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On Televangelist Zakir Naik: Don’t give in to pretenders who condemn Sufi followers as “grave worshippers”, says Sadia Dehlvi

By Sadia Dehlvi

November 11, 2008

Something good is happening in the Muslim world. A man with a half-Muslim parentage will soon take oath as the American President. The Malegaon blasts are being fairly investigated. Recently, Muslim scholars, activists and clerics got together and issued fatwas delinking Islam with terror. An 18-coach Sheikh-ul-Hind Express from Deoband carrying 2,000 clerics set out on a journey with a message of peace and integration. Some 6,000 clerics from 21 states met in Hyderabad to issue more fatwas against terror activities. From shock and denial modes, the Indian Muslim community has begun to introspect and take positive steps.

Commendable Step

Now, a collective body of Muslim clerics has taken another commendable step by denouncing televangelist Zakir Naik’s speeches and demanding a ban on them. Popular Muslim resentment against Naik became evident last December when he used the phrase, “May God be pleased with him”, for Yezid, the debauch ruler and murderer of Imam Hussain; the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson who was martyred at the battle of Kerbala. Throughout Islamic history, these particular words have been used only for the Prophet’s trusted companions. Anger has now peaked with Naik declaring that praying to Prophet Mohammed and seeking his intercession with God is heresy.

I have been particularly disturbed by the growing popularity of Naik, founder of Peace TV and president of the Islamic Research Foundation. Naik is not an Islamic scholar or a cleric and can best be described as a preacher famous for his computer-like memory of almost all religious scriptures like the Bible, the Vedas and the Quran.

A doctor by training and inspired by the late India-born South African evangelist Sheikh Ahmed Deedat, Naik loves to debate with Hindus on the Vedas, with Jains about vegetarianism and atheists on religion and science. In the garb of inter-faith dialogues, he not only runs down all major religions, but also rubbishes as haraam (sinful) all Muslim devotional aspects that differ from his viewpoint.

Legacy of the Sufis

In the subcontinent, Islam is the legacy of the Sufis who gave us traditions of syncretism and communal harmony. By condemning Sufi followers as “grave worshippers”, Salafi and Wahabi ideology-inspired speakers such as Naik reject an entire historical body of Islamic scholarship, jurisprudence and almost 80 per cent of Islamic literature. Naik is on record saying, “If Osama bin Laden is terrorising America or the enemies of Islam, every Muslim should become a terrorist.” Excerpts of this video are circulating on the internet, damaging the already wounded perception of Islam and its followers.

Social injustices cannot be used as a theme to create havoc and destruction in society. However, some rabid ideologues continue providing fuel to Muslim animosity by overturning the spirituality of Islam into a rationalised discourse leading to pragmatic political activism. If Muslims insist that Hindutva ideologues be quietened, we must do the same with Muslim radicals. Dialogue within the Muslim community on what form the rightful Islamic traditions should be has long been overdue. Thankfully, Muslims are now alert, identifying and rejecting intolerant elements within their own people.

Sadia Dehlvi is a Delhi-based actor and commentator.

Source: Hindustan Times



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8/11/2013 8:32:29 AM satwa gunam
@rational mohammed

Good for once you have asked a sensible question which is not expected of a muslim.

As per hindu belief, the god is one which is making you think in your three states of life being the following :

i am waking
i am sleeping
i am dreaming

The common factor of i which supports your existence is god. it is not the stone in mecca.

I have given the definition and proof of the hindu god which is the gist of your existence. Pls give the proof of your abrahamic god, if you can provide something.

otherwise it is tribe of blind follower belong to the prophet wife and son in law fighting for centuries as uncivilized mobs 
8/11/2013 7:40:08 AM JB
You are right rational: everyone of mystic and yogic feats can be expolained by science. Read autobiography of a yogi by paramahansa yogananda for such explicit discussion of yogic principles. The question is has the current human scientific development evolved to handle such scientific knowledge? The moment they knew how to split an atom led to nuclear weapons. Can you imagine what will happen if they get hold of energies and scientific knowledge that are even more advanced? If you look at the lives of mystics and yogis throughout history, they all had knowedlge of subtle energies, techniques and powers which can be considered gifts, but believed in God which is often referred to as the primordial energy in light form that existed before the universe came into existence. You can call that energy as God or light or waves or some particle name or big bang waves etc. But, the underlying theme always is there have always been things that go beyond the understanding of human knowledge at every stage of human evolution even to the advanced mystical beings. This reinforced the existence of God. Except that the advanced being realized God as that unknown explanation for the scientific theings the experience while the average man believes God resides in a stone or idol. The average man is correct in principle as that primordial energy with unexplained source is manifested in the rock or idol.   I can go on. But the point of my rambling being that we as humans cannot venture far into the unknown realm of knowledge without invoking God or we will get confused in technicalities before long. 
8/10/2013 11:13:03 PM rational mohammed yunus
Dear Satwa.
First prove there is a God. Later we can discuss the nature of Abrahmic and  non-Abrahmic God.

Abrahmic God is powerful He just says Kun (Be) and fayakoon (it happens). How is your god?

I read somewhere that the matter(universe), energy and God are both eternal. God created things from already available raw material. Does it belong to Hinduism? Have ever you yourself experienced the God you are talking about.
So called Godly experiences are work of right brain. Logical experiences  are work of left brain. It explains that all believers can experience the God. It is not the monopoly of one faith.
It seems nobody is sure what is God though everybody claims he only knows the true God.

Experiments in neurology, psychology will reveal the nature of mystic experiences.
You can visit Have you ever read Satayrth Prakash by Swami Dayanand? What do you belong to Sanatan Dharm or Arya Samaj?

8/10/2013 8:16:38 AM satwa gunam
@rational mohammed

There is no other god other than hindu god as it includes innate and living.  

where are the abrahamic gods do not live in idols and temples, hence by acceptance neither omnipotent nor omnipresent.

Poor gods they have to look out for the protection under one hindu divinity.

The stupid abrhamic god has not given the knowledge which it did not have to its moronic followers on it religion during the sleep so where is the question of these moron getting knowledge of death and afterwards.

8/8/2013 7:44:30 AM rational mohammed yunus
dear satwa
samajh men nahi aaya kiya kahna chah rahe ho. phir se kaho. yeh kahne ki cheez hai baar kaho.
na to main muslim bhaiyon ke kaatne kosne se ghabraya na tumhare kaatne kosne se ghabrata.
agar hindi theek se nahi aati to ham se seekh lo.
main achhi tarah jaanta hoon ki dharmik log kab kiya rang pakad lete hain. isiliye main kisi bhi dharam se itna prabhaawit nahi hota. 

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