The late Ahmed Deedat was for years one of the best-known Muslims in America. He debated numerous Christian apologists and evangelists and became famous as one of the earliest propagators of Islam in the modern West.
Now Yoel Natan has called my attention to a passing reference to Deedat in a New York Times piece on jihadist activity in South Africa. Deedat and his foundation, according to the Times, were funded by the bin Laden family, and Deedat himself was an anti-Semite and supporter of Osama.
In Durban, the Islamic Propagation Center International has long been financed by the bin Laden family in Saudi Arabia, and its founder, Ahmed Deedat, who is now dead, was a vocal anti-Semite and ardent backer of Osama bin Laden.
It’s interesting that Osama was, by funding Deedat, aiding in dawah — which is, of course, the precursor to jihad.