By Sanjay Khanna
Self proclaimed Islamic scholar and student of comparative religions Dr. Zakir Naik is a familiar name to Muslims and non Muslims alike, albeit for different reasons. While Muslims marvel at his “knowledge” and “wisdom”, others make good use of him for laughter therapy. Below are some of the grandiose statements made by this so called “scholar” and my unbiased attempt to dissect them. I do not know much about the Koran except for what I have read on this site and for this reason I chose to stick with the socio economic ideas of this man in an attempt to read his mind.
Dr. Naik – If two sisters were walking on the street, one in hijab and the other wearing a mini skirt, men would invariably eve tease the one wearing the skirt. So hijab protects the Muslim women from men and rape.
Reply – Don’t all countries have laws that protect women? It’s a different matter that laws in Islamic countries are heavily biased against women to the extent that they require more than one witness ( four in some countries) to prove a case against a man. In the civilized world of non Muslims, you cannot touch a woman even if she is in a bikini on the beach. This statement of Dr. Naik exposes the hypocrisy, double standards and status of women in Islamic countries. If you go by the way women are treated in Islamic societies, women there should be wearing the hijab to protect themselves from fellow Muslims!
Dr. Naik – The west talks of women’s liberation when in fact it exploits them. You find pictures of scantily dressed girls in ads to sell everything including cars.
Reply – True, but that in itself is a testimony to gender equality in the west. Nobody forces a girl to model and nobody has the right to object either. It is entirely up to the individual.
Dr. Naik – the western media exaggerates news of a 60 year old Arab marrying a 16 year old girl but plays it down when a 60 year old man in America rapes a 10 year old girl.
Reply – What exactly are you trying to compare here Dr. Naik? Rape is a crime and rape of a minor is a crime that is unpardonable and unacceptable in any civilized society. It is punishable under the law. But marriages like the one mentioned by our “scholar” is nothing but legally sanctioned rape of a minor. And this type of rape has the blessings of the Sharia in all Islamic countries. Let us also not forget that victims of this kind of rape are girls from poor families that are sexually exploited by rich Muslims in the garb of marriage and “helping” the family. I suppose Dr. Naik would call this Zakaat!
Dr. Naik – People in the west eat pork and hence behave like pigs. Pigs are the only animals in the world that invite their friends to have sex with their partners. Westerners also do the same.
Reply –Dr. Naik should know that barring a few species that mate for life all animals are promiscuous for the simple reason that their sole purpose is to procreate and not propagate Islam. And to think that this man claims the Koran to be scientific!
Dr. Naik – “I have given lectures in many parts of the world. Many big people come to hear me. Wherever I go, presidents, prime ministers want to meet me. They all tell me you are so knowledgeable and told us so many things that we didn’t know before. We wish you would come more often”
Reply – When he said – presidents and prime ministers – did he mean the president of Iraq? Prime minister of Malaysia? Sultan of Brunei? Are there non-Muslim nations also on that list? Whatever that is, this only proves that Dr. Naik is an attention seeker and the above statement is anything but scholarly. I have a feeling that this man has had a troubled childhood. He used to stammer and it is very possible that his peers in school and college poked fun at him. Girls would have avoided him altogether. Deprived of a regular social life, he may have become a bookworm which explains his ability to memorize verses from the Koran and other religious texts. It is a well known fact that people who are scorned by society find a way of hitting back with a vengeance and Dr. Naik has found a convenient tool in Islam. Add to it his failed medical practice and the reasons for his hatred towards society are not too hard to find.
Dr. Naik – Muslims should not work in banks as giving/ accepting interest is haraam in Islam.
Reply – How would you define interest? Isn’t a Muslim shopkeeper also earning interest on his investment? Is it haraam if banks do the same? Do gulf nations sell oil on a no profit basis? Don’t they earn interest on their investment? This is just one of the many absurdities in the Koran. Muhammad made taking of interest haraam to get rid of his debtors and Muslims blindly follow the same.
Dr. Naik – Muslims should not work in alcohol bars and airlines because they serve liquor.
Reply – With the high rate of illiteracy among Muslims, thanks to their madarassas, do they really have a choice when it comes to jobs? As far as airlines are concerned, I agree. Muslims cannot work in airlines, they are only allowed to hijack and bomb aircrafts!
Dr. Naik – Muslim girls can become gynecologists so that they will deal only with women but they should not take up other specialties as that will bring them into contact with men.
Reply – This is shocking coming from someone who claims to be a medical doctor himself. Does he think lady doctors have sex with patients in their consultation chambers? How much absurdity can these stupid, dumb Muslims really digest before they actually hit the loo?
Dr. Naik – Muslim girls can work provided they don’t mix with boys. There has to be a separate area for them. They can talk to men only if it’s official and necessary.
Reply – I can understand a highly qualified and proven individual making such demands from his employer but coming from illiterate Muslims, isn’t this worth a laugh? It’s like a driver in Florida asking his boss for an apartment on south beach with a car and an annual vacation in Switzerland as perks!!!
Dr. Naik – The education system in India should be changed. Many girls lose their virginity by the time they leave school.
Reply – This statement takes the cake. It’s a well known fact that school girls in Muslim countries are not safe and governments keep changing school uniforms to cover little girls to the extent that they don’t look like kids anymore but more like emperor penguins in the Antarctic. And all this to protect the little children from Muslim pedophiles who love kids as much as their holy prophet did. As far as the education system is concerned, Indian schools follow the British system and is rated as among the best in the world. Indian schools teach the basic tenets of all religions, unlike schools in the middle east and other Muslim countries where pages from text books that refer to other religions are torn off by the government. What impression would that create on the mind of a child? Dr. Zakir Naik has been educated in Christian and Hindu institutions in India. By attacking these religions now, he is simply doing what all Muslims do best – spit into the very hand that has fed you. It’s hardly surprising that Hindus in India do not trust Muslims at all and they never will.
After reading this I could forgive you for thinking that Dr. Zakir Naik may have been circumcised between the ears instead of the thighs. Muslims are the only community that can be taken for a ride by such psychopaths. There are a lot more absurdities that this man preaches like halal entertainment (Islamic cartoons and movies), Sharia etc but it is my belief that the above examples would be sufficient to discount the man and throw him into the nearest thrash bin.
Sanjay Khanna is a writer and climate-change journalist. He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor's degree in education.
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The answer does lie in
Considering the entire
world, there are 107 males born for every 100 females. By age 15 the number
becomes 105:100 because of a relatively higher mortality of male children.
Since the children go to heaven and the male child mortality rate is higher by
47% as compared with females, (overall mortality rate =5.7%), you simply
have 147 male children for every 100 female children in Heaven.
As far as adults go it
is mostly men who get killed in war. There are two sides in a war. Those on the
side of justice and those on the side of oppression. So roughly 50% of those
who get killed in war end up in heaven and the other 50% in hell. Without war,
the same men, if they had died a natural death, not more than 10% may have made
it to heaven. War therefore skews the proportion of males going to heaven
Every person born must
either go to heaven or hell. Since more males are born than females, all things
being equal, we should expect more men in both heaven as well as hell. The
factors discussed however, skews these numbers whereby the number of males
going to hell gets significantly reduced either because of higher infant
mortality or war.
The answer lies in
statistics although ZN is not savvy enough to give the correct analysis.
God is beyond space and time. God is omnipresent, but Zakir Naik says God is present only in jannat. yanabi.com/index.php?/topic/213132-dr-zakir-naik-denies-omnipresence-of-allah-almighty/
Soul has no BIRTH and no DEATH. So soul was present before we were born in previous life. Anyway Zakir naik agrees with hindus. outube.com/watch?v=s9MM3HJQxM0
Also Zakir naik says there is no need to concentrate anything while worshipping GOD. JUST mere lip service is enough
Sanjay Khanna & people who support his thoughts should have to know that Zakir Naik has no authority to speak about Islam from any respectable & true Islamic institution like Al-Azhar University in Cairo which has backing of majority of Muslims. Zakir Naik is a self-proclaimed scholar he is not representing the true & actual Islam at all in any sense, he is a troublemaker & not only causing to create misunderstandings & chaos about Islam in non-Muslim world but within Muslim societies also by idiotically giving statements same like Saudi/Wahabi/Salafi/Ahle Hadith/Deobandi so-called scholars against centuries old rituals & practices of Muslims practicing by majority of Muslims all over the world.
Quoting Zakir Naik & people like him to made the case against Islam in enmity is like smashing head in wall which results only burst ones head & can’t cause any damage to wall. If Sanjay Khanna really wants to achieve anything positive he should leave this hypocrisy towards Islam to shamelessly abandon every fact which goes in favour of Islam which is the main cause of present mayhem between religions & societies.
I wonder what is the agenda of New Age Islam & its editor that they published for what purpose such biased & unhealthy analysis of Sanjay Khanna.
I don’t know whether the said statements quoted from Katha Vachak Dr Zakir Nayak are true or false but the replies from someone who claimed to be educated from a western University does not provide appropriate answers. They should have been in proper context and scientific but this gentleman lacked in his write-up. He seems to have a premeditated agenda to reject Nayak’s prognosis.
I don’t want to go into these details; I am more concerned with comments from the readers who really don’t have any idea what New Age Islam stands for? It seriously states ‘Mapping an agenda for the twenty-first century’. I have seen whenever you publish such stuff which is against the stereotype mindset of Madrasa like Aligarh chap Kathmulla (no offence for the gems which Aligarh University has produced, particularly during the freedom struggle and early post independence period) English speaking Muslim intellectuals would ask for your head again and again. They would ask you to prove your intensions and provide credentials. Every time, you have to face the wrath of these religious goons in the name of noble believers which is definitely as old as the Islamic ideology. They will forget and forgive Sanghis/Nayaks but they will not forget to punish you and will target you personally, individually because you are trying to Map Islam for the Twenty-First Century which was never done before, who ever tried it (Ijtihad) were made silent.
No worries Sultan Shahin Saheb; Hats Off to your determination. They are manufactured with this in built chip so re-programming them is a Herculean task. No wonder that Al Qaida draws most support from these intellectuals only; they are not from the street; they come from good families, good institutions, mostly Engineers who studied science but science could not change their thought processes. Only a healthy, scientific thought process can pose a potential challenge to religious fundamentalism, be it green/black or Bhagwa. Carry on your stride; it’s important.
At least you have the courage to walk a forward step in this dark age, let those people remain in their crafted paradise who believes that you are a ‘Murtid’.
Dear Editor, someone has rightly said that this sanjay is an insignificant fellow and inshallah shall remain that way here and in the other innings.
More noteworthy is your readiness to publish such garbage which simply fails to meet any given criteria of debatable subject, in simple English this is called slandering.
You are definitely a bigger party to this cheap and venomous attack on Islam and its noble prophet s.a.w.
Let me remind you that millions of sanjay and sultan shahins have existed all along the history of Islam and no book of history seems to remember them.
For long I gave you benefit of doubt in the name of seeking guy just like many of us here but time and again you have proved that your intentions don't match your claims of seeking harmony, truth or Islam per se.
Sooner or later you shall get plenty of sponsors for your website because there are many pay masters who will throw a bone or something before desperately seeking, did i say journalists? it is a common occurrence that some spoiled kids end up auctioning their ancestral belongings and values it won’t make much difference if one more name is added to already long list of meer jafars of our times
(Will you censor this? eh!)
Just to let the people know, where Mr. Khanna has violated the law of the land. He has committed criminal defamation against Dr. Zakir Naik. He has also committed criminal offence by inciting communal hatred. Strangely, he thinks of himself as loyal to the land (nation). These are the standards of our nationalists.
While I am all for including a vast range of articles in NewAgeIslam, giving publicity to apostate, zionist or sanghi material makes no sense. Such material is based on hate and animus and and is designed to undermine rather than help our community. It annoys readers and makes them wonder about the motives of the editor. Apostates have plenty of websites of their own, which would never publish any article saying anything good about Islam.
In my view, the focus of this blog should be to promote liberal, progressive, moderate and reformist Islam, to affirm its compatibility with modernity, and to denounce intolerance, hate and violence. For giving breadth, it could also have articles that are more conservative or orthodox. By and large, the editor has succeeded in achieving these goals. We need breadth, but we also need a focus.
Dear Mr. Asif Khan,
I warned readers in this particular instance of the apparent bias of Sanjay Khanna in my note on the front page itself. This is something I don’t do in each such instance. So much is being said about Islam and Muslims, much of it biased, but all of it containing a grain of truth too. New Age Islam tries to give its readers a sample of this occasionally. Our readers are mature enough to judge for themselves and they do that. However, it is imperative in our view for us to apprise ourselves of what is going on in the minds of fellow-humans on the planet in regard to us Muslims and our religion Islam.
It is not enough to curse Islamophobia; we need to know if some of us are contributing to it and so if there is something we can do to reduce its frenzy.
If there are so many people like sanjay khanna who are plainly biased against us, that too must have a reason. We have obviously failed to reach out to them with our point of view. New Age Islam gives you a platform to do that; but that is only possible if their ravings and rantings are available to you. Let us try to do that in a reasoned way, not seeking to pay back in the same coin of hatred and bias towards their views and belief-systems. Primarily we need to tell the world that we all are not following Zakir Naik or other Islam-supremacists like the proverbial dumb sheep, though millions among us are.
And it is these millions that should be our primary concern. It is these millions who have allowed themselves to be bedazzled by petro-dollar funded-Uncle Sam-protected divisive and destructive forms of our religion. It is these millions we should primarily engage in discussions and tell them what people like Zakir Naik are doing is making our life difficult in multi-religious, multi-cultural environments of today. Islam allowed Jihad for us so that we could fight for the religious freedom of all peoples, not just Muslims. If we were fighting for the human rights of religious minorities in Muslim lands, we would probably not even need to fight for our own rights as minorities in non-Muslim majority countries. We would certainly not face as virulent an Islamophobbia as we do today.
It is necessary for us to see what kind of hatred and bias against us Zakir Naik is stirring among non-Muslims so that we can take appropriate action to safeguard ourselves. We have to tell our people and others that Islam is not the kind of religion that Zakir Naik and others of his ilk propagate. It did not spread through the glint of the sword, as Maulana Maudoodi, for instance, tells us and it does not bar followers of other prophets from doing good deeds as Zakir Naik would have it. Zakir Naik is a dangerous buffoon and it would be best if we ourselves tell this to our co-religionists rather than having to suffer sanjay khannas do that.
Our unwillingness to look into the mirror only reveals our consciousness of our ugliness and our inability to do anything about it. Beautiful people do not fear mirrors, even if these mirrors are sometimes dirty and distorted.
It’s a sponsored article by Sanjay Khanna to get some sympathy to Zakir Naik as each day passing he is losing out his popularity. So, guys do not waste your time. Its provocative for all and the purpose is to bring all sect under one roof to defend Naik. They are brothers in arms.
Dear Mr. Editor,
I have been quite a silent follower of this website for a long time, needless to say I appreciated most of the articles and have hated some of them badly. And I always used 'Difference of opinion", 'freedom of speech' etc to justify my silence. Now after reading this full of prepared hatred efforts by some sanjay khanna, I now seriously doubt the purpose,intention and objective of this website.
some points to mention:
1. I believe even a child can easily understand the ill intention and foolish intelligentsia of such writings which is in fact a chintzy effort to vomit in the garb of abusing zakir naik. Why on earth you allowed this to be published in first place? what is the message that newageislam wants to spread by allowing such baised hatred against a religion?
2. Forget this vomit for a while, this stupid fellow has explicitly tried to abuse the glorious Koran (which I can challenge he must not have read a single verse), Muhammad(PBUH) and a religion.
"This is just one of the many absurdities in the Koran." "Muhammad made taking of interest haraam to get rid of his debtors and Muslims blindly follow the same."
And Mr. Editor, as a moderator wasn't your role to interpret the cheapness of content and allow/disallow it accordingly?? This censure would not have been followed otherwise.
3. And finally would you please take lead to throw some gangajal on this not-so-gentleman by officially responding to his points (not to defend zakir but to explain the correct Islamic stand).
Can I finally expect you to be a neutral moderator and share my concerns with whole group as a compensation of giving undeserved publicity to Mr. Khanna(rightly said by Mr. Manzurul)
Jazak Allah Khair.Asif Khan
While Dr.Naik is an acknowledged hafeez and a skilled debater, he is an embarrassment for the Muslim community. He is a Muslim supremacist. His attitude toward other religions is rude and demeaning. He claims to know a lot more of other peoples' societies than he does. He opposes equality and justice for women, specifically he is against giving equal educational and career opportunities to women. His arguments tend to be ultra-traditional and simplistic, and he is unable to discriminate between what is truly important and what is trivial.
While Sanjay Khanna makes some valid criticisms of Dr.Naik's views, he goes too far when he says, " I have a feeling that this man has had a troubled childhood. He used to stammer and it is very possible that his peers in school and college poked fun at him. Girls would have avoided him altogether. Deprived of a regular social life, he may have become a bookworm which explains his ability to memorize verses from the Koran and other religious texts." Such amateur psychologizing based on guess-work is reprehensible and unnecessary and does injustice to Dr.Naik.
Dear Shri Khanna,
I am not sure if you are the one acting in the Bolywood films but one thing is for sure that you wrote the replies with a bias in mind. To remove biased judgments you should undertake an unbiased and untiring study of the Shariat and Islam and more so some general knowledge.
Just to say about your concept of interest on investment. Are you sure what interest means and what the term investment connotes? What is the relation between investment and interest? A shopkeeper earning interest? This is just laughable and unbelievable but I would not laugh because you are undoubtedly ignorant about these economic terms and laughing on this would be foolishness on my part. Go and study a little bit of economics before commenting on shopkeepers’ interest.
Your comment "Do Gulf nations sell oil on a no profit basis?" Just I wana laugh now...enough is enough. This means that you are not sure about the difference between profit and interest. What a scholar commenting on the only divine religion-the ISLAM.
Just go to the internet and see how Islamic banking is spreading fast except in India because you people are busy maligning ISLAM, may be because of late you people start feeling that Hindu mythology is false and want to hide it somewhere.
Marvelous! Create the facade of an art-work, or an intellectual exercise, and start abusing anyone and everyone whom you feel like. This is the high water mark of an intellectual who would perhaps like to call himself a Hindu (garv se) or a defender of Hinduism. Now this man, some Sanjay Khanna writes about some Dr. Naik (who is only several thousand times more popular than Khanna. Can’t help, so is Shahrukh Khan or Salman Rushdie) and then starts abusing me and so many others like me. To my mind however, Khanna is something like Dr. Naik only, albeit much smaller in size. To be as big a pain in the ass, as Dr. Naik is for him, Khanna will have to grow thousand times in size, else his will remain only a crude foul voice - easily unnoticeable. Since he does not represent the Hindu intelligentsia in any way, I dismiss his ‘erudite’ writings as the rantings of a wanton mind.
I would not have cared to reply, had his attack been limited to the style of preaching of Dr Naik. But to put the records straight, I am giving my counter-replies to the replies of Mr. Sanjay Khanna. I would expect the editor to pass on these comments of mine to Mr. Khanna as a compensation for having given him some undeserved publicity on this website.
Counter reply: No. There are many countries in the world that do not have effective laws to protect weaker men, not to speak of women. Islamic countries (except temporarily, where wars have been thrust upon by imperialists and usurpers) are better governed than most non-Islamic countries and that is a grouse of the West against Islamic countries. Further, we are not unaware of the qualities of administration here, in this part of the civilized world!!
Counter reply: By calling oneself swan a crow does not become one. Forget about gender equality, which even God Almighty has failed to bring about (or He has not brought about by design, which is my article of faith), there is no respect for women in the West. But Islam gives dignity to woman, that’s why so many Western liberated women become Muslims of their own choice.
Dr. Naik – the western media exaggerates news of a 60 year old Arab marrying a 16 year old girl but plays it down when a 60 year old man in America rapes a 10 year old girl.
Counter reply: Dr. Naik is clearly wrong if he has said only this much. But if he speaks of media bias in a more general sense, then that is a reality. About Zakaat, please don’t mistake. Muslims have no doubt about these words. The correct word is ‘zana’ which is ritually performed, in thousands upon thousands of brothels, patronised and legitimised by - you know who.
Counter reply: Dr. Naik is clearly wrong if he has only said this much. But if he has cited some Western research about the influence of food on behaviour pattern, then please bear with his analysis, even if wrongly concluded. What has this to do with ‘Koran’, by the way, unless you are obsessed? I am sure Dr. Naik would never allude this conclusion to Quran.
Counter reply: Non-Muslim nations non-exist for us Muslims, as far as certification of our religious matters is concerned……. Only an intellectual of your calibre can have access to intimate personal knowledge, such as of Dr.Naik.
Counter reply: These are well defined concepts and most Muslims know. You can educate yourself on the subject further.
Counter reply: Funny intellectual, aren’t you Mr. Khanna? Don’t you know Muslims are the most fearless fighter pilots? I am sure this lurking fear must be in the minds of the likes of you. About madarsas please keep thinking that way. It helps us.
Counter reply: The question of the choice of profession for a woman will always hang on our heads, however empty. A Muslim man’s head is rather clear on the subject.
Counter reply: A dignified worker even of lower station is respected by his employer, more than an undignified, immoral, super-intelligent hyper-educated drunken lecher, carrying a bogus post-graduate triple degree from the numerous factories, producing such degrees.
Counter reply: Yes this statement must take the cake, because it is the cheapest of all your statements. Muslims believe in a clean theology and their standards are high. Why should they copy something which is morally inferior? The District Magistrate of Dumka who was a product of a Christian school, had paraded naked a respectable Christian pastor by conspiring against him. Muslims don’t do such cheap things. What about Graham Staines? Ask Indian Christians about your civility, instead of bracketing yourself with them in a truly false fashion. Muslims have differences with Christians and Hindus but that does not turn the Muslims against them, unless drawn forcibly in a state of war, in which case you know what Muslims are capable of doing.
Khanna: After reading this I could forgive you for thinking that Dr. Zakir Naik may have been circumcised between the ears instead of the thighs. Muslims are the only community that can be taken for a ride by such psychopaths. There are a lot more absurdities that this man preaches like halal entertainment (Islamic cartoons and movies), Sharia etc but it is my belief that the above examples would be sufficient to discount the man and throw him into the nearest thrash
Counter reply: If you were correct, you would have been able to take me for a ride. Instead of hitting at the third eye of Shiva, of which we have no knowledge, you would do well, to normalise yourself by looking for a good Hindu guru. Be a good Hindu first (and move away from this fanaticism) to be able to lead a discourse on religious matters.