Bin Laden: SMS to Durban family

2011-05-09 00:00

CONTROVERSIAL Durban-based Islamic propagandist Yousouf Deedat was one of the Bin Laden family friends who received an SMS from one of Osama bin Laden’s brothers informing his family of the Al-Qaeda leader’s death.

Deedat is the son of Ahmed Deedat, who founded the Islamic Propagation Centre International, and who was regarded as an extremist.

Deedat senior died in 2005.

In the text message, which the Sunday Times facilitated Deedat to receive, Bin Laden’s brother spoke of his family’s sadness.

The the two families have reportedly enjoyed close ties since the late 1980s and the Bin Laden brother who sent the SMS to the Sunday Times had visited Ahmed Deedat in Durban’s Entabeni Hospital a week after he suffered a stroke in 1996.

Deedat said that to him, Osama Bin Laden was a “martyr”. — Witness Reporter


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