Claiming that his statements were doctored and tampered out of context, controversial televangelist Zakir Naik on Friday said he unequivocally condemned all terrorist activities. Naik is facing multiple probes over alleged provocative speeches.
The Islamic preacher dismissed as “misinformation” that he had ever advocated suicide bombings, saying he has always condemned such acts since innocent people get killed and that is “anti-Islam”.
“However, it (suicide attacks) may be used as a tactic of war to save the country. In all other circumstances where innocents are targeted, it is condemnable,” Naik told the media via Skype from Saudi Arabia.
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” makes a woman more susceptible to rape. In 2010, he was denied a visa to the United Kingdom where he was scheduled to attend a seminar.