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”, ( اظهار الحق ) “Statement of Truth”, 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 3 part question that can only be answered with trust in God’s Sovereignty (why didn’t God save Hossein, from the Sunnis that killed him at Karbala. (The Sunni vs. Shiite wars) Hossein is the son of Ali, and grandson of Muhammad, and if Muhammad is in heaven with God (Allah), why didn’t God save him? But the Muslim debater was very clever in his answer. (Since He did not save His own Son Jesus from crucifixion and death, how can He save Hossein?)
But God had a purpose in sending His Son to die on the cross. And remember, Jesus came voluntarily to give His life and die for the sins of people from all nations. (John 10:18; Revelation 5:9; 7:9) 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)