| Renowned Islamic apologist/terror inspiring Zakar Naik investigated for possibly inspiring Bangladesh jihad terrorists
| Friday, July 08, 2016
|Zakar Naik travels the world debating non-Muslims, and many converts to
Islam have claimed that it was his stellar performances in these debates
that convinced them of the truth of Islam.
I myself would love to
debate him, but in light of this story, it may have to be in a prison
cell. It is interesting that a person so renowned worldwide for his
comprehensive knowledge of Islam would even be accused of complicity in
jihad terror strikes. But no Western authorities are likely to ponder
the implications of that.
“Zakir Naik, Mumbai Cleric, Now Anchors Multiple Controversies,” NDTV, July 7, 2016:
New Delhi: Days after 20 hostages were killed in a cafe
in Dhaka, the Maharashtra government has begun an inquiry against
controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik, who has been accused of inspiring,
through his speeches, the weekend’s deadly attack in Bangladesh in
which 20 hostages were hacked to death. Bangladesh has said that Dr Naik, whose sermons on television and
online draw large audiences across the world, inspired two of the seven
young terrorists that opened fire on Friday night in a Dhaka cafe.
Security increased at Muslim preacher Zakir Naik’s Mumbai office. Dr Naik, 50, has been on a religious trip to Mecca since Bangladesh
was seared by the weekend’s attack. In videos made available through his
office in Mumbai, where the police has now stationed constables, the
evangelist says he is “not shocked” that the Dhaka terrorists had cited
him on social media in recent posts.
“More than 90 per cent Bangladeshis
know me, more than 50 per cent are my fans,” he says in English,
stressing, “Every fan of mine may not follow everything I say.” In the
WhatsApp-ed video, he says, “I disagree that I inspired this act of
killing innocent people”. The televangelist, who pairs suits with a skullcap in his broadcasts,
has been banned from entering the UK and Canada for incendiary remarks
that have a defence of Osama Bin Laden. He has claimed that his speeches
are often doctored to distort his comments.
Trained as a medical doctor, the radical preacher has won hefty
awards in countries like Saudi Arabia where he has been honoured for his
“contribution to Islam”. His supporters say he cannot be accused of
urging terror strikes, though he forcefully defends his religion and
ultra conservative tenets. His satellite TV channel, Peace TV, is banned
in India, though it is aired by some cable TV operators.
Research Foundation, based in Mumbai, is described on its website as a
charitable organization committed to ” the proper presentation,
understanding and appreciation of Islam, as well as removing
misconceptions about Islam – amongst less aware Muslims and
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 10:13 AM