonialists)
No; that was not the motivation of the missionaries! That is the Islamic understanding of motives for their religion – it is political domination. Muslims tend to see things through that perspective of their own and interpret the motives of others as that, usually.
The joke that Ahmed Deedat recounted was indeed funny! Of course the mistake was that the missionary asked a question that can only be answered with trust in God’s Sovereignty, but the Muslim debater was very clever in his answer. It works both ways – but God had a purpose in sending His Son to die on the cross. The Muslim interprets this as a weakness on God’s part, and rejects the possibility of it; but the true God has made His truth and power known through the weakness of the cross. “The message of the cross is the power and the wisdom of God” ( 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5)