Those of us that have studied Islam will have heard of Zakir Naik, maybe watched some of his lectures or `debates’ on Youtube. His official website introduces him in the following way:
A medical doctor by professional training, Dr Zakir Naik is renowned as a dynamic international orator on Islam and Comparative Religion. He is the President of Islamic Research Foundation, Mumbai, India. He is 49 years old. Dr Zakir clarifies Islamic viewpoints and clears misconceptions about Islam, using the Qur’an, authentic Hadith and other religious Scriptures as a basis, in conjunction with reason, logic and scientific facts. He is popular for his critical analysis and convincing answers to challenging questions posed by audiences after his public talks.
You can read the full bio by following the embedded link. It goes on the say of him:
He has successfully participated in several symposia and dialogues with prominent personalities of other faiths. His public dialogue with Dr William Campbell (of USA) on the topic, “The Qur’an and the Bible in the Light of Science” held in Chicago, USA, on 1st April 2000 was a resounding success.
Not surprisingly his website proudly builds him up as an ideologue (last paragraph) and this is an interesting choice of words.
Webster lists the simple definition as:
someone who very strongly supports and is guided by the ideology of a particular group
with a full definition
- an impractical idealist : theorist
- an often blindly partisan advocate or adherent of a particular ideology
This description of Zakir Naik seems very apt and I wonder if the writers of the website know English to such a degree that they understand what they are actually saying about Zakir Naik?
For this author the following tells me all I need to know about him:
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud presented the prestigious ‘King Faisal International Prize’ – 2015 for ‘Service to Islam’ to Dr Zakir Naik on 1st March 2015 in Riyadh. This prize is the most Prestigious Prize in the Muslim world, similar to the Nobel Prize.
Saudi Arabia, one of the most repressive Islamic regimes in the world honours Zakir Naik for his contribution to Islam and much of his funding comes from the Saudi’s. He is seen as so dangerous that our Prime Minister, May, banned him from the UK back in 2010 with Canada following suit fairly quickly. I wonder if May et al ever raise these issues with our friends the Saudi’s? He is too dangerous to enter the UK yet the Saudi’s fund him – as he propagates their brand of radical Islamic ideology Wahhabism.
His website boasts of his extensive influence around the world and if you just google him and watch some of his videos you will see why he was banned from the UK. Yet when you watch him you are left wondering what the big deal is. He seems to do more harm than good for the cause of Islam and it does not surprise the author that he is classed as totally ineffective in what he claims he is: one of the most effective advocates of Islam in the world. I wonder has he heard the saying about blowing your own horn…
Up for a good laugh?
The following short video by David Wood is very enlightening in a few ways. That this self-proclaimed leader in spreading and defending Islam is, in the words of Wood, a joke – one that deserves nothing more than complete dismissal.
For those Muslims that follow him, they need to be concerned about their blind acceptance of such an obvious intellectual lightweight. If this is what you base your commitment to Islam on you need to have a serious look at your foundations.