Farouk A. Peru
The above video of Zakir Naik smugly telling the host of a chat show that non-Muslims are
not allowed to preach in an Islamic state. Why?
Muslims already have the truth so why should we allow others to preach
falsehoods in our lands? Never mind the fact that Muslims are freely living,
worshipping and preaching in the West.
supporters won’t think about that. That is how their minds work. A privileged,
supremacist outlook which can only be termed as the chosen people syndrome.
And if you
are offended by Zakir, he adds, you can just “sue the Quran.” Despite the fact
his style goes completely against the Quran, he feels he is God’s elect.
fits perfectly into this mindset. He thrives in an environment where both the
organizers and audience are firmly on his side.
His work is
no different than that of the American televangelical preachers who thrive on
bringing in fake ex-Muslims like Ergun Caner (look him up on YouTube, he has
been exposed for his fake history spun to win points with the Islamophobic
crowd. In reality Caner cannot even pronounce the Sunni Shahada correctly!).
Naik’s followers have little concern for the truth. To them, it is the show
which matters and their faiths get cheapened in the process.
Zakir Naik’s concert (and I use the word intentionally), there were apparently
four conversions. I say “apparently” because Naik’s colleague, Yusuf Estes, was
exposed for faking converts in Germany using the “recycled converts manoeuvre.”
some flatulent excuses but let’s face it, his audience loved the notion of a
thousand converts in one show. That is what it’s really about in this cheapened
version of Islam ― the numbers. Always the numbers.
thought of the consequences of Zakir Naik’s show? Let’s take the most
celebrated conversion of that evening ― that of Woo Nina Grace aged 19.
Ms Woo, who
is of Filipino and Chinese parentage, has been reportedly studying Islam since
the age of 13. I salute her, not because she chose to convert to Islam
particularly, but because she has such a clear resolution at such an early age.
question though: did she need a public conversion at the hands of this
Islamofascist to ratify her faith?
organisers and perhaps Zakir himself used her for popularity reasons. She did
not need a public conversion at all.
reports that followed indicated that her father at least was disapproving of
her conversion. This is what Islamofascists fail to realise ― that other people
cherish their respective faiths as much as Muslims cherish ours.
father may have raised her with all the love of a parent who sees great joy in
passing along his faith to his beloved daughter. His daughter then spurns his
gift and joins the other side! Islam unequivocally rejects the divinity of
Jesus, something very blasphemous to Christians.
advocating Ms Woo should not have converted? Absolutely not! She has a right to
her faith and it is, after all, her life. However, she did not need the cheap
publicity of Zakir Naik’s concert to do it!
conversion caused great humiliation to her father. The public spectacle was
simply unnecessary. Was Zakir Naik paid for these concerts? If he was, then
this money is tainted. He would have used religion for his personal gain.
to a now viral report in Malaysiakini, Zakir did allow the audience to throw
him some difficult questions. Ramesh Rajaratnam did praise Zakir for his vast
knowledge (I disagree. I find Zakir crass and shallow at best. What he does can
be done by a well-trained parrot!).
Ramesh also pointed out that Zakir was incredibly arrogant, denigrating
people’s language and level of knowledge. I wonder if Zakir was following the
Sunnah of the Prophet just then?
himself levelled some questions at Zakir. One question connected the polygamous
practice of the Prophet (pbuh) to the permission supposedly given to him by the
pointed out that this was too convenient and in fact, Aisha (the youngest wife
of the Prophet) actually made such a suggestion herself!
response was the usual spiel about political marriages and a circular logical
statement that “God says so.” This is the shallow level of retort Zakir is
There is no
real depth to him and he is really an embarrassment to Quranic apologetics. In
another video, he actually makes a comparison between the metaphysical notions
of the afterlife with the axiomatic truth of mathematics. This shows his
inability to understand the various types of truth as well.
wonder then that the loudest supporters of Zakir are none other than Isma, the
confused Islamofascists. Malay Mail Online columnist Shafiqah Othman Hamzah was
lambasted by a Wanita Isma representative, an actual professor madya, for
criticising Malay-Muslim support for Zakir!
professor displayed why Malaysian tertiary education is in the slumps when she
said the Quran does not support apostasy when in fact it gives total and unconditional
freedom of religion.
himself advocates murdering people who leave Islam and preaches to other
Muslims yet he does not mind if Muslim converts preach to others!
Such is his
confidence in the Muslims’ faith. Someone should have asked Zakir if he
supported Malay privileges. He would have spun faster than our washing machines
to get out of that one!
Naik’s parting remark is to advocate an Umno and PAS coalition government. I
suggest to his opponents for his next concert, ask him if he supports racism
and racial privileges. Show him Umno’s track record of corruption and ask him
if such a party can be Islamic.
Zakir Naik’s concerts were like the Back Street Boys’ revival shows, all packed
out. Forty thousand people attended his last show.
simply an indication of what Islam is for many of us ― nothing but a cheap
thrill. It’s all about the numbers and the humiliation of other religions.
Muslims need to rise above this cesspool and become compassionate human beings.