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Zakir Naik’s Open Letter: Democrat or an Islamo-Fascist Demagogue?



By Arshad Alam, New Age Islam

12 September, 2016

It is rather rich of Zakir Naik to write an open letter to the government about his perceived sense of persecution at the hands of Indian authorities. As I have written in previously, every person including Zakir Naik should be probed within the due process of law. To create conditions in which he is forced to live outside India without a clinching evidence is hardly excusable. That he is followed by thousands of Muslims who have not become terrorists is proof enough that there is a complex set of causative factors behind every act of terror. A complex phenomenon such as terrorism should not be simplified as the result of the teaching and sermons of some individual.

Zakir Naik’s letter however goes further. It accuses the government of the day of selectively targeting Muslims. Zakir Naik becomes the victim within this narrative by becoming one of the 170 million of India’s Muslims.

The problem starts right here. A majority of Muslims here are poor and uneducated and mostly do not have a voice. On comparison, Zakir Naik owns a million-dollar enterprise and has a powerful lobby fighting for his defence. How then can he compare himself with the average Indian Muslim?

Moreover, Zakir Naik speaks openly against the religious practice of the majority of Indian Muslims. He has accused them of being open to polytheism and not following the correct tenets of Islam. How then does he become one of them? Clearly his ideas about Islam is much at variance with that of the majority of Indian Muslims. And that’s precisely the reason why he cannot represent the majority of Indian Muslims. For almost all major schools of Islam in India, barring Salafi-Wahhabi-Ahl-e-Hadeesi, Zakir Naik represents something other than Islam; in fact, the majority even refuse to certify him as a religious scholar.

It sounds patently hypocritical when Zakir Naik talks about ‘murder of democracy’ and violation of ‘fundamental rights’. Of course, all this is peppered by the undertone of ‘justice’ which he argues has been denied in his case. Talking in terms of democracy and rights would almost make Zakir Naik a believer in these secular ideas. However, all his own speeches and conduct have belied this.

A person who sings praises for the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, accepts their hospitality and prize is now talking about democracy and human rights. Why didn’t he remember them when the Saudis gave him millions to promote their ideology of Islamism? As a champion of democracy, why did he accept Saudi money when it is well documented that there are flagrant violations of all kinds of rights in that kingdom. What kind of democracy is he talking about when his mentor hangs and stones people for petty crimes in full public view?

There cannot be any doubt that Zakir Naik is talking about democracy and rights without even believing an iota in these concepts. After all, didn’t his Islamist predecessors argue that democracy was a system of men and what they wanted was to bring the system of God? Has Zakir Naik all of a sudden turned secular when confronted with man-made laws?

In the same letter, Zakir Naik argues that he is promoting peace and harmony in society through developing an understanding of Islam. Again, he probably knows that this is not the case. Through his erroneous understanding of the text, he has created newer religious schisms within the Muslim society so much so that there was a fatwa against him. If he cannot create harmony even within Muslim society, then heaven only knows how he is going to create peace and harmony within the Indian society. His sermons actually have the opposite effect: of promoting enmity between different religious groups in society.

If one is hell bent on arguing that Islam is the best religion in the world and that polytheism of the Hindus is a backward and deplorable religious worldview, then how does this promote peace and tolerance? If he continues to justify that Islam alone is the saviour of world, then how does this promote peace and mutual respect? Calling such sermons of a third rate pedant as dialogue militates against the very idea of a dialogical plural world. Zakir Naik is not interested in dialogue: he is a fascist demagogue who wants the entire world to convert to his point of view.

His hypocrisy on democracy begins to unravel the minute he takes recourse to the Quran. There are many passages within the text to cite in terms of pluralism and tolerance. But to quote the verse which tells Muslims to be patient and wait for their eventual victory over the polytheists is perhaps too much. This is not a man who is a believer in the virtues of secular laws like democracy. This is a man who wants to unfurl the Islamic flag everywhere, demean and trounce all other religious traditions. The recourse to democracy and the language of rights are only a means to an end: that of establishing the supremacy of Islam.

Arshad Alam is a NewAgeIslam.com columnist.

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TOTAL COMMENTS:-   14


  • Aayina behen, I have been hit hard by your confusion and have lost my consciousness for the time being.
    By Manzurul Haque - 9/15/2016 1:50:41 AM



  • Dr Alam is of course correct.  Exactly the same can be said of the West's most popular Islamic "moderate", Tariq Ramadan. Welcomed by many commentators as the voice of Islamic reason his Islamist agenda is revealed in his recorded lectures for your Muslims in the French suburbs. 
    By Roy W Brown - 9/15/2016 1:34:20 AM



  • All humans were having trunk before like Shree Ganesh all were speaking one Arabic language, Satan came and cut down all people trunks and so new language sprung up in all continent of the world.ha..ha..ha..

    Computer is gods latest confusing creature allowed to be created by humans it understand 0, 1, 0, 1 and output is various language.

    0=no God
    1=God 

    God allowed to creat similar things like God created but with exception of चेतना वाला बीज, ( seed with consciousness ), does our  Muslim brothers understand what is consciousness and how it has to be treated as entity to love and respect even if it animal, plant or human, but consciousness for Muslim matters only human consciousness rest consciousness is to use and hurt for their own need.

    Again conscious mind of non-Muslim is also next to animal and only can be treated nearly like animal.

    Many species had finished, let more seeds finished on name of Allah, on the name Jehova lot of species and seeds are finish in last couple of century, let this be on name of Allah century.

    Let we humans pray for finishing all consiuous creature and we find a way to live with different kind of food not based on seeds but something different, lets hate consiuous creature created by God and finish them and we start to love our own creation like, TV, Mobile, Computer, and Car.

    ये खुदा, तेरे चेतना वाले बीज तूजे मुबारक,हम इन्सान जल्द ही सारे ख़त्म कर देंगे ।


    By Aayina - 9/14/2016 6:12:18 AM



  •  AS PER ISLAMIC HISTORY , THE EVENT OF HURRAH IS VERY WELL KNOWN WHEN AFTER THE MASSACRE OF KARBALA WHEN YAZEED MALOUN SON OF MOAVIAH MALOUN WHO WAS HIMSELF A BASTARD SON OF KAFFIR ABU SOFIYAN AND HIS WHORISH WIFE HINDAH WHO WAS A CANNIBAL TOO .
    YAZEED NOT ABLE TO FINISH THE LAST MEMBER OF THE PROGENY OF THE RASOOL E ISLAM AS HE WISHED SENT HIS ARMY TO MAKKAH & MADINAH WITH FREEDOM TO DO WHAT THEY WISHED FOR THREE DAYS, THE RESULT WAS THOUSANDS ILLEGITIMATES BORN IN A YEAR . THIS KAFFIR DOCTOR ON THE ROLLS OF SAUDI MONARCHY IS VERY LIKELY A PROGENY OF THAT UNFORTUNATE  RAPED WOMENS,  OTHER WISE HOW CAN ANY MUSLIM IN THE WORLD CAN HAVE PRAISE FOR THE INCARNATION OF SHAITAAN PERSONIFIED.
    AND WHO ELSE CAN GIVE HIM ASYLUM OTHER THAN THE ACCURSED YAHUDI ROYALITY WHERE FROM THE HORN OF DAJJAL WILL RAISE ITS HORNS.

    By ZAHEER HUSAIN KHAN - 9/14/2016 4:25:00 AM



  • Let the Islam haters speak. After all they have laid their hands on a terrorist!
    By Manzurul Haque - 9/14/2016 12:57:46 AM



  • Do you mean to say Zakir Naik is the only Indian talking like this ? There are millions like him, please accept this reality. The guy in this video is he not Indian? Is he not abusing Hindus ? How many in the audience stopped him,questioned him ? Every one hearing him and not stopping him is a Zakir Naik ! Root of the problem is not Zakir Naik but the very teaching of Islam and the horrible methods used to plant it on earth ! https://youtu.be/0Axd1njcMkE
    By Sahadev Kunapuli - 9/13/2016 8:57:13 PM



  • @Iqbal Husain By reading one shloka Hinduism cannot be interpreted...
    There is no where written God is shapeless formless ...
    There is no where written God has any shape or form...
    Its the human brain which says God has any shape or not....
    God doesn't say anything about self ... Infact its human brain which says everything about God...
    This philosophy is one part of the books ...
    One of the Avatar of God is Narasimha coming out of pillar in a particular shape...
    Single word says everything about God .... SWARUPA..
    SWA = mine RUPA = Shape
    I don't need to explain more than this ...

    By Venugopal Bhat - 9/13/2016 8:49:35 PM



  • @Venugopal Bhattyou have not replied to the points raised by me in earlier post. if shapeless GOd is not logical then why early hindu scriptures speak about formless GOD. are you going to deny your own scriptures. will you call arya samajies as "Anti Hindu". the concept of 33 crore "GODS" is a later day innovation in hinduism
    By Iqbal Husain - 9/13/2016 8:46:20 PM



  • Zakir saheb is a victim of manuvadi plot. real hate mongers are roaming large freely . while peaceful people are being harassed
    By Iqbal Husain - 9/13/2016 8:42:32 PM



  • Mr Venugopal Bhat: Sir you can not understand the secrets of Divine revelations as Allah Kareem has not bestowed you that Wisdom and Faith.
    By Raihan Nezami - 9/13/2016 3:56:16 AM



  • Bhatji, there would still be a problem. If Sri Ganesh ji is the God, what language would he speak !?
    By Manzurul Haque - 9/13/2016 2:27:40 AM



  • The next best news after denying the separatist cry babies a life, is issuing a warrant for this quacko on the grounds of hate preach, exactly like what Britain has done to Anjem Choudhary. And you will see a whole lot of crybabies from Islam throw a tantrum but Modi has to put his foot down and say a loud NO to nonsense.
    By Deepa Natarajan - 9/12/2016 8:36:25 PM



  •  If we go according to his logic of God....
    Then the whole Islam is based on a lie that it's God given religion....
    There is no way a shapeless formless God can reveal a religion to a human....
    Because the God has to communicate in some language...
    If God spoke like some human language then the shape should be of some type of human...
    If God spoke in some animal language then he must be in some animal shape( if the prophet understand animal language)
    The only other way is the prohet having a dream.... Ha Ha

    By Venugopal Bhat - 9/12/2016 8:33:37 PM



  • Even if one is not directly involved in terrorist activity, instilling an iron-clad surety about the rightness and superiority of one's religion is a dangerous thing in our pluralistic world. All religious preaching must be tentative and respect for the religions of others must be a part it.


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 9/12/2016 1:29:10 PM



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