Zakir Naik, a globally-recognised Islamist scholar based in Mumbai stated a controversial statement on Tuesday after his probe revealed his ideology inspired by Rohit Imtiaz, one of the culprits of the late dread strike in Dhaka.
His name has been connected with to the charged Hyderabad module of Isis that was ruined by the National Investigation Agency.
The charged module's head Mohammad Ibrahim Yazdani told the NIA amid his cross examination that his slant towards rough outfits attempting to build up Shariah law was additionally as a result of Naik, Economic times said.
This has prompted calls for banning his sermons as well as capturing Naik for motivating terrorists. Naik is as of now persona non grata in a few nations, including Britain, where his entrance was banned in 2010 by home secretary Theresa May, the present front runner for the executive's post since David Cameron's resignation.
According to Gatestone Institute, an international non-profit think-tank, many terrorists have been inspired by Naik as he is directly involved in terrorism, the following known terrorists have been inspired by his preaching:
Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan-American arrested last year for planning suicide attacks on the New York subway.
Rahil Sheikh, accused of involvement in a series of train bombings in Mumbai in 2006 and Kafeel Ahmed, the Bengaluru man fatally injured in a failed suicide attack on Glasgow airport.
A fatwa was issued by Darul Uloom Deoband against him and Uloom quarreled that Naik was misguiding Muslims and spreading mischievous things. Deobandi scholars called his lectures a fitna (rebellion) and labelled him an agent of Ghair Muqallideen.
Naik, Islamist Scholar, used to give his lectures on ‘machine-gun’ in English, wearing a suit, tie, skull cap and the preacher’s beard. He even emphasize on religious texts of several religions and argues Islam’s predominance over everything.
Earlier, Rohan Imtiaz shared, “every Muslim should be a terrorist, clarifying that to terrorise means to scare others” on his Facebook page.
“Naik is a smart salesman for Islam who combines modern tools — the English language, suit, tie, TV, technology — to disseminate his doctrine. His penchant for getting into televised debates with people of other religions, whom he loves to outwit and silence, endears him to Muslims who go home with a sense of religious supremacy,” people said.
“He brings Islam to the living room of his followers and presents it as the only ideology that can save the world. Some of his arguments are valid, some childish and a few outlandish. The mullahs hate him for his combination of salesmanship and popularity and youth love him for giving their religion the aura of superiority. But, I won’t call him dangerous,” says a journalist who runs a blog on Islamic preachings.
Naik's reported controversial statements have ruffled many feathers in the country:
- Naik says Islam is superior to all other faiths. Non-Muslims should not be allowed to have places of religious worship in an Islamic country.
- Muslims have the right to have sex with their female slaves.
- Sania Mirza should dress modestly while playing. No Indian politician would like to send his daughter to play beach volleyball even if it becomes an international sport.
- Girls shouldn't be sent to schools where they lose their virginity by the time they pass out. Schools should be shut down. They should not be allowed to wear gold ornaments.
- In the West, they are selling their daughters and mothers in the name of women's liberation.
- Wife-beating in the Muslim world is not necessarily a bad thing. Naik says the use of condom during sex is akin to killing a human being.
- Death by stoning or lapidation for having sex outside marriage is acceptable according to Sharia law.
- Based on teachings of the Qur'an and Sunnah, Naik says homosexuals should be killed.
- Suicide attacks advised by clerics is not bad. He refuses to condemn Osama bin Laden and claims that 9/11 was an inside job.
- The Islamic scholar says Muslim should seek help only from Allah and no one else, not even the Prophet – a belief which supports the Sunni view. Islamic State has used this particular understanding to justify violence against Sufis, Shias and Ahmadis.