Ali Sina on Zakir Naik: A review of
The Qur'an and the Bible in the Light of Science
In 2000, a televised debate between Dr. William Campbell representing Christian view point and Dr. Zakir Naik representing Islamic view point took place.
Pakistan Daily Times wrote:
On December 7, 2005, a TV channel (QTV or Al-Noor) showed a debate between William Campbell and Zakir Naik, which showed the other side of the polemic. In the past it was Zakir Naik trying to prove other religions wrong; this time it was William Campbell rebutting his arguments.This was fair enough. If you don't want your religion criticized don't do it to other religions. When Dr. Campbell criticized Muslims for claiming scientific discovery in the Quran one had to listen.The TV channel took a fair decision, but when Dr. Campbell began cutting close to where it hurt, the program was suddenly taken off in favor of na'at. If this was done out of fear it was not a good decision and showed Dr Naik in a bad light. (Later news is that Dr Naik won the debate.)
Muslims are convinced that Dr. Naik won that debate. In fact once you watch the video, unless you know the Quran and Islam fairly well, this is the impression that you get. Dr. Naik was so confident and so boisterous throughout the debate that anyone watching would think the same.
Or did he? I went through this debate and have analyzed the talk of Dr. Naik paragraph by paragraph. In this paper I have shown that Dr. Naik misrepresented every statement he made on the Quran. There is not a single claim that Dr. Naik has made about the Quran being miraculous or scientifically accurate that is true.
I have entitled this paper, World's Greatest Showman, because after watching his performance, in my opinion, it describes him best. Dr. Naik is a magician. Magicians make you believe they cut people in two, make objects disappear and reappear and make rabbits come out of an empty hat. But in reality none of that happens. The ability of the magician is to make you believe in things that do not happen. Dr. Naik uses a different kind of tools to perform his magic. He uses words. He can make his audience believe in things that are not true. In this paper, I am going to show his tricks and what he uses as setup to make things look differently. By the time you finish reading this paper, you'll be able to detect them too. But that is not all. Since all the Muslims use the same tricks, although not with the same proficiency of Dr. Naik, you'll be able to detect their tricks too.
A good magician is dexterous and his moves are swift - so swift that they are hard to detect. However, if you replay his acts and watch then in slow motion, or even frame by frame, you may be able to catch his tricks. This is what I have done with Dr. Naik's talk.
This paper will eventually be available for free download and also in a printer friendly format. It may even become available in a book format. I hope all those who have seen the debate between Dr. Campbell and Dr. Naik and were swayed by Dr. Naik's showmanship read this paper to see how he deceived everyone. Anyone who has seen or heard Dr. Naik owes it to himself to read this paper. He rehashes the same things in all his talks. Here, the tricks of a master magician are exposed. Read it and pass it on.
There is no doubt that Dr. Naik is great. One must acknowledge the merits of his opponent. His greatness is in his ability to twist the truth. He is dexterous with words and has an excellent memory for remembering the verses of the Quran. If he was a lawyer and I was a criminal, I would want him as my attorney.
You can watch the debate by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page while following the transcript in the following pages. When it comes to my responses, you can click on pause and read what I have written.
I say it with all certainty that this paper demarks the end of Dr. Naik's glory and will bring down his empire. Once his fans read this, it would be as if a balloon is punctured. They will see through his veneers of lies and chicanery and his tower of cards will crumble. The proof is overwhelming. Many of them may write to him asking him to respond. Dr. Naik will not because he cannot. Perhaps he would come with silly conditions like he did before, asking for a face to face debate or demanding that I organize a conference attended by 10,000 people, or raise the reward of $50,000 dollars that I am offering to anyone who can prove me wrong to one million dollars. Most likely someone else will respond saying Ali Sina is not important for Dr. Naik to waste his time on.
These are of course lame excuses. There is nothing one can say in a face to face debate that one cannot say in writing. The problem of a face to face debate is that one can play 'magic' and fool the audience, while this is not possible in a written debate. جَاء الْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ الْبَاطِلُ إِنَّ الْبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوقًا
17:81 Truth has (now) arrived, and Falsehood perished: for Falsehood is (by its nature) bound to perish."
When this verse was first proclaimed (when Muhammad conquered Mecca) it was anachronistic because then it was Falsehood that had taken over the Truth with force, treason and tricks. Finally, thanks to the Internet, this violent force has become helpless and Truth is reemerging. You can say that verse was false when uttered. But ironically, it was prophetic because it is very true today. Today Truth is back with vengeance and Falsehood is bound to perish.
If you want to contact Dr. Naik, here is his email: firstname.lastname@example.org
URL of this page:http://www.newageislam.com/books-and-documents/world-s-greatest-showman--zakir-naik/d/2032
Table of Content
Dr. Campbell's Presentation
Are Miracles Real?
The Big Bang in the Quran?
Does the Quran say Sun and Moon Revolve Around Their Own Axis?
Water Cycle in the Quran
Do Mountains Stabilize the Earth?
Oceanology of the Quran
Embryology of the Quran
Is Islam for All Mankind?
Does God Punish People?
Ad Hominem in the Quran
The Quran vs. the Bible
Creation of Universe in the Quran
Length of Days of Creation
Contradictions in the Bible and the Quran
Is Sky a Dome?
What Supports the Earth?
The Test of the Bible
Unscientific Statements in the Bible and the Quran
Mathematical Errors in the Bible and the Quran
Inconsistency in the Bible and the Quran
Zulqarnain and the Setting place of the Sun
A List of Quranic Errors
Zakir Naik's Terrorist Training Camp
Qura'n & The Bible in the light of science 1of5.rm
Qura'n & The Bible in the light of science 2of5.rm
Qura'n & The Bible in the light of science 3of5.rm
Qura'n & The Bible in the light of science 4of5.rm
Qura'n & The Bible in the light of science 5of5.rm
You can also view these videos here
My Dear, Ali Sina (if any one of this name is there or to the one who has referred this).
For your information the translation of Quranic Verse17:18, is not what you have stated But vice versa. I guess you don't have any idea what QURAN is about ?
It's Good that you don't call yourself a Muslim any more. I am Least bothered about Zakir Naik's theory about any other religion.
In Islam there is no where mentioned that one should criticize any religion.
Pease go through your religious books properly and then talk about QURAN
After looking at angry mails against Mr. Shaheen for giving space to Ali Sina's post it appears that Ali Sina has touched up on the taboos and now the cat is out of the bag. And that's where the real anger is coming from.
Dear Friends There no one name Ali Sina, this are all the names invented by shaheen the most currupt guy if he is muslim he should come with true face rather than using other names i prefer every muslim should avoid the contact with the guy named shaheen and avoid all his mails and block them completely this guy has started sending males to us and we dont know who gave this idiot our email ids
Thank you Anon, The missing links have now been restored.
I don't get it... I'd love to read the searing expose on Zakir Naik by Ali Sina, but I've been looking and looking and I can't find a link to the document.
If it is here, could the link please be made more obvious? If it’s actually not published yet, I'd advise Ali Sina to refrain from the inflammatory remarks until people can judge his argument for themselves.
From Muhammad Imran
To Sultan Shahin Editor@NewAgeIslam.com
Date 2 November 2009 21:33
Subject RE: World's Greatest Showman: Zakir Naik, NewAgeIslam.org - 02 Nov, 2009
What an Idiot, Nonsense, Irresponsible and so so so person you are I ever heard, seen and felt in my life.
You are realy the Most Idiot person in the world. If there would be Ranking ofIdiots in the world. You should be given the 1st Position in this competition.ok
If you are a human being, I think these words are good enough and you may not write about the famous personality Great personality Mr Dr. Zakir Naik.
Shut up and don’t try to send me Mails like this. Ok
Fair Enough, Ghulam Mohiyuddin Saheb. This is a welcome suggestion. It is a good idea to know who is speaking from where and which platform and possibly from what motive. We will identify Ali Sina as a declared ex-Muslim.
Dear Sultan Shahin Sahib,
I appreciate your response and I respect your motives. I do not however see Ali Sina as an interlocutor but as an anti-Islam propagandist. He is not writing about his own apostasy but about Dr. Naik's 'showmanship' . He is not even going to participate in this discussion.
An article criticizing Dr. Naik written by a liberal Muslim or by a Shia Muslim would be welcome. If you do want to publish Ali Sina's articles, I request that you identify the author as "an apostate, an ex-Muslim".
Dear Ghulam Mohiyuddin Saheb,
I understand your disappointment and disagreement with New Age Islam editors’ decision to publish Ali Sina’s comments on Dr. Zakir Naik. But I think we should particularly focus on persons like Ali Sina who, you say, "is an apostate, an ex-Muslim, who is not just a critic of Dr. Naik but is an enemy of Islam." How does a Muslim turn into an apostate and, more particularly an enemy of Islam? What is the process that leads to that denouement?
As for the views expressed in this particular article, we should debate that on merit, regardless of who is their author. This is no reflection on your valuable inputs on this website, but generally people tend to comment on the beliefs and even question the integrity of their interlocutor when they have no answer to the questions he or she is raising. Had the Prophet [pbuh] taken this attitude of not interacting with enemies of Islam who were legion in his time, in Mecca in particular, perhaps he would have ended up just finding a few followers and we may not have even heard of the Deen called Islam. Rather than treating enemies as untouchable, we should make it a point to interact with them and listen to them even more than we would to our fiends. Reason: our focus should be on: a) trying to find out why this person has become an enemy; b) could some of our own shortcomings including our inability to communicate our viewpoint well enough be responsible for that; c) how can we try and turn this person into a friend. None of this can be achieved by merely treating him or her as an untouchable and not listening to him at all. Boycotts never advance our interests, particularly when our goal is to make friends and help create a harmonious world in which all views can live in peace and harmony. Ali Sina may have become our enemy, but does that mean that we too should become his enemy. Ali Sina is responsible for his conduct, we for ours.
I am glad that even after becoming an apostate, and an ex-Muslim, Ali Sina is concerned with and devoting his time to the very same issues that concern Muslims. At least he is not indifferent to Islam as many decent, progressive, Marxist, westernized, secular Muslims are. His views should be of particular interest to us as this would probably help advance our understanding of how Muslims turn into not only apostates and ex-Muslims but also enemies of Islam.
While I have criticized Dr. Zakir Naik for his orthodoxy and literalism, I have applauded his scholarship and his debating skills. I do not however appreciate the fact that an article written by Ali Sina is being posted in New Age Islam blog. Ali Sina is an apostate, an ex-Muslim, who is not just a critic of Dr. Naik but is an enemy of Islam.
I wouldn't single out Dr. Zakir Naik for showmanship, tricks, and manipulation of human mind. In fact, all preachers do it to some extent. There's plenty of material out there to support the above thesis. I believe after the advancement in Physics, the next frontier is going to be Neural and Cognitive Sciences. Here are a few examples. Related discussions can also be accessed through You Tube. In this day and age of easily accessible information from any part of the globe there is no excuse to remain ignorant about the studies being done in the areas that so closely touch our lives. The Neural Correlates of Religious and Nonreligious Belief - Sam Harris (Stanford University) http://www.samharris.org/site/full_text/the-neural-correlates-of-religious-and-nonreligious-belief/
Also cited in Newsweek:
"New study of the brain shows that facts and beliefs are processed in exactly the same way"http://www.newsweek.com/id/216551?tid=relatedcl
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel C. Dennett (Tufts University)
The God Virus: How religion infects our lives and culture by Darrel W. Ray
Some excerpts of the above available on the following site.