Oh, Dr Jamal Badawi is a very fine gentleman, a genius and a great friend of mine for more than 20 years now. In 1987-88, I translated one of his English audio albums into an Urdu audio album which sold more than 100,000 copies in North America with proceeds going to his IIF & ISNA.
Yes, he used to be a hard-boiled N2I. We often talk about Islam, and after carefully reading my CRIMINALS OF ISLAM and a few other books, he has softened up his stance and has been leaning more toward the glorious Book.
He flies so frequently for lectures and debates that I call him a "doctor on wings".