Zakir Naik, the controversial Islamist who is alleged to have influenced one of the attackers in Dhaka, is seen exposed, in these video, by religious scholars. Naik, who is in Mecca now reacted to the news that the Dhaka attackers were inspired by his speeches.
In the first video, an intelligent pastor explains about “contradictions in holy book, The Koran”. Zakir Naik was seen answering to some questions, asked by a spectator, regarding ‘the contradiction’, which the pastor claimed to be false by reading out verses from the holy book.
As the founder of the Islamic Research Foundation he has been propagating the Wahabi Islamism and Salfism.
He was quoted as saying, “The largest percentage of my Facebook followers are from Bangladesh. 90 per cent of Bangladeshis would know me, including senior politicians, philanthropists, common men, students and more. 50 per cent would be my fans. Am I shocked that the attackers knew me? No.”
“Such a person would be a hardcore fan of Prophet Muhammad. Does that mean Prophet Muhammad told him to kill people?” Naik asked, adding that the Quran explicitly states that when a person kills another, of any religion, “it is as though he has killed the whole of humanity”.
In the second video here, Naik finds it difficult to answer some complicated questions asked by a medical student, who claims to be an ex-Muslim, now an atheist. The student raised question regarding “Darwin’s Theory of Evolution”.
According to report, Rohan Imtiaz, the 22-year-old student from North South University, who before disappearing in January this year, according to media reports, had quoted Naik in a Facebook post where he “urged all Muslims to be terrorists”. He later went on to attack Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan 2 with five others.
His office say that he will be conducting a press conference once he returns from Mecca.
He has courted many controversies through his speeches and his comments be it on the status of women or about the terror attacks that is being carried out in the name Islam.
In this third video, Naik questions about Christianity. He said, ‘ If any christian can point out a single any unambiguous statement from anywhere in the bible where Jesus Christ says I am God, worship me, I am ready to accept christianity.” Watch video to that points to his ignorance.
Naik now claims to have 1.4 million followers in Facebook and 20 crore viewers on his evangelical Peace TV. The Dubai headquartered channel is not registered with India’s Information and Broadcasting ministry.
Naik courted many controversies for taking extreme views on religion, women’s status in society etc.
At the University of Melbourne in 2004, he argued that Islam is the only religion that offered women true equality, and went on to add that “revealing Western dress” make woman more susceptible to rape. In 2010 he was denied British visa where he was to attend a seminar.
In this fourth video, Karachi born- Canadian writer Tarek Fatah lambasted Zakir Naik. He said, ” anti-muslim feeling should come to a stop.” This is a must-watch video:
This is not the first time Zakir Naik finds himself in midst of a raging controversy. He has held lectures and debates around the world and often stirred people with his views and debates. In one of most cited debates , in April 2000, Naik debated with William Campbell in Chicago on the topic of “The Qur’an and the Bible: In the Light of Science”.
Naik has said that Muslims who convert from Islam should not necessarily receive death sentences, but that under Islamic rule those who leave Islam and then “propagate the non-Islamic faith and speak against Islam” should be put to death.
His views and statements on terrorism too has aroused many . The most startling is his take on Osama Bin Laden the prime accused in the 9/11 attack . On him he added that, “If bin Laden is fighting enemies of Islam, I am for him,” and that “if he is terrorizing America – the terrorist, biggest terrorist – I am with him. Every Muslim should be a terrorist. The thing is that if he is terrorizing the terrorist, he is following Islam. Whether he is or not, I don’t know, but you as Muslims know that, without checking up, laying allegations is also wrong.”
In 2010, Naik said that he had been quoted out of context regarding the remarks on terrorism. “As far as terrorist is concerned”, he said, “I tell the Muslims that every Muslim should be a terrorist…. What is the meaning of the word terrorist? Terrorist by definition means a person who terrorises.”
“So in this context every Muslim should be a terrorist to each and every anti-social element. I’m aware that terrorist is more commonly used for a person who terrorises innocent human beings. So in this context no Muslim should ever terrorise a single innocent human being.”
In a lecture delivered on 31 July 2008 on Peace TV, Naik commented on the 9/11 attacks “it is a blatant, open secret that this attack on the Twin Towers was done by George Bush himself”. A comment that would later attract much more controversy when he in a comment went on to declare that “even a fool will know” that the 9/11 attacks were “an inside job.”