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Dhaka Attack: Facing The Challenge Of Zakir Naik, Will Ulema Rise To The Occasion?

By Sultan Shahin, Founding Editor, New Age Islam

6 July 2016

Mumbai-based Muslim preacher, winner of prestigious Shah Faisal Award from Saudi Arabia, Dr Zakir Naik, is in the news again. This time for having influenced two of the Dhaka terrorists. This very popular televangelist is known to have also influenced other terrorists: Iqbal Bhatkal, the mastermind of the 2006 Mumbai train blasts in which 209 people were killed and over 700 injured, Safdar Nagori and other Indian Mujahedin militants, Glasgow suicide-bomber Kafeel Ahmed, 2006 Mumbai train-bombing accused Feroze Deshmukh, and New York taxi driver Afghan-American Najibullah Zazi, who pleaded guilty in September 2009 for planning to attack the city's Grand Central Railway Station.

Dr Zakir Naik

What makes Dr. Naik so influential among millions of South Asia is his forthrightness. Unlike other preachers, he is not seen to be mincing his words. No other preacher, not even Maulana Abdul Aleem Islahi of Hyderabad, the other inspiration behind Indian Mujahedin, has had the guts to openly defend Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, though many ulema like him admired Bin Laden and some even participated in his funeral prayer in absentia after he was killed. “If he [Osama bin Laden] is fighting the enemies of Islam, I am for him,” Naik said in a widely watched 2007 YouTube video. “If he is terrorizing the terrorists, if he is terrorizing America, the terrorist, the biggest terrorist, I am with him. Every Muslim should be a terrorist.”

It has become difficult for the last several years to criticise Zakir Naik in tens of millions of South Asian Muslim homes either in the sub-continent or abroad. What would shock a normal rational human is what makes him so loved. Sample a few:

“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.”

“Quran allows Muslims to have sex with female slaves.”

“The only requirement for marriage in Islamic Sharia is that girl and boy both must attain the age of puberty that can occur at age 12, 11 or even 10.”

"Because she (Prophet Mohammad’s youngest wife Aisha) was mature, intelligent; scientifically, medically Islamically, marriage consummated at the age of nine is perfectly fine Alhamdulillah." (This completely disregards accounts that Hazrat Aisha was 19 or at least 12 at the time of marriage.)

“we (Muslims) know for sure that only Islam is the True religion in the eyes of God. … Therefore … we do not allow propagation of any other religion.”

“Bible has pornography, teaches how to rape and how to even gang-rape.”

But Naik is most popular for his staged acts of conversion shown on television. He is considered an expert in comparative religion, as he quotes chapter and vase from other religious texts, but actually he is an expert in denigrating other religions. This satisfies many Muslims’ sense of Islamic superiority over other religions, a sort of instinct that has evolved over a millennia and a half under the influence of supremacist, exclusivist theologians.

Our focus should not be so much on Zakir Naik as on the question: why and how he has so easily succeeded in radicalising millions. Saudis and ahl-e-hadithis have only provided him logistical support. In my view the reason he has succeeded is that he is not saying anything new. He is using the theology of consensus, the same theology that is taught in universities and madrasas of all schools of thought.

His distinction is in the presentation, using modern means of communication. He is reaching those who did not have access to this theology before.

That is why ulema cannot oppose him or other militant Islamic preachers. Sufi-Barailvis and even Deobandis have tried. They are angry because he has exposed their hypocrisy.

They quote contextual, war-time verses from Quran. They quote dubious Hadith, the so-called sayings of the Prophet.

Ulema are not willing to say that these war-time verses do not apply to us any more as we are not fighting those wars for which they were meant. They are not willing to say that these narrations of Hadith that you are quoting cannot be trusted as they were collected scores and even hundreds of years after the demise of the Prophet. They are not willing to say that since Quran considers killing of even one innocent person tantamount to killing of humanity, how can the Prophet (pbuh) violate the Quran and justify and order killing of innocents, as quoted in the Hadith used by militant preachers. Unless ulema correct their own theology, they cannot save the community from radicalisation.

Note: A shorter version of this article appeared in India Today’s online newspaper Daily “O” first.

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  • As per the Gita, a lot many modern women would be miscreants and thus would be on Krishna’s hit-list—threatened to death by him—since Krishna says that even women, vaisyas [merchants], sudras [low-level workers], or any people of sinful birth go to the highest goal, if they take his shelter;13  he further says that then how much more righteous brahmanas and devout King-sages!;14  which means that Krishna does not consider women to belong to the category of “righteous brahmanas”;15  so women are either unrighteous brahmanas or not brahmanas at all; if they are unrighteous brahmanas, they are unrighteous anyway, and if they are not brahmanas at all, then the women who do the works of brahmanas—e.g. the works of professional teachers— would be unrighteous, miscreants, for Krishna asks everyone from a division to do work only assigned for their division.16  It is in fact not only many of the modern women but people of other faiths too—people who do not believe in Krishna—such as atheists, Christians, Muslims, Jews, etc., that could be supposed to be threatened with death by Krishna.17 Krishna, for modern people, is therefore nothing short of a terrorist; and the Bhagavad-gita is “Hindu terrorism”

    By Wasi Ahmad - 8/15/2016 5:35:01 AM

  • He has been exhonerated from all allegations now after indepth inquiry conducted by Mahrashtra Govt.So Alhamdulillaha.

    By Mohammad Shafi Zahid - 8/4/2016 2:53:25 AM

  • Muslims are calling Muslim. Terrorist when terrorist are killing Muslim, shame

    By Nakib Saikia - 8/4/2016 2:09:02 AM

  • JAKIR NAYAK teach Islam to nonMuslims wheras today MUSLIMS are BEHADING PPL......RAPING WOMENS....BOMBING.....in the name of ISLAM and Muslims youth r joining ISLAMIC TERRORIST every day..........today MUSLIMS need Islam most ...........Mr. Jokar Nayak stop playing the ROLE OF BRAIN WASHAR and give birth to JIHADIS..... stop taking the ADVANTAGES OF SECULIRSM N DEMOCRACY of NonMuslims Country.....

    By Akash Paul - 8/4/2016 1:57:40 AM

  • If Jakir Nayak is a Islamic Schoolar and His speech Give Birth to TERRORIST........who is Responsible.....?.....Nayak or QURAN......?

    By Akash Paul - 8/4/2016 1:41:37 AM

  • Intellectuals have a challenging job in hand to provide a TRUE image of Islam and Islamic institutions project the best teachings of Islam 
    This is the only solution to rid of terrorism
    If children learn only learn to respect and love each other , they will never follow anything that is against the spirit of Islam

    By Rajeev Malaviya - 8/4/2016 1:31:43 AM

  • #Ban_zakir_naik #ban_wahabism

    By Azhar Hasan Khan - 8/4/2016 1:29:53 AM

  • PEOPLE THROW STONES ON THE MANGO TREES, WHICH BEARS FRUIT" "WHEN PEOPLE(Enemies of Islam) ARE THROWING STONES( OF WORDS) AT YOU DON'T GET UP SET. THEY ARE JEALOUS OF YOUR BEAUTY(Of Your Islamic Character)." "Don't become sad nor become weak, you will be superior, if you are indeed a believer" [Al-Qur'an ch 3 Verse 139]

    By Sheq Sajed - 8/4/2016 1:11:09 AM

  • I am acrylic with you
    By Babu Shaikh - 8/4/2016 12:58:48 AM

  • No, disagree totally.
    By Aman Jalkaurwi - 8/4/2016 12:56:45 AM

  • Discussing Dr Zakir Nayak so much without referring where z he wrong z hypocrisy. Stop this nonsense & come clean where z he wrong. Shouting like idiots #Stopzakinayak without any proof against him z utter madness.

    By Qazi Muqtasid Iqbal - 8/4/2016 12:45:40 AM

  • Infact wen i listened him decades back as a islam precher.i was impressed but nw his speeches attacking other religions.I feel he may be dangrious not only fr human community but also fr muslims.he should nt be banned but immidaitly put behind the bars.he Islaam is not lk as he is preecing above all no one has rgt to talk bad abt the faith which one has on his religion.he is threat to communal hormany.Those who r in favour of him can visulize that hw all indians live in peace and celibreting the EiD together.

    By Rajneesh Khajuria - 8/4/2016 12:33:46 AM

  •  Dr zakir Naik is not insulting Gods og hindus but he has proved from hindu scriptures that God is one,with out image and prophet Muhammad pbuh is his last and final messenger.....He quates verse and chapter no's

    By Adnan Amin - 8/4/2016 12:20:17 AM

  • Wow what a Prophet. A 54 years men marries a 9 years Ayesha for sex. And people call him prophet.

    By Prem Singh - 8/4/2016 12:17:33 AM

  • I think the pseudo secularism of India give success to jakr naik he dividing nation since 20 years why Congress gov. didn't want to investigate about becos congrs gov felt only got bank of minorities , so he make fool people of India

    By Nirmal Singh Rana - 8/4/2016 12:04:03 AM

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