The Islamic Propagation Centre International (IPCI) was founded in 1957 by the Late Shaikh Ahmed Deedat.
- He had dedicated more than 40 years of his life presenting Islam, mainly to non-Muslims across the world.
- He had published over 20 books and distributed millions of copies of these free of charge.
- He had delivered thousands of lectures all over the world and successfully engaged some of the world’s leading Christian Evangelists in public debates.
- Several thousand people have come into the fold of Islam through Allah’s Grace and as a result of these efforts.
- In a fitting tribute to this achievement, he was awarded the King Faisal International award in 1986, a prestigious recognition of the value of his Dawah efforts in the world of Islam.
As you are probably aware, that on the 8th of August 2005 / 2 Rajab 1426, Sheikh Ahmed Deedat passed on to meet his Creator. This was after succumbing to a severe stroke that left him paralyzed for more than nine years.
Objectives of IPCI
Empower and strengthen communities through the promotion of moral values and principles.
Build bridges across faiths for greater understanding and social cohesion.
Present Islam in its pristine and original form to people of all faiths.
Core activities of IPCI
The IPCI has been actively engaged in a multitude of programmes, some of which are the following :
In line with its objective of building bridges across faith groups, the IPCI host regular programmes in a diverse set of communities across South and Southern Africa. These programmes typically involve the following activities:-
a) Public outreach programmes in Town Halls.
b) Dialogue with church groups (local and international)
c) Hosting Christian students at Muslim homes (e.g. University of Whitworth, US)
IPCI conducts a range of formal and non-formal educational programmes aimed at different groups of people. The main objective of these programmes is empowerment of individuals through skills and competencies – rather than using ‘welfare handouts’ as a basis for social outreach.
The following activities are key activities of the IPCI Learning Academy:
a) Comparative Religion classes
b) School tours & seminars
c) Mosque tours (local and foreign groups)
Social concern for moral regeneration of communities
As part of its regular community outreach programmes, IPCI’s programmes are geared to encourage a culture of safe and healthy living through the promotion of moral values and good conduct. Through its public lectures and publications, issues of social ills and its solutions form the mainstay of the messages to general public.
Projects & initiatives to enhance projection of Islam
Perhaps IPCI’s most notable activity since its inception (1957) has been the global dissemination of its CD’s, publications and DVDs aimed at presenting Islam to a global audience and encouraging dialogue between diverse faith groups. Tens of thousands of copies of its publications are distributed annually to people in virtually every part of the globe.
Most recently, IPCI has also introduced a new state-of-the-art Islamic Exhibition Centre that enhances the management of Dawah activities at its headquarters in Durban, South Africa.
IPCI has a 50 year history and solid track record in respect of organizational structure, governance international footprint and reputational risk. Importantly, this history and track records indicates sustainable operations, prudent management, firmness of vision and consistency of purpose.
From the very broad overview of IPCI’s activities above, it can be seen that IPCI is playing a crucial role in building bridges across various faith groups in South Africa and beyond. It is also niche role that requires specialist organizational competencies which IPCI has developed over the last 50 years of its operations.