Zakir Naik, 50, a televangelist based in Mumbai, delivers speeches on his TV Channel named Peace TV. Though the TV channel is banned in India, it is illegally made available by some cable TV operators. Zakir Naik encourages people to follow Islam logically. He discourages Terrorism.
Recently a bomb blast took place in Madina, but people hardly talked about it. It is not the Muslims who do it, but those who want to put the blame on Islam. Zakir Naik never encourages non-Muslims to accept Islam without answering their questions. If his questions don’t satisfy them, he leaves them to be.
Zakir Naik Totally Disagreed
The preacher and televangelist from Dongri, who connects with his young followers in English unlike the paan-chewing mullahs, can at best be booked for hate speech. But, here lies the danger Naik poses to India, including its 160 million-strong Muslim population. Naik thrives in the minds of thousand of young-terrorist aspirants, seeding the Taliban philosophy. That, certainly, is deadlier for a secular society than the threat a ‘terrorist’ poses.
Dr Naik, however, had released a statement, saying he “totally disagreed” that he inspired the act of killing innocent people in Dhaka. “There is not a single talk of mine where I encouraged one to kill another, whether Muslim or non-Muslim,” he said.
Zakir Naik Didn’t Inspire Dhaka Attack
In WhatsApp videos sent from Mecca and distributed through his Islamic Research Foundation in Mumbai, Dr Naik has said that though he is wildly popular in Bangladesh – “more than 90 per cent Bangladeshis know me, more than 50 per cent are my fans,” he said – he cannot be blamed for the attack. “I disagree that I inspired this act of killing innocent people,” he said.
Celebrities, including Adnan Sami, Hansal Mehta and Ali Zafar on Tuesday, condemned the blasts which took place near mosques in the holy Saudi city of Medina and in Qatif.
A suicide bomber blew himself up beside the security headquarters in Prophet Mohammed’s mosque in the Saudi city of Medina on Monday, local media reported. A second blast took place, also on Monday, near a mosque in the Shia city of Qatif in the eastern part of the country, Xinhua cited Al Arabiya local news as saying.