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Saudi-funded TV channels continue to radicalize Muslim youth

With billions of petro dollars to fund their global clout, the Saudi lobbies have simply brought off opposition to their continued efforts to spread Wahabism worldwide.  In failing to confront Wahabism, North America and Europe remain paralysed by a combination of political correctness and a racism of lower expectations while in muslim majority countries, the Saudi lobbies have used the Jamaat-e-Islami and the Ikhwan to infiltrate every level of the State.  Together this ensures that the relentless radicalization of millions of urban, upper and middle class Muslim youth is going on at a relentless pace in only Pakistan, India, Middle East, Egypt, Somalia, Indonesia and Malaysia but also in North America and Europe through the concerted efforts of Saudi-funded Islamic TV channels. Examples of such channels include: Dr. Zakir Naik’s Peace TV (English and Urdu), Islam Channel, Iqraa TV and a few others.

In her book titled ‘Reconciliation’, late Benazir Bhutto offers a bold and critical description of Wahhabi Islam and its home, Saudi Arabia. She recounts the history of Wahhabism, with its repeated destruction of the mosques, monuments and lives of other (moderate) Sunni sects, as well as its war on Shiites. According to Fareed Zakaria, given that Saudi Arabia has been a generous patron to Pakistan, it is striking that Bhutto was willing to write things that would surely have caused her difficulty had she become prime minister.  This threat materialized in reality with the Saudi regime actively opposing the democratic PPP-lead government and its President Asif Ali Zardari as evidenced by both wiki leaks and this New York Times article which both highlight how the Saudis prefer dealing with the ISI and pro-Taliban politicians instead of those like the PPP who have the mandate of the nation.

The very fact that Benazir Bhutto and several other leaders and workers of her party (PPP), and thousands of innocent Pakistanis, Afghanis and nationals of other countries of diverse faiths, sects and ethnicities  have been martyred by the radicalised Jihadis is an indication of the violent and intolerant Salafi-Wahhabi ideology at play.

It is possible to identify three goals of the Saudi-funded Islamic TV channels.

  1. The first goal of these channels is to drive a wedge between Muslims and non-Muslims and create a narrow, sectarian binding identity for Muslims, brainwashing them towards a Saudi version of Islam;
  2. The second goal is to strip away the diverse and rich cultural heritage of Muslims world-wide by condemning and ridiculing their syncretic spiritual practices. The aim is to create a stark, monochromatic and intolerant version of Islam as per which all other faiths or sects are deviant or heretic;
  3. The third goal of these channels is to encourage hatred and physical violence against alls those diverse sects of Islam, e.g., Sufi / Barelvi, moderate Deobandis, Bohras, Isna Asharis, Ahmadis etc, which do not conform to the official Saudi version.

Zakir Naik and dozens of his clones currently being produced by the Saudi-funded Peace TV network are a classic example of how thousands of moderate Muslim youth, women and men, are being subconciously and silently being radicalized by Saudis.  Through a sectarian, decontextualized and selective misinterpretation of the Quran and the Hadees, Zakir Naik is creating divisions and hatred not only between Muslims and non-Muslims (Hindus, Christians, Jews etc) but also between different sects of Islam. Naik’s bigoted propaganda and insensitive diatribe against Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity and also against Sufi, Shia and Ahmadi sects of Islam is completely opposite to the tolerant and the inclusive practices of the Prophet Muhammad.

Similarly, the Islam Channel is known for promoting a narrow sectarian version of Islam wiping out moderate Sunni Muslims and Shia Muslims from its programs and discourse. According to a media commentator:

What Islam Channel has done is to give an un-due prominence to Islamist voices that represent only a small minority of British Muslims. This over-representation has also led to other voices “ for instance from the UK’s Shia community or from non-Islamist Muslim groups” being under-represented on the channel.

Many of its speakers are Islamist extremists from organisations like Hizb ut-Tahrir who use the channel to promote intolerant and bigoted interpretations of Islam. Others are Wahhabi graduates of Saudi universities who have denied the Holocaust and promoted hatred of Shia Muslims. Other presenters are Islamists who have been suspended from their jobs in government due to their extremist statements or who are from organisations that the government has broken ties with due to their leading members’ alleged support for terrorism.

One of the most worrying aspects of Islam Channel is the promotion of its extremist agenda via the views and politics of its presenters. Amongst these have been the Wahhabi cleric and anti-semite Yasir Qadhi, and Azad Ali of the Islamic Forum Europe (IFE), who was suspended from his position of civil servant earlier this year, following the publication of extremist jihadi literature on the IFE blog.

Iqraa TV channel is yet another Saudi-funded channel aimed at redefining an Islamic identity among Arab viewers. The channel is owned by Saudi billionaire Sheikh Salah Kamal’s Arab Media Corporation.

According to Abu Haiba: Two easily identifiable media discourses in the Islamic media environment today are: the visibly Saudi-influenced one, which are clearly embodied by the Salafist ideology. Though narrow in their scope, Salafi stations focus on rituals and spirituality, where women and music are virtually non-existent on the airwaves. Furthermore, political quietism is another characteristic of these stations. However, there is also presence of relatively moderate, more refined and subtle Saudi-Salafi channels which are characterized by a contradiction of statements both in style and content stemming from their ostensibly moderate inclinations. Some shows have expanded their range of issues covered, beyond Islamic laws and spirituality. For example, they not only addressed issues pertaining to ethics and values, but also featured women as anchors, guests, or among the general public presenting media stories. However, political quietism and wiping out of diverse sects of Islam remains their key characteristic.

Another example of an exclusive and intolerant agenda of such TV channels is their policy of wiping out Karabla and Imam Hussain from their transmission even during the first ten days of Muharram when Muslims across the world, notwithstanding their particular sect or belief, mourn the great sacrifice of Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. Millions of Sunni and Shia Muslims in India, Pakistan, North America, Europe and other countries pay homage to Imam Hussain, which is also evident on moderate Islamic channels such as Noor TV, ARY QTV, Hidayat TV, Takbeer TV etc.  However, the mention of Imam Hussain andthe  family of the Prophet is completely censored on Saudi-funded Peace TV, Iqraa TV and Islam Channel. It must be acknowleged that the great sacrifice of Imam Hussain has been acknowledged and apprecaited by Muslim and non-Muslims alike who treat the revered Imam as a symbol of humanity and truth.  All Islamic TV channels are paying homage to Imam Hussain except Saudi-funded, OBL & Yazid apologist Zakir Naik’s Peace TV and other Saudi-financed channels.  While both Muslims as well as Hindus, Christains, Sikhs, Jews etc. respect the timeless Karbala paradigm, the Saudi hate lobby, lead by the likes of Zakir Naik ensures that Imam Hussain is ignored or that the tyrannical caliph Yazid who murdered the Prophet’s family is eulogized.

A similar censorship is enforced by the Saudi-funded channels on the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (known as Mawlid or Eid-Milad-un-Nabi), which is observed by a dominant majority of all Sunnis and Shias except those belonging to Saudi-Salafi interpretation of Islam. From a Saudi-Wahhabi perspective, the majority of moderate Sufi/Barelvi Sunnis are ridiculed as mushrik (polytheists) and Shias are reduced to kafir (infidels).

Such Saudi-funded TV channels are also being facilitated by other pro-Saudi preachers such as Dr. Farhat Hashmi and other Taliban and Al Qaeda apologists. Previously activists and scholars such as Sarah Khan, Tarek Fatah, Farzana Hasan and Raheel Raza have written on the potential threats posed to peace, tolerance and Islam itself by pseudo-Muslim scholars such as Zakir Naik and Farhat Hashmi.

To see the creeping Talibanization and sympathy for Al Qaeda initiatives Farhat Hashmi, refer to Salon’s “The Taliban’s ladies auxiliary” , this Daily Times report and the a collection of various newspaper articles, reports and comments that have has been compiled by LUBP.  These accounts painstakingly highlight how Wahabi proselytizers have made significant strides in creating rejectionist and misogynist mental ghettos amongst muslim communities worldwide, especially in Canada and Britain.

The progenitors of Zakir Naik and Farhat Hashmi are 20th century ideologues like Syed Qutb, Abul Ala Mawdudi and Hassan Al-Banna.  The last is the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood/Ikhwan-ul-Muslimeen and grand-father of Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss acadamic whose subtle Wahabi-lite activism needs greater intellectual scrutiny.  These are the ideologues who have been the biggest promotors of a global Wahabist agenda that rejects both moderate muslim opinion as well as the rights and values of other faith traditions.  This Wahabist agenda justifies the horrendous violence against both muslims and non-muslims.  It is the reason why the many brainwashed upper-middle class muslim urbanites of Europe and North America are completely silent about the violence that has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of muslims from Somalia to Indonesia.  This is the specific violence committed by Al Qaeda and its Taliban, Jamaat-e-Islami, Sipah-e-Sahaba and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi affiliates while moderate muslims, especially the Ahmedi, Sufi, Sunni and Shia sects are the primary victims of this violence.

I am painfully aware of the fact that millions of Muslims not only in India and Pakistan but also in the US, Canada, UK and other countries across the world are allowing themselves and their families to be gradully brainwashed by watching the Saudi-Ikhwan sectarian propaganda of such TV channels.

It is a sincere warning to all those persons who are allowing themselves and/or their family members to be exposed to and brainwashed by the Saudi-funded TV channels: you might have a future Faisal Shahzad, Major Nidal Hasan or Muhammad Ata currently being groomed right within your own house.  Through your subscription or donation to the Saudi-funded TV channels, you may be, at least indirectly and subconsciously, contributing to the spread of Al Qaeda, Taliban and Saudi-ization of moderate Muslims. It is time to reflect on ways to discourage and impede the ongoing Saudi-ization (Wahhabi-ization) of moderate Muslim youth.

List of Saudi-funded Wahhabi-Salafi TV networks

Name Language(s) Established Type Notes
Islam Channel English December 2004 Wahabi Islam Saudi-funded; Available throughout UK and Western Europe via Eurobird. Available throughout Europe and Middle East via Hotbird 6 and throughout Africa via Eutelsat Sesat and Eutelsat W4.
Peace TV English September 2007 Wahabi Islam Saudi funded; Owned by Zakir Naik.
Peace TV Urdu Urdu July 2009 Wahabi Islam Saudi funded; Owned by Zakir Naik.
IQRAA TV English / Urdu April 2009 Wahhabi Islam Saudi funded; IQRA TV is owned and run by Al Khair foundation under the supervision of Imam Qasim. Mainly in English but also runs some Bangali and Urdu programming. Has strong links with PEACE TV and recently hosted the Al-Khair Peace convention jointly in UK. On Sky in the UK and can be received in Europe via Eurobird 1.
 Al Resalah Arabic 2006 Wahabi Islam Saudi funded; Owned by Prince Waleed bin Talal.

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  • As usual, LUBP is attacking some of the most respectable Muslim scholars in today’s world. Names such as Dr. Zakir Naik and Mohterma Farhat Hashmi are true beacons of Islam and humanity.

    • wahabism means terrorism World should understand the saudi and their wahabi dominated countries dirty politics saudi wahabis are the worst evil human that allah has created .They are not enemy of islam only but they are also enemy of entire humanity. saudi government is totally involved in spreading terrorism through preaching of wahabism in different countries. if the wahabi madresas ans wahabi mosque are not banned then in future the nation who is supporting wahabism will convert into terror camp.,isis camp,.and all evil starts . wahabism means to kill innocent .who are nor wahabis kill every human without any reason. but I dont understand why western countries like america Europe supports saudia. There is no democracy ,most violating in human rights.< no rule , no freedom of speech most dangerous country than an atom bomb .in fact saudis are the main country who supports isis and other terrorist group they are killing innocent and killed lakhs of innocent shias without any reason. i reqest entire world to stop this wahabi movement and saudi wahabis.

  • It was a post much needed for quite some time.

    I congratulate LUBP on exposing the well-financed intricate network of Saudi-Wahabi TV channels.

    You should also write on Farhat Hashmi who has transformed thousands of moderate Muslim women into puritanical Wahabis, potential Aafia Siddiquis.

  • “It is a sincere warning to all those persons who are allowing themselves and/or their family members to be exposed to and brainwashed by the Saudi-funded TV channels: you might have a future Faisal Shahzad, Major Nidal Hasan or Muhammad Ata currently being groomed right within your own house.”

    Very true!

  • this is another failed attempt of lubp main contributer to distract Pakistanis. Who else pakis should watch? Geo news or ptv news? One exposing zardari n ppp n other praising zardari n ppp. They deliver shit. They can’t gv us bt alim online. Huh!

    Pakis need sum peace which is only available in islamic channels. I havn’t found any of above symptoms in them except that of non coverage of karbala. And thats nt a big deal cz v hav n wil hav the respect 4 imam husain (r.a) n ah l e bait sacrifice til our death whether v r suni or ahl e tashee. Dnt defame chanels cz of ur hatered with saudis. They r better in many aspects as cmpard 2 us pakis. Point of discusn shuld b 2 adopt their gud thngs.

  • And what about Iran and Syria funded Shia programs who are promoting radicalization in Moharram and other days?

    Any poitner about that?

  • @Adnan

    By equating Imam Hussain with Shia and Iran, you have shown your true SSP / LEJ affiliations.

    Imam Hussain belongs to Sunnis, Shias, Muslims, non-Muslims alike.

    Are you the same Adnan Siddiqui who is a known Barelvi phobe and Shia phobe?

  • This is a very biased article, and the writer aim is to create hate for prominent Muslim scholars. He failed to provide any solid reasons for what is written here.

  • So glad someone has pointed this out! It’s a sad reflection indeed on the Muslim world if people like Zakir Naik etc are regarded as ‘the most respectable Muslim scholars in today’s world’. I’m sorry but this article is not ‘creating hate’. It is exposing the people who preach hatred and extremism.

  • We all know it – the world knows it. Islam has been distorted centuries ago – and these are people who revived the distorted dangerous version of Islam. The illetimacy of their Islam can be enough proven – but they are poewerful because of oil-money + conspiracy. Not only Muslims but the whole humankind is heading to disaster. Watch this:-

    http://womensvoicesnow.org/watchfilm/hilla/

  • this article is ridiculous…!! realy. Pakistan, India and Bengladesh living with hindus they adopted hindu’s way of life… Saudi is a country where true teaching of Islam are adopted.. not like hindu’s go to mazzar any pray from dead’s instead of praying from direclty to Allah…. ok wat will you say about Muslim TV, Madni Channel, QTV wat are they doing… such a drama baz tahir ul qadri and Alyad Qadri… We know wat is wrong and right because we are educated and read Quran with Translation… don’t misuse Allah name WAHAB plz and go to hell this shit article…Shame

  • This one by Dil Nawaz:

    The sensational rise of televangelist channels in the UK, broadcasting to European, Asian and West African populations has surprised many media pundits.

    Usually the term Televangelist refers to American Evangelical splinter churches propagating to solicit donations from wealthy western ‘sinners’ for converting poor Africans to a particular form of Pentecostalism, which in African context means a cocktail of fundamentalist American theology tailored to the animist beliefs in West Africa. The concoction of ideologies is not only being consumed in Europe but also beamed back to Africa and Asia through satellite.

    Had these satellite channels been the exclusive domain of ‘delusional’ preachers catering to their own cult followers, they would hardly have raised any eye brows among socio-political analysts but the Islamic oriented channels occupy the Electronic Programmes Guide (EPG) among the mainstream (secular, multicultural and entertainment) – free to air South Asian- satellite channels wielding a huge influence in the Muslim Diaspora across Europe.

    The South Asian Diaspora in the UK and Europe is estimated to be 12 million while the Muslims (including Arabs, Turks and Africans in France, Germany, Greece and Spain) are estimated to be another 10 million. The Lingua-franca of South Asian community (Indian, Pakistani, Tamil, Bengali or Afghan) is Urdu or Hindi.

    The United Kingdom, where nearly 7% of the total population is of Pakistani and Indian origin, has seen a mushrooming of South -Asian channels catering to different niche segments of the Diaspora, made possible by Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB satellite platform which provides digital slots for multiple television, radio and information channels cheaply. These channels bind the Asian-European viewers to the audiences in the United Kingdom.

    The mainstream entertainment, news and Bollywood film channels are multi-religious, cross-cultural and try to cater to all Asians, regardless of their religious backgrounds or nationality. These channels and their quality programming are available to those willing to pay a monthly subscription which ranges from £5 to £10 per channel. Risk a broad generalisation, the middle class Gujarati Hindus and Sikh are viewers of subscription channels (ZEE, STAR, ARY & GEO),while most of the working class Muslim mosques and their followers think that these channels are un-Islamic (due to their song, dance and romantic soap operas).

    The second tier of this free media and television revolution is the mushrooming free-to air satellite channel industry. One significant difference between Pakistan and the UK is the absence of any regulatory or governmental censorship in the UK.

    This free-to-air spectrum can be showcased by two examples, the first is now defunct Fast TV and its bearded chairman Mr. Aslam Tawakli (a semi-literate Pakistani Sufi follower and a property millionaire from Birmingham) with customary ‘Jinnah Cap’ gained notoriety for being a ‘loose cannon’, telling anecdotal stories to unsuspecting callers who were being charged premium rate charges for their naive phone conversations. There were no visible financial backers or advertising revenues to justify the expensive ‘hobby’ of these poorly presented TV channels (famous for on-air abusing and anger attacks against friends or foes).

    The second is IQRA TV, a bilingual Bengali and Urdu religious TV, owned by ‘Sheikh’ Imam Qasim. Based in the UK, Imam Qasim is a native Urdu speaker and English is a distant foreign language for him. The IQRA TV recently tried to organise religious debate between mainstream Pakistani Sunni and Ahmadiyya sects, with the aim of proving Ahmadiyya as ‘liar’ apostates. Fortunately the gullible debaters retracted their participation after a couple of shows.

    Imam Qasim uses every conceivable opportunity to run Islamic charity telethon on every Muslim holy day to collect funds for his own registered charity Al-Khair Foundation, which supposedly runs Islamic school and Qurbani projects in countries like Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. Imam Qasim mostly invites preachers and speakers from UK Islamic Mission (a front for Pakistan’s Jamaat Islami) and other Arab Salafi groups. Unfortunately like almost all Islamist channels; IQRA doesn’t provide any financial information or administrative hierarchy on its websites. The lack of financial and organisational transparency is bound to concern the OFCOM (TV regulator in the UK) and UK’s Charity Commission, sooner or later.

    A quick glossary of these channels demonstrates that the problem is much bigger. The wider British society will have to face this issue sooner or later, in form of segregation, secretive cults and brain washed religious fanatics. It is obvious that the British security analysts cannot fully decipher the true messages coming out of these TV channels due to the language and cultural barriers.

    In British context, televangelists include different shades of Islamist, Shia and Sunni groups. In 1994 the Ahmadiyya community (declared apostate by the Government of Pakistan in 1974) started their Muslim TV Ahmadiyya from London to counter the persecution and propaganda against their sect. This model was quickly adopted by the mainstream Islamists for their TV channels.

    In 2004 Muslim Association of Britain (a front for Arab Muslim Brotherhood) backed Europe wide ‘The Islam Channel’; the channel frequently shares its airtime with the Regents Park Mosque (funded by Saudi Arabia for religious guidance of Europeans) London. One of the most watched shows on Islam channel is the ‘Muslim Dilemma’(read pious sisters show), hosted by a Mrs. Shabana Pandor who describes herself as a ‘post-natal mental health advisor’ for Muslim clients of National Health Service. Wearing a full Jilbab (full body covering Burka without the face covering), Mrs Pandor is a proud ‘grandmother’ at the ‘tender’ age of approx 32 (needless to say, she must be an expert on teenage pregnancy and child brides). Its American affiliate Islamic ‘Bridges TV’ was, until recently, run by a misogynist who is currently behind bars for ‘honour killing” his wife.

    Pakistani Christian channel Glory TV is apparently supported by America Evangelical churches. Noor (light) TV is owned by Sufi Muslim ‘Saint’ Pir Alauddin Sidiqui who divides his time between Pakistani Kashmir and Birmingham England. Dawat-e-Islami, (a Barelvi answer to Deobandist Tableeghi Jamaat) has recently renamed Punjabi TV (previously owned by Indian Sikhs) as Madani. The UK Sunni Jamaat which used to buy airtime on previously secular channel DM Manchester in order to compete with Indian Salafi preacher Zakir Naik’s Peace TV, has launched its own Takbeer TV. The Hidayat (guidance to true path) TV belongs to Pakistani Shia clerics, who faithfully toe the instructions coming out of Qom, Iran.

    The Peace TV (English) is owned by Indian Salafi hardliner Dr. Zakir Naik. He is a doctor by profession and a disciple of Ahmed Deedat. He was inspired by Deedat’s debates with South African pastors. Naik started with a media venture called Salafi Research Foundation (SRF), renamed it Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) that metamorphosed into the Peace TV. A South African zealot, the late Ahmed Deedat, used to challenge Protestant evangelists for TV debates in order to convert them to Islam. Now ex-evangelical Americans like Yusuf Estes and British Abdul Rehman Green (both converted to Salafi-Wahabiism) present programmes with titles like ‘The Peace Missile’, ‘Weapons of Mass Conversions’ and ‘Crossfire’.

    Pakistani Islamist ideologue, dissident of Muduadi’s Jamaat Islami and one-time mentor of the British Islamist Caliphate youth group Hizb-ut-Tahrir, Dr. Israr Ahmed started Peace TV’s Urdu service from his new base in Pakistan, sadly he did not live long enough to see its fruition into a mainstream mouthpiece for Saudi Arabia’s Salafi ideology in South Asia.

    Peace TV is apparently funded by Saudi Arabian covert NGOs. The ‘documentaries’ of Harun Yahya (pseudo-‘scientist’, preacher and media man) called the ‘Great Author’ and ‘Allah’s Artistry’ and his delusional conspiracy theories on 9/11 are ubiquitous on almost every Islamist channel. One wonders how does Harun Yahya fund these mega projects and universal air-time. According to scientist Richard Dawkins, allegedly billions were provided to Harun Yahya (real name Adnan Oktar) by Saudi Arabian treasury for brainwashing schools (in Asia, Africa and Europe) into preaching Islamist brand of Creationism through ‘Atlas of Life’ audio-visual libraries.

    Hindu Gujarati and Indian yoga ‘gurus’ and preachers have also started looking for donations and devotees on two competing TV channels. Punjabi Sikhs have at least three channels in Europe (proudly displaying the names of their members who have donated for ‘holy cause’). A few years ago mosques in certain inner cities of Northern England, used to publically name and honour (or shame) local families’ donation to the Friday Prayer’s Imam and this great idea of advertising one’s religiosity was hijacked by the high caste priests of The Sikh Channel.

    Tariq Mehmood, a Manchester-based novelist and former host on now defunct community-based channel Kashmir Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), thinks that the variety of the channels reflects the religious diversity of a multicultural Britain. While a veteran Asian broadcaster who recently retired from BBC World Service, on the condition of anonymity, referred to the channels belonging to a particular sect of Islam as ‘the dens of robbers’.

    According to Shams Rehman, formerly a broadcaster with Paharri-language community channel Apna TV in Bradford, the mushroom growth of religious channels will be checked in due course by the dynamics of supply and demand and the economic recession will play a role in downsizing their cultural and social hold on British Muslims.

    A recent European survey found out that top 10% of Muslim in Europe belong to an “ultra-liberal” elite, while the bottom 10% (that is good 2 million potential hardliners) think Europe is the ‘House of War’ and hate everything un-Islamic. The remaining 80% are the middle ground of Muslim society, confused and living in isolated ‘ghettos’ within the native European communities. This isolation results in the lack of mutually shared linguistic and cultural space. Recently Quilliam Foundation (a liberal Muslim think-tank) published a report which shows that majority of Muslim teenagers in Europe think that harmless activities like playing chess and reading Harry Potter are actually ‘Haram’ (forbidden) in Islam.

    Meantime, the Kashmir Broadcasting Corporation, claiming to be a secular and multicultural representative of Kashmir, has been forced to sell its operations (owing to lack of financial support and advertising) to a group of Shia clerics, already running Ahlebait TV.

    http://www.viewpointonline.net/europes-islamist-televangelists.html

  • Islamic televangelists
    Holy smoke
    Islamic preachers are drawing on a Christian tradition
    Oct 29th 2011 | from the print edition

    SCREAMING hordes of teenage girls are a common sight at pop concerts and film premières. They are less usual when waiting to hear a religious preacher. But such girls—one gasping “I can see him, I can see him” through the folds of her niqab—awaited Moez Masoud, an Egyptian televangelist, recently in Cairo. He is part of a growing band of Islamic preachers who are true celebrities, says Yasmin Moll, a researcher at New York University, who attended Mr Masoud’s talk.

    They draw on a Christian tradition pioneered in the 1950s by such preachers as Billy Graham. For the past ten years Amr Khaled, an Egyptian one-time accountant turned televangelist star, has led the way. Previously television preachers fitted the stereotype of white-haired, bearded sheikhs in white robes, monotonously exhorting the faithful, in classical Arabic, to follow the strictures of Islam more exactly.

    In 2001 Mr Khaled burst onto screens with his show “Words from the Heart” and his brand of modern, moderate piety. Sharp-suited, mustachioed and speaking colloquial Egyptian, Mr Khaled and his audience (of men and women) discussed the concerns of young Muslims, such as whether Islam forbids cinema-going.

    Others have followed in his footsteps. Egyptians dominate, including Mr Masoud and Mustafa Hosny. In Indonesia Abdullah Gymnastiar, known as “Elder Brother Gym”, attracted millions of viewers to his television shows and seminars—until his decision to take a second wife in 2006 outraged his many female fans.

    The new breed of televangelist has proved hugely popular with young viewers uninterested in traditional religious programming. But the Muslim religious and political establishment is uncomfortable with these new celebrities: none boasts traditional training as a cleric. In an odd alliance, secularists are also chary, worried that the brand of moderate Islam they peddle could prove to be the gateway to a more extreme version. But stuffy religious authorities are now being forced to acknowledge these stars’ pulling power. In January Ahmed al-Tayeb, the head al-Azhar, the Cairo-based font of Islamic orthodoxy, met Mr Khaled to discuss how to renew religious discourse in Islam.

    The appeal of such preachers lies in large part in their very lack of official religious credentials. They present themselves as ordinary Muslims who have overcome personal struggles to discover their faith. Many say they were not religious when they were younger. Ahmad al-Shugairi, a Saudi preacher, describes a misspent youth in California, going to clubs with women and even drinking alcohol, before he returned to Saudi Arabia and Allah. Mr Masoud lost friends to a car accident, a drug overdose and cancer and he endured surgery and his own car crash before deciding to commit his life to God. The disappointment among Mr Gymnastiar’s followers at his second marriage—legal but widely frowned on in Indonesia—lay in the fact that it was at odds with his image as a devoted husband and family man, to many of his female followers at least. Sincerity and personal integrity are crucial to their appeal.

    Messrs Khaled, Masoud and Hosny all got their start on Iqraa TV, a Saudi-based religious satellite channel. At one point, about 80% of Iqraa TV’s advertising was reportedly generated by Mr Khaled’s programmes. Mr Khaled has since broken away from Iqraa TV and his programmes are broadcast on a variety of networks, including secular ones such as MBC, a satellite channel based in Dubai.

    Until now most of these preachers have resolutely avoided getting involved in politics. But this may be changing. Since Egypt’s revolution, Mr Khaled, for instance, has become more political. In the run up to the constitutional referendum in March he and Mr Masoud joined the “no” campaign along with secular liberals. He has yet to declare any political intentions but if he does, the power of Islamic televangelists could reach a new level.

    http://www.economist.com/node/21534763

  • Next 9/11 will not be in the US. It will be in India. Indian government is committing a major blunder by allowing Zakir Naik to radicalize millions of Indian Muslims.

    Same is true for Canadian government’s blank cheque to Madam Taliban, Mrs. Mullah Omar, Farhat Hashmi.

  • سعودی خوارج کی حکومت اور اسرائیل، یہ دونوں حکومتیں یکساں ایجنڈے پے کام کررہی ہیں اور ان کاکام انسانیت کو تباہ کرنا ہے۔ انسانیت کی بقاء ان دونوں کے خاتمے میں ہے۔

  • Peace TV is apparently funded by Saudi Arabian covert NGOs. The ‘documentaries’ of Harun Yahya (pseudo-‘scientist’, preacher and media man) called the ‘Great Author’ and ‘Allah’s Artistry’ and his delusional conspiracy theories on 9/11 are ubiquitous on almost every Islamist channel. One wonders how does Harun Yahya fund these mega projects and universal air-time. According to scientist Richard Dawkins, allegedly billions were provided to Harun Yahya (real name Adnan Oktar) by Saudi Arabian treasury for brainwashing schools (in Asia, Africa and Europe) into preaching Islamist brand of Creationism through ‘Atlas of Life’ audio-visual libraries.

    http://www.viewpointonline.net/europes-islamist-televangelists.html

  • Former Pakistani cricketer and now politician Imran Khan spoke with the Islam Channel in an interview for In Focus. Khan spoke about how the US ‘War on Terror’ is affecting his country.

    http://youtu.be/DKObQnuwyDs

    Will Islam Channel also interview those Pakistani’s who condemn the Saudi-ISI led war of terror against Pakistanis and other innocent human beings?

  • This is nothing but Fitna of last days.All these personalities are controversial either from sunni sect or shia sect.All these channels are in question so better not to see these channels or follow such personalities as they are not the representatives of true islam or muslims.

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  • No doubt, zakir naik is the biggest A**hole mullah. bukhari aur muslim ki hadeesen suna ke koi bara alam nahin ban jata. these people are the real enemy of Islam, spreading wahabiism (means hatred) among muslims. they radicalize oursociety. i hate this zakir naik, i am not shia.still i hate this mullah zakir naik & all other saudi funded mullahs. these people are th real threat of pakitan & islam, not USA.

  • DR NO AND THE ART OF BRAINWASH

    Zakir Naik’s visa has just been revoked by the UK and Canada, but he thrives on a huge fan following at home, writes RISHI MAJUMDER

    Photo: DEEPAK SALVI
    AFTER SPENDING three hours with Dr Zakir Naik in a closed room, you are ready to jump out of the window. Except that there is no window. Naik, today India’s most notorious preacher, agrees to interviews in his cabin — a tiny cubbyhole in a decrepit Dongri building. Comprising narrow corridors, which you walk through sideways, and more cubbyholes, this building houses the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), founded by Naik in 1991. The IRF consists of 50-odd salaried workers — Naik loyalists who manage Peace TV, an evangelist television channel with a viewership of over a hundred million, worldwide religion conferences with lakhs in the audience, the Islamic International School, and a research foundation that provides fodder for all these.

    Today, these workers bustle about the foundation’s labyrinthine corridors, halting only when they bump into one another. Naik’s visa has been revoked by both the UK and Canada, and so his talks at both London and Toronto have been cancelled. This has trebled their workload. Interviews have to be organised. Statements issued. Petitions filed. Protest meets called. IRF is going to war.

    Hufeza Bharmal is Naik’s investment manager. “We know Dr Naik more as an administrative genius than an orator,” he says. Naik works for 18 hours a day, seven days a week in this office. Accounts, legalities, medical clinics, a high end school, direction, cinematography and editing — all of this is IRF business, which means it is Naik’s business.

    Naik laughs, and remembers an argument with his wife Farhat: “She quoted a verse from the Quran which said nights were made for resting. So I quoted another verse, which said: ‘Blessed is he who can give up his bed for the sake of the Almighty.’” Verbal jousts such as the one Naik has with his wife and 15-year-old son are not a new pastime. As a child, his favourite sport was debates with friends in school, and relatives at home: “I would try to prove black is white and white is black.” Only, he didn’t quote holy texts then.

    THE QURAN SAYS TO BEAT YOUR WIFE AS A LAST RESORT, AND TO DO IT LIGHTLY,’ SAYS ZAKIR NAIK
    And that’s what makes you look desperately for that window. The Naik of today, 45 and bearded, sits impeccably dressed — in suit, tie, and skullcap. He places two cameras on both sides of the little room to record this interview in case he’s misquoted. Misquoted on what? For every question that Naik is asked — be it about his upbringing, his work or his marriage — he replies with a quotation from the scriptures — Hindu, Christian or Muslim. To hammer home the message, such quotes from scriptures adorn his office walls. And diverse religious literature, including that which he’s citing, lines up a massive cabinet behind him.

    Argumentative Indians Naik, Mahesh Bhatt and Majeed Memon
    Photo: DEEPAK SALVI
    Naik’s first claim to fame was his ability to quote from different religious texts. “That’s his biggest appeal still — that he knows major religions other than Islam,” says Mushabber Bawla, a Mumbai businessman and Naik’s fan. A stammerer since he learned to speak, Naik had never dreamt of becoming a religious preacher. His father, a psychiatrist, and mother, a homemaker, were “average practicing Muslims” as he describes them. His elder brother had studied medicine too, and so Naik was set to join the family profession: “My mother wanted me to be like Christian Barnard” — the South African surgeon who performed the world’s first heart transplant. But the turning point came when he met another South African — Muslim apologist Sheikh Ahmad Deedat — in the second year of his MBBS. Inspired by the hundred-odd video cassettes of his speeches that Deedat left behind, Naik went for a higher calling.

    Then came the second turning point. A year after having established IRF, Naik was organising a question answer session on the Quran for a gathering of 25, when a colleague who was to field the questions backed out. And Naik stepped in. “As a student, I was given grace marks so I could pass elocution,” he smiles. “And here I was answering every question without stammering even once.” This was Naik’s big miracle. The audiences grew — to 500, then 4,000, and finally to over a hundred million around the world. His knowledge added to his newfound oratorial skills. “But what really attracts audiences is his ability to give the exact verse and chapter for every quotation,” says Maqbool Barwelkar, the IRF public relations manager. Barwelkar is an unlikely PR manager — he constantly forgets which publication a journalist is from. And like many IRF workers, he strides about in a simple kurta and pyjama. Milling around Naik in his suit, they create a contrast that emphasises his modernity. In a fastpaced liberal South Mumbai that threatens to engulf Dongri, Zakir Naik is the Ambedkar of the orthodox Muslim.

    The quotations continue to flow, and irk. They seem like a wall that Naik sets up to ward off refutations. This wall makes the small cabin crowded with two cameras even more claustrophobic. Ask Naik why he wants capital punishment for homosexuals, and he quotes from the Hadith, the Quran and the Bible. Ask him why he said it is okay for a man to beat his wife, and he quotes the Quran again: “The Quran says to beat your wife as a last resort, and to do it lightly, as if tapping her with a hanky. And you cannot leave a mark.” What about capital punishment for ex-Muslims who’ve converted? He plays with words: “There is provision for capital punishment in the Hadith — but it depends on the circumstances.”

    A GROUP OF SUNNI ULEMAS TOLD THE BRITISH THEY APPROVE OF THE DENIAL OF VISA
    NOT IN a single reply has Naik revealed his own beliefs: it’s all about the scriptures. What’s his viewpoint? “That Islamic law must be implemented all over the world.” Why? “It is a practical law.” What’s practical about killing homosexuals, cutting off the hands of thieves, and forcing women to wear burkhas? Naik finally cites a real-life observation: “I have been to Saudi Arabia often and I’ve barely seen anyone’s hands cut off. They respect the law. It’s a deterrent.” What if the wrong person got caught? “Allow for appeal.” Naik is convinced this will work. And capital punishment for homosexuals? “I don’t say that. The Islamic law does. The Bible does too.” The scriptures are back.

    The cameras and the quotations make Naik seem mechanical, almost robotic. The only time he steps out of his rehearsed expressions — seen on Peace TV so often — is when a fly enters the room. The perfectionist takes over. “We have to do something about that.” Barwelkar comes in with a Hit spray, then wonders how to avoid spraying either Naik or the interviewer. “No. Swat it.” This is Naik the micro-manager. Obsessed. Working 18 hours a day to swat every pesky fly. “The fact that I work for the Almighty gives me energy,” he says. The fly eludes Barwelkar, and shoots into the book cabinet behind Naik, emerging every once in a while to buzz threateningly above — then taking refuge among the holy texts. There is a kingdom in that cabinet, and an intruder in the kingdom.

    “His talks go against the principles of Khilafat, or Islamic democracy — such as that prevalent in Iran,” says Maulana Sayed Athar Ali, president of the All India Ulema Association about Naik. “He instead seems to be a supporter of Hukumat or the Kingdom, such as that which was prevalent in Saudi Arabia.” Other Muslim leaders have spoken out against Naik too. A group of 12 Sunni ulemas under the auspices of the Raza Academy submitted a letter to the British High Commission on June 28 appreciating the denial of his entry to that country. “We do not accept him as an Islamic preacher or scholar,” they said. Some of them also question his source of funds. Fatwas were issued against Naik by the Darul Uloom Deoband and Abul Irfan Mian Firangi Mahali, one of Lucknow’s leading clerics, in 2008. This was soon after attempted terrorist attacks in Bengaluru and Glasgow. Both stressed he is not an Islamic scholar, and his teachings are unreliable.

    “But I am not a scholar or cleric,” he protests. “I am a mere student of Islam, who wishes to spread its message as I learn.” Black into white. White into black. Naik’s favourite game — learnt from childhood. The UK and Canada are democracies — which is why he was able to preach there at all. Yet when they revoke his visa, they become “Christian” governments suffering from “Islamophobia”.

    The Quran, or the Vedas, or the Bible, could be interpreted in many ways. But Naik projects them as homophobic, stark and stringent testaments. When asked why, he says he is quoting from a text. When told by clerics that he has no authority to do this, he quotes from the Quran to say that anyone who knows anything about Islam can spread its message. White into black. Black into white. And when he feels he’s being cornered, Naik steps into grey. As you get up and leave Zakir Naik’s den, defeated and exhausted, the only comforting thought is that someone is worse off. That fly lodged in the cabinet. It’s still trying to find a window.

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  • DR. ZAKIR NAIK

    AND HIS ISLAMIC RESEARCH FOUNDATION

    Dr. Zakir Abdul Karim Naik is famous for his lectures on comparative religion and Islam. We have provided below some exclusive details about him which have been collected from his Websites, Internet, Youtube and other published information.

    (1) As per IRF Website Dr. Zakir Naik was born on 18th October, 1965. His website does not give information where he was born and brought up. His Website also does not give any information about his father, his occupation, qualifications, etc. It is mentioned that he studied medicine and passed Bachelors Degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from Topiwala National Medical College, Nair Hospital, Mumbai, India. But his website does not give details about the academic year in which he actually passed MBBS Exam.

    (2) His Website does not mention names of schools or colleges where he studied Islamic subjects. It is also not known who taught him reading of Quran because his Arabic accent and Quran reading is completely out of gear, unprofessional and against tajweed rules. His website is also silent as to where he studied Tafseer al-Quran, Usool-e-Hadith, rules of Fiqh, Sharia, Arabic language, and other essential Islamic subjects required of a true Islamic scholar who is allowed to give opinions on issues of Islamic fiqh.

    It seems Dr. Naik is a mysterious home grown, home fed, self read and self trained scholar of Islam.

    In his speeches he says he is a student of comparative religion, but he gives his rulings / opinions literally on all Islamic subjects. He even criticizes Imams of Fiqh and Ahadith. He claims that they (Imams of Fiqh and Ahadith) did not have full information with them when they gave their Islamic rulings. He claims he judges the Imams rulings and acts as per his better understanding of Quran, Ahadith, Sharia and Fiqh. He claims that acceptance and following of Imams as truthful teachers of Islam has damaged Islam. Watch this dangerous video clip.

    (3) As per the information on his Website, Dr. Naik was influenced by the comparative religion lectures of Shaikh Ahmed Deedat (r) (1918-2005) of South Africa when he was studying medicine. This means that Dr. Naik’s self-home-reading of Islamic subjects started when he was around 22 years old (around 1987). Amazingly, within 3 years’ of self-reading of Islamic subjects (1987-1990), in addition to his extensive medical full-time on-campus study, semester exams, medical internship, etc., he read everything about Islam and established Islamic Research Foundation in February 1991 and started full time Da’wa.

    In his lectures, Dr. Naik says that he started Da’wa even before the establishment of IRF in 1991. This shows Dr. Naik has exceptional ability of memorization. He did not read Islamic subjects with the intention to understand them, he simply by-hearted every book that came his way.

    Those whose memory is sharp, are generally intelligent, but they often become dictionaries. They never try to understand the subject; they memorize it with the intention to repeat it either in an exam or in front of people to get applause. They heavily depend upon their word-by-word photo finish memory and develop their skills in debates. They mesmerize their audience by skillful display of their memory and often turn the tables on their opponents in debates. They can convert logic into illogic and wisdom into stupidity and vice versa by their arguments and oratory. They use their vast memory to confuse their opponents and followers both. Over a period of time when they become famous and develop considerable following among masses, they start large scale misinterpretation of facts by their skillful arguments and become leaders of a new group in the world. That is how Ibn Khuzaimah (933-846), Ibn Taymiyya (1263-1328), Ibn Abd-al-Wahhab (1703–1792), etc., became prominent scholars of Salafism by the power of their super memory and oratory. Now Zakir Naik is a living example of this phenomenon.

    (4) Shaikh Ahmed Deedat (r)

    Shaikh Ahmed Husain Deedat (r) was born on July 1, 1918 in Surat, Gujarat State of India. His family migrated to South Africa in 1927. He established the first Islamic religious Institution in South Africa to train preachers at the Assalaam Institute in Braemar.

    He was the president of the Islamic Propagation Center International (IPCI), until he suffered from a stroke, which left him paralyzed for over 9 years until he passed away on 8th August 2005.

    Shaikh Deedat’s House and Grave in Durban, SA

    It is a well known fact that Shaikh Ahmad Deedat (r) was an Ahle Sunnah (Hanafi) Scholar.

    (a) It is important to mention here that Shaikh Ahmed Deedat (r) was an Ahle Sunnah Scholar who used to give a lot of respect to Shaikh Mir Asedullah Quadri. Shaikh Deedat (r) wrote many letters to Shaikh Mir Asedullah Quadri from his Islamic Propagation Center International appreciating the work of Shaikh Quadri. He used to send his books and booklets to the Shaikh from South Africa. Both these Shaikhs never met, but had great respect for each other and were in contact via letters and exchange of their books. We will briefly mention here about some of the last letters of Shaikh Ahmad Deedat (r) to Shaikh Asedullah Quadri.

    On March 8, 1996, Shaikh Deedat (r) wrote to Shaikh Asedullah Quadri [Click Here p.1 Click Here p.2] requesting English translation of his book ‘Islamic Wisdom’ to be sent to him, as (in the words of Shaikh Deedat – r) it will be a great assistance to him as he was writing a book with a similar title. In May 1996, Shaikh Asedullah Quadri sent him the Urdu book (Hikmat-e-Islamia authored by Shaikh Mohammad Abdul Qadeer Siddiqui – r) with the promise to send the English translation done by him which was under print at that time. Shaikh Asedullah Quadri’s letter and the book reached Shaikh Deedat (r) on June 4, 1996, but by then Shaikh Deedat (r) had a severe paralytic stroke on May 3, 1996. The information about the stroke was sent to Shaikh Mir Asedullah Quadri by Qassim Deedat, Treasurer, IPCI in his letter dated 17th September 1996. Click Here to see scan copy of this letter. Thus, Shaikh Deedat (r) could not complete his proposed book titled “Wisdom”.

    Shaikh Mir Asedullah Quadri sent most of his books to IPCI, South Africa. Many of the books sent to Ahmad Deedat (r) were related to Tasawwuf and he was very happy to read them. Click Here to read Shaikh Deedat’s (r) letter thanking Shaikh Asedullah Quadri after receiving the books.

    Shaikh Ahmad Deedat (r) was a rare gem and a Sufi at heart though his area of specialization was comparative religion. He also had exceptional memory, but he never misused it.

    (b) Shaikh Ahmad Deedat (r) belonged to Ahle Sunnah wal Jama’a, is also established from the fact that he used to take advise from Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri in matters of Islamic Fiqh. Evidence in this context is available on Internet and Youtube.

    Watch this interesting Video Clip – 1

    Watch this interesting Video Clip – 2

    Watch this interesting Video Clip – 3

    (c) Shaikh Ahmad Deedat (r) being an honest Sunni (Hanafi) Shaikh is also established from the fact that he openly supported and participated in Milad-un-Nabi (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) Celebrations.

    Watch this interesting Video

    (d) Shaikh Ahmad Deedat’s (r) credentials as a Sunni Shaikh are also established from the fact that he praised Maulana Abdul Aleem Siddiqui (r) who was a student of Aala Hazrat Ahmed Radha Khan (r).

    (e) Shaikh Ahmad Deedat was a Ahle Sunnah scholar is also proved from his grave whose name plate is highly elevated from the ground and his son Yousuf Deedat, who was taught by his father, recites Fateha on his grave by raising his hands towards the grave. Watch this important Video.

    (f) Shaikh Ahmad Deedat (r) was a Sunni Scholar is also proved from the fact that Salafi Scholars declared him Mushrik and Bidati for his clear cut Ahle Sunnah beliefs. Watch this important Video.

    (5) Dr. Zakir Naik claims he was influenced by Shaikh Deedat (r) but we fail to understand how come he turned into a hard core Salafi because Shaikh Deedat (r) was a humble Sufi at heart. May be Saudi Arabian shining Petro-Dollars played a big role in his conversion into Salafism. Read more about Saudi support to Dr. Naik.

    Dr. Naik calls his own teachers Kafirs – Watch this video in which he literally calls Shaikh Deedat and Dr. Israr Ahmad (his teachers) as Kafirs. Watch this Video Clip

    Wikipedia, the most trusted and visited encyclopedic website shows Dr. Naik to be Salafi (not Sunni). See rounded information in this Screen Shot.

    However, currently on Dr. Naik’s Wikipedia page they have removed ‘Salafi’ and now it shows only ‘Islam’.

    To enlarge the above Screen Shot, (1) keep the mouse on the image, (2) right click and go to ‘save as’, (3) give a file name and save image to your computer. You can then see the enlarged image in your browser by double clicking the saved image file.

    Dr. Naik propagates theories of Salafism in the name of Islam. The meanings and interpretations of Quran, Ahadith presented by Zakir Naik, all are as per Wahhabi / Salafi beliefs.

    Dr. Naik says his Sky God has two hands, two eyes, face, legs, shins and has large body and sits above the skies on a big chair facing towards Arsh. Someone asked Dr. Naik, how are God’s hands and body; he said, ‘we do not know, it is known to God only’.

    The description of Salafi Sky God is similar in nature with Hindu God Vishnu. The only difference between Hindu God Vishnu and Salafi Sky Idol God is, Vishnu is married, while Salafi Sky God is single. Also Hindus draw and make models of their God Vishnu, while Salafis don’t, but their faith in a huge human like Idol as their God is same, identical.

    In view of their misunderstanding about Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) Salafis prostrate to their Sky Idol God 5 times a day during Salah. They claim this huge Sky Idol has created this Universe.

    Read more…..(1) Read more …..(2)

    Dr. Naik propagates above beliefs as Islam and feels pride that he is converting so many people into Islam. The example of people who are converting after listening to Zakir Naik’s lectures is that of the person who falls from the sky and gets stuck in a coconut tree.

    (6) Dr. Naik’s interpretations of other religious scriptures are also controversial as their scholars have time and again proved that what he interprets is wrong. Watch related information on Internet and You tube.

    (7) DR. NAIK’S QADIYANI BELIEFS

    In his speeches and writings Dr. Naik claims that advent of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) has been mentioned in Hindu scriptures. He has made this claim thousands of time in his lectures.

    People will be surprised to know that Dr. Naik’s rhetoric on this subject is a direct copy of the work titled “Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) in world scriptures” written by Abdul Haq Vidyarthi Qadiyani (1888 – 1977) a missionary of Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement.

    Abdul Haq Vidyarthi Qadiyani’s book can be read/downloaded on the following 6 locations.

    (1) Download Pakistani First Edition – 1940. (2) Download 2nd Pakistani Edition Volume I – 1975. (3) Download 2nd Pakistani Edition Volume III – 1975. (4) Download 2nd Enlarge Edition – 1976. (5) Download Indian Edition Volume II – 1997. (6) Download US Edition Volume I – 1999.

    Read Dr. Naik’s Article Introduction to Hinduism on his IRF Website. Also view this Video Clip.

    To facilitate our readers we have provided a summary of comparison between Dr. Naik’s works and that of the writing in Vidyarthi Qadiyani’s book; which look mostly identical. Read the gist of Dr. Naik’s Qadiyani beliefs.

    We are not trying to emphasize here that Dr. Naik has not mentioned the sources of his Hinduism studies because we are not discussing academic ethics. Our focus is on a much bigger and very serious issue. Read on…..

    Answering a question in one of his lecturers, whether Muslims can consider the Vedas and the other Hindu Scriptures to be the revelations of God? Dr. Naik replied:

    Quote – There is no text in the Quran or Sahih Hadith mentioning the name of the revelation that was sent to India. Since the names of the Vedas or other Hindu scriptures are nowhere to be found in Quran and Sahih Hadith, one cannot say for sure that they were the revelations of God. They may be the revelation of God or may not be the revelation of God – Unquote.

    However in all his speeches, he mentions the Vedic and other Hindu scriptures that were originally invented and documented by Abdul Haq Vidyarthi Qadiyani, word-by-word; and reiterates that advent of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) has been mentioned in Hindu scriptures.

    The above practice on the part of Dr. Naik establishes the fact that he believes in Hindu scriptures as the word of God (in an altered format as that of Bible) though he does not want to declare it openly.

    His profound belief in Hindu scriptures as the word of God is also established from the following facts.

    Dr. Zakir Naik mentions the following Quranic verse hundreds of times in his speeches and invites Hindus to come to common terms with Muslims.

    It is in Quran – قُلْ يَا أَهْلَ الْكِتَابِ تَعَالَوْا إِلَىٰ كَلِمَةٍ سَوَاءٍ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَكُمْ أَلَّا نَعْبُدَ إِلَّا اللَّهَ وَلَا نُشْرِكَ بِهِ شَيْئًا وَلَا يَتَّخِذَ بَعْضُنَا بَعْضًا أَرْبَابًا مِّن دُونِ اللَّهِ ۚ فَإِن تَوَلَّوْا فَقُولُوا اشْهَدُوا بِأَنَّا مُسْلِمُونَ [Meaning – Say: ( O’ Prophet – صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) “O People of the Book! come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی), that we associate no partners with him; that we associate not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی).” If then they turn back, you say: “Bear witness that we are Muslims]. (Aal-e-Imran – 64).

    The above verse is addressed to the people of the book ( revealed to Prophets). This verse does not address Idol worshipers.

    It is a well known fact that Hindu Idol worship is similar to Makkan Pagan tradition and we are positive that no Muslim in the world will ever dispute this fact.

    We have not come across a Hadith in which Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) called upon Idol worshipers to come to common terms with Islam.

    Why then Dr. Naik reads the above verse and invites Hindus to come to common terms?

    This practice of Dr. Naik confirms the fact that he believes in all Hindu scriptures as the word of God.

    As a matter of fact he has never denied that these scriptures are not the word of God as he says these may be or may not be the word of God.

    This is hypocrisy (Munafiqat)

    Dr. Naik calls Zoroastrianism a prophetic religion and calls its founder Zoroaster as ‘Prophet’. In one of his lectures he said: “Zoroastrianism is a Non Semitic, Aryan, Non Vedic religion, which is not associated with Hinduism and it is a Prophetic religion. Zoroastrianism is also called as Parsism and it was founded by Prophet Zoroaster. Reference – (Concept of God in Major Religions – from the CD – ‘Presenting Islam and Clarifying Misconceptions’ – Lecture series by Dr. Naik, Developed by AHYA Multi Media – 12 Enlightening Sessions).

    Quran testifies that all Prophets gave the same message about Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی). But Zoroaster preached worship of fire. We do not understand how Dr. Naik testifies Zoroaster as prophet?

    Why Dr. Naik is afraid to declare his Qadiyani beliefs in public?

    Read the following to know the answer.

    (a) If he accepts openly Hindu scriptures, as word of God, then he will have to accept (like Qadiyanis do) that Ram, Krishna, Buddha, Ashoka and Guru Nanak were all Prophets and that Kalki Avatar (the 10th incarnation of Hindu God Vishnu to appear before dooms day) is the (final) Prophet.

    (b) Qadiyanis are treated as out of Islam in the Muslim world and it is difficult for Dr. Naik to openly disclose his Qadiyani beliefs because it will create a lot of problems for him in Muslim community. Dr. Naik knows pretty well, what will happen to him if he discloses his above hidden beliefs in public.

    THE MOST SERIOUS ISSUE

    The most serious and alarming concern is, Dr. Naik is making millions of Muslims believe in Hindu scriptures as the word of God from his misleading D’awa.

    On Face book alone he has around 220,000 fans. His organization is running several hundred centers in India and other countries. They are also running schools and training Centers where students are taught his D’awa techniques. He also runs Peace TV’s 3 channels in English, Urdu and Bangla and his website claims that Peace TV is the largest viewed religious channel in the world. He has converted all his followers into a sub-Sect of Salafism. His followers are popularly known as “Zakiri Salafis” who believe that Hindu Scriptures are word of God and Hindu Gods and Avatars are Prophets. Thus Dr. Naik, is indeed the founder of a new Salafi sub-Sect known as “Zakiri Salafis”.

    Prominent Salafi Groups in the World

    Alarming Facts

    Dr. Naik is part of a huge conspiracy to spread Salafism into the whole world at the instance of Saudi Arabian Royal Family, to help them expand their rule beyond the shores of Arabian Peninsula, into the whole world. This issue has been discussed at length in an Article titled Peace TV. Read this Article, you will be appalled and shocked while reading the undeniable published facts available in public domain. We pray Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) to save Islam and Muslims from this massive Fitnah.

    (8) DR. NAIK IS REPORTED TO BE DECLARED KAFIR BY OVER 500 INSTITUTIONAL FATAWAS AND MILLIONS OF CONDEMNATIONS

    (a) In August 2008, Darul Uloom Deoband, India issued a fatwa stating: “The statements made by Dr Zakir Naik indicate that he is a preacher of Ghair Muqallideen (People who reject Imams of Fiqh., like Salafis, Ahle Hadith, etc.). One should not rely upon his speeches.”

    (b) Similar Fatwas are issued by many other scholars including Deobandi Mufti Zar Wali Khan, founder of Jamia Arabia Ahsan-ul-uloom, Karachi, Pakistan

    More Deobandi Fatawas on Dr. Zakir Naik.

    Click here (1) Click Here (2) Click Here (3)

    (c) Yaha Al-Hajoori, the famous Ahl-e-Hadith scholar condemned Dr. Naik in many of his writings and declared him Kafir.

    More Salafi and Ahle Hadith Fatawas on Dr. Naik.

    Click Here (1) Click Here (2) Click Here (3) Click Here (4) .

    (d) More than 20 Fatawas of Kufr were issued by the Shariah Board of America against Naik. They say Naik has gone astray as he is not a scholar but is involved in Islamic teachings without authority or any knowledge to do so, which is dangerous to Islam. “Naik is known for discussions on comparative religions. He is not a qualified Aalim-e-Deen, therefore his comments on fiqh have no merit. If it is true that he condemned the fiqh of the Imams, then that in itself is a clear indication of his lack of understanding of Shariah.”

    (e) A Fatwa was issued by Darul Ifta Jamia Binnoria, Pakistan, regarding Zakir Naik not being a certified Aalim of Deen.

    (f) In November 2008, Lucknow, India based Government appointed Mufti Abul Irfan Mian Firangi Mahali issued a fatwa-e-Kufr against Naik, describing Naik as a “Kafir” (non-believer) and stating in the fatwa, that Naik should be ex-communicated from Islam. He argued that “Naik is not an Islamic scholar. His teachings are against Quran. In his speeches, he insults Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) and his family members and glorifies Yazeed, the assasin of Imam Husain (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ). View this important video clip.

    (g) Correct Islamic Faith International Association (CIFIA) and its 330 Associate Islamic Institutions, and millions of followers throughout the world consider Dr. Zakir Naik as a self declared scholar who lies about Quran and Ahadith; who is not an Aalim-e-Deen and who consistently disrespects Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم), Sahabah, Imams of Fiqh and Awliya Allah. Thus he has gone astray.

    More Ahle Sunnah Fatawas on Dr. Naik.

    Click Here (1) Click Here (2) Click Here (3)

    (h) Apparently, hundreds of Institutions and thousands of Ulema associated with these Institutions cannot be wrong about Dr. Naik.

    (i) Dr. Zakir Naik did ‘Tauba’ in writing in front of Ahle Sunnah Scholars and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Greater Mumbai, India on November 12, 2008 for his Kufriya statement about Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم). Click Here for details. However, he did not change after his written Taubah and still continues with his lies and misrepresentation of Islam. View Video clip.

    (9) ZAKIR NAIK LIES ABOUT QURANIC VERSES AND AHADITH

    Dr. Zakir Naik takes Quran in his hands, raises his hands and lies about its verses. Similarly, he takes Ahadith books in his hands and lies about them.

    He was criticized for his lies by many scholars but he continues this practice without any regard to Quran and Ahadith. He should know that taking Quran in hand and lying about its contents is a serious crime in Islam. Denial and misrepresentation of Quranic verses and Ahadith takes a person out of Islam. There are hundreds of occasions when Dr. Naik lied about Quran and Ahadith in front of huge crowds. We have given below some of these references.

    (a) He misguides innocent Muslims about Quranic verses. Like the Arabic words ‘Shifa’ and Shafa’a are two different words. He tricks innocent Muslims to believe that both these words are same. In one of his speeches he claimed that – “there are 25 verses in Quran which say that Shifa – meaning waseelah, shifaarish – is Haraam”.

    It is a glaring lie and deliberate attempt to fool innocent Muslims. As a matter of fact it is a slander on Quran. The actual meaning of ‘Shifa’ is ‘cure or healing’. And the word ‘Shafa’a’ means – ‘Mediation (Waseelah)’ or ‘Recommendation (Sifaarish).

    View this dangerous and misleading Video (I)

    View Dr. Naik’s lies in this Video at 1:41 ( II )

    View Dr. Naik’s lies in this Video at 0.34 (III)

    We have provided below the six verses in Quran which contain the word ‘Shifa’. And we have provided their English meanings (Yousuf Ali) as well.

    (i) It is in Quran – يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءَتْكُم مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَشِفَاءٌ لِّمَا فِي الصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ [Meaning -O’ mankind! there hath come to you a direction from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts, and for those who believe, a guidance and a Mercy] (Younus – 57).

    (ii) It is in Quran – وَنُنَزِّلُ مِنَ الْقُرْآنِ مَا هُوَ شِفَاءٌ وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ ۙ وَلَا يَزِيدُ الظَّالِمِينَ إِلَّا خَسَارًا [ Meaning – We send down (stage by stage) in the Qur’an that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe: to the unjust it causes nothing but loss after loss]. (Asra – 82).

    (iii) It is in Quran – وَلَوْ جَعَلْنَاهُ قُرْآنًا أَعْجَمِيًّا لَّقَالُوا لَوْلَا فُصِّلَتْ آيَاتُهُ ۖ أَأَعْجَمِيٌّ وَعَرَبِيٌّ ۗ قُلْ هُوَ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا هُدًى وَشِفَاءٌ ۖ وَالَّذِينَ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ فِي آذَانِهِمْ وَقْرٌ وَهُوَ عَلَيْهِمْ عَمًى ۚ أُولَـٰئِكَ يُنَادَوْنَ مِن مَّكَانٍ بَعِيدٍ [Meaning Had We sent this as a Qur’an (in the language) other than Arabic, they would have said: “Why are not its verses explained in detail? What! (a Book) not in Arabic and (a Messenger an Arab?” Say: “It is a Guide and a Healing to those who believe; and for those who believe not, there is a deafness in their ears, and it is blindness in their (eyes): They are (as it were) being called from a place far distant!”] (Fussilat – 44).

    (iv) It is in Quran – وَيَشْفِ صُدُورَ قَوْمٍ مُّؤْمِنِينَ [ Meaning – And (Allah- swt) shall heal the chest of the believers. (At-Tawba – 14).

    (v) It is in Quran – يخْرُجُ مِن بُطُونِهَا شَرَابٌ مُّخْتَلِفٌ أَلْوَانُهُ فِيهِ شِفَاء لِلنَّاسِ [Meaning – There issues from within the bodies of the bee a drink of varying colors wherein is healing for mankind.] (An-Nahl – 69).

    (vi) It is in Quran – وَإِذَا مَرِضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِينِ [And when I am ill, it is (Allah-swt) who cures me.] (Ash-Shu’ara – 80).

    We fail to understand how can some one talk like this in front of thousands of people?

    A person who daringly lies about Quran and Ahadith (i) must be thinking that all Muslims of the world are fools, (ii) or is not afraid of Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی), (iii) or must have gone mad.

    (b) Dr.Zakir Naik claims that there is no Hadith in the entire Ahadith literature which says that Wajib al-Vitre Salah can be performed with one “Salam” (like Maghrib prayer).

    This is a blatant lie. There are more than 75 Ahadith in authentic books of Ahadith which certify that Vitr is performed with one ‘Salam’. View this Video Clip……

    (c) Zakir Naik says that there are many Ahadith in Bukhari where Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) said that we should say “Ameen” with a loud voice during Salah after Sura Fatiha.

    This is a blatant lie. There is only one Hadith in Bukhari in this context, which does not say that we should say ‘Ameen’ loudly. Therefore, the ruling of Imam Abu Hanifa that we should say Ameen slowly after Sura Fatiha cannot be viewed as wrong.

    Zakir Naik also claims that Imams of Fiqh did not have enough knowledge and were not aware of all Ahadith during their life times.

    This is a serious allegation on the most acclaimed Imams of fiqh by a person like Zakir Naik who has not studied Islamic subjects in any Islamic school in the world. View this Video Clip…..

    (d) Dr. Naik lies about Quranic verses and declares in front of thousands of people that he does not know any verse in Quran which says Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) is everywhere (Omnipresent). This is one of the thousands of lies of Dr. Naik about Quran.

    Watch this misleading Video at 4.40 Minutes (middle of Video).

    He sites a Hadith in which Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) asked a Slave girl – Where is Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی)? In reply she said ‘in the Sky’. He interprets the meanings of this Hadith to fool innocent people. We are providing below this Hadith and many Quranic verses to nail Dr. Naik’s lies.

    It is in Hadith – Muawiya Ibn al-Hakam came to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) and told him ” I am very newly from the Jahiliyya and now Allah ( سبحانہ و تعا لی ) has brought Islam” and he proceeded to ask about various Jahiliyya practices, until at last he said that he had slapped his slave girl, and asked if he should free her, as was obligatory if she was a believer. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) asked that she be brought and then asked her, “Where is Allah( سبحانہ و تعا لی )? and she said, “In the sky (fi al-sama)”; whereupon he asked her, “Who am I”? and she said, “You are the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم)”; at which the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) said ‘Free her, for she is a believer (Sahih Muslim).

    Salafis try to interpret the above Hadith to prove a physical body for Allah ( سبحانہ و تعا لی ) and his sitting on the skies? (Astaghfiruallah).

    When someone says that Allah ( سبحانہ و تعا لی ) is in Skies, does it mean that He is only in Sky and nowhere else. Read the following Quranic verse?

    It is in Quran – وَهُوَ الَّذِي فِي السَّمَاءِ إِلَـٰهٌ وَفِي الْأَرْضِ إِلَـٰهٌ ۚ وَهُوَ الْحَكِيمُ الْعَلِيمُ- (Meaning – It is He, Who is Allah-سبحانہ و تعا لی in skies and Allah – سبحانہ و تعا لی on Earth; and He is full of Wisdom and Knowledge). (Az-Zukhruf – 84).

    Read following important Articles for correct understanding in this context.

    Planetary human-like-Idol( المعبود الكواكب مثل الإنسان) worshiped by Salafis is not Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی)

    The Origin and History of Salafi Sky God

    Salafis misinterpret following Quranic verses and try to convince innocent Muslims that their Sky Idol God is the real God of all and they call their God as Allah ( سبحانہ و تعا لی ) (La haula wal quwwata illa billah). To create confusion in Muslims’ minds, they claim that Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی ) has limitations, as He cannot move out of Sky; therefore his nearness to creatures is only by his knowledge. (Astaghfirullah). This belief is Shirk-e-Akbar.

    It is in Quran – اللَّهُ نُورُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۚ (Meaning – Allah( سبحانہ و تعا لی ) is the light (existence) of the Heavens and Earth’. (An-Noor -35).

    It is in Quran – وَلِلَّهِ الْمَشْرِقُ وَالْمَغْرِبُ ۚ فَأَيْنَمَا تُوَلُّوا فَثَمَّ وَجْهُ اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ [ Meaning – Whichever side you turn, you will find Allah ( سبحانہ و تعا لی ) ; Verily ( in truth ) Allah – ( سبحانہ و تعا لی ) is Omnipresent (existing everywhere every moment) and Omniscient ( infinitely wise )]. ( Al-Baqra – 115 ).

    It is in Quran – وَهُوَ مَعَكُمْ أَيْنَ مَا كُنتُمْ (Meaning – Wherever you are, He is with you). (Al-Hadid – 4).

    It is in Quran – وَفِي أَنفُسِكُمْ ۚ أَفَلَا تُبْصِرُونَ ( Meaning – He is in your own self, will you not then see). (Adh-Dhariyat – 21).

    It is in Quran – هُوَ الْأَوَّلُ وَالْآخِرُ وَالظَّاهِرُ وَالْبَاطِنُ ۖ وَهُوَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ [Meaning – He is the First, and the Last, He is the Manifest (apparent) and the Immanent (actually present through out the material world) and is knower of all things]. (Al-Hadeed – 3).

    It is in Quran – وَنَحْنُ أَقْرَبُ إِلَيْهِ مِنْ حَبْلِ الْوَرِيدِ [We (Allah سبحانہ و تعا لی ) are closer to you than your jugular vein]. (Qaf – 16).

    It is in Quran – وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ ۖ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ ۖ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا لِي [ Meaning – When My servants ask you ( O’ Prophet – صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) concerning Me, ( tell them ) I am ever present ( with them ) and I listen to the call of him that calls Me].(Al-Baqara – 186).

    It is in Quran – سُبْحَانَ رَبِّكَ رَبِّ الْعِزَّةِ عَمَّا يَصِفُونَ (Meaning – Transcendent (magnificent) is your Lord, the Lord of All-Greatness, far above what they ascribe to Him). (As-Saafaat – 180).

    It is in Hadith – Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) said “There was Allah ( سبحانہ و تعا لی ) and nothing existed but Him”. He existed from eternity and there was nothing else.” (Bukhari, Baihaqi).

    Consider the above Hadith. It is very very clear. It is important for a physical body to have a place to exist. When Allah ( سبحانہ و تعا لی ) existed when there was nothing, no sky, no universe then where was He sitting. There has to be place for a body to exist. The Hadith also clarifies that Allah’s ( سبحانہ و تعا لی ) existence is pure from the requirement and consideration of a body, form and shape.

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    Understanding Tawheed

    (e) Dr. Zakir Naik claims that commemoration (a ceremony or celebration in which a person or event is remembered) of the Date of birth of Prophets is their reverence (show of respect), therefore it is Shirk. This is a crazy argument, only expected of Dr. Naik. Prophets are teachers of humanity, they have to be shown reverence. Reverence is different from worship. How can you equate these two things. He also claims that there is no mention about it in Quran and Ahadith. Watch his Disturbing Video.

    Read the following Quranic verses and Ahadith which clearly establish the fact that Celebrations of birth days of prophets and their remembrance is mandatory in Islam.

    It is in Quran – اذْكُرُوا نِعْمَةَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ جَعَلَ فِيكُمْ أَنبِيَاءَ (Meaning – Remember and express with gratitude the gracefulness of Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) that He sent Prophets among you (Al-Maa’ida – 20).

    In the above Quranic verse Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) has commanded people to celebrate the births of Prophets who were sent for the guidance of their nations. Therefore, the celebration of the birth of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم), as a show of gratitude and happiness towards Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) is mandatory by the whole world as he was sent as mercy for all the worlds in this Cosmos.

    It is in Quran – وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعَالَمِينَ [ Meaning – We have not sent you (O’Prophet – صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) except for the mercy on all the worlds] (Al-Anbiya-107).

    It is in Quran – قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللَّهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَ‌ٰلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُوا [Meaning – Say O’Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) for Allah’s (سبحانہ و تعا لی) mercy and beneficence (O’believers) you celebrate the happiness. (Younus -58)

    It is in Quran – وَسَلَامٌ عَلَيْهِ يَوْمَ وُلِدَ وَيَوْمَ يَمُوتُ وَيَوْمَ يُبْعَثُ حَيًّا ( Meaning – And Salaam is on Him the day when he was born and the day when he will die and the day when he will be raised alive.” (Al-Maryam – 15).

    In the above verse, Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) has mentioned the complete Milad of Prophet Yahya ( علیھ السلا م ).

    Showing happiness on the birth day of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) who has literally taken us out of Hell by leading us the right path of Islam is a must. How can it be wrong?

    It is very rare that a leader will ask his followers to celebrate his birth day? Did our grand father or father ever asked to celebrate his birth day? It is the children or the grand children who show a lot of enthusiasm and make arrangements for the birth days of their father/mother or Grand parents. However, the parents or grand parents feel happy when their children or grand children show love and care for them. This is just a show of care, love. Where is Shirk in it?

    In the following we have provided Ahadith when Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) happened to visit the places where people were celebrating his birth day (on his Milad day) and showed a lot of happiness on that gathering and also told them that they will get salvation in Hereafter for their act.

    The kind of Milad-un-Nabi (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) celebrations we see now-a-days have developed over a period of time. In the times of Sahabah, we find very sketchy record that this kind of big celebrations were organized. However, we do find individual, small gatherings about Miladun Nabi (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم), as we have quoted in the following Ahadith in which Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) himself attended such gathering.

    With time, our style of living changes. Today we have big buildings, which were not there in the times of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم). We are traveling by Air planes, we have TV, Internet and many other things which were not there earlier. Similarly, celebration of Milad as you see today on mass scales was done differently earlier. But, everyone, including Sahabah, Imams and all Muslims did show happiness on the day of birth of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم). If some one does not want to show happiness on this important occasion, giving excuses, this shows that his claim of love of Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) is only on his lips; meaning he is a Munafiq. It is as simple as that.
    It is in Hadith – Abul Khattab Umro Bin Wahia Kalbi (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) has narrated this Hadith in his book ‘At tanweer fi Mauludil basheer an-nazeer’. Also, Imam Jalaluddin Suyuti has narrated this Hadith in his book “Siblul Huda fi Mauludil Mustafa (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) : Hazrat Abu Darda (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) narrates that “I went to the house of Aamer Ansari (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) along with the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم). Hazrat Abu Aamer (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) was narrating the events of the birth of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) to a gathering of his relatives and children and was repeating; “this was the day and this was the day”. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) said, O’Aba Amer(رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ), Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) has opened the doors of His mercy (Rahmah) for you and the angels are praying for your absolution (Maghfirah). Whoever does this act of yours, he would also get the Salvation like yours”.

    The above Hadith confirms the following.

    (1) Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) has declared that whoever celebrates his (Prophet’s – صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) birth day will get salvation on the Day of Judgment.

    (2) Whoever celebrates the birthday of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم), the doors of Allah’s (سبحانہ و تعا لی) mercy are opened for him.

    (3) Whoever celebrates the birthday of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم), the angels pray for his absolution (Maghfirah).

    It is in Hadith – Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Abbas (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) said that “one day at my home I had gathered people and was describing about the birth of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) and the people were feeling over joyous and were invoking the praise of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) (meaning – reading Durood-e-Sharif) and Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) himself came to our gathering and said “My intercession (hallat lakum Shafa’a) for you has become legitimized.

    The above Hadith is narrated by (i) Imam Suyuti in his book “Siblul Huda”, (ii) Ahmad Bin Hujr Al-Makki (the famous Jurist of Shafi’i school of thought) in his book “Maulud al-Kabeer”, and (iii) Abul Qasim Mohammad Ibn Osman in his book “Addurul Munazzam”.

    Ibn Taymiyyah in his book “Majma’ Fatawa Ibn Taymiyya”, Vol. 23, p. 163 and his book “Iqtida’ al-sirat al-mustaqim”, p. 294-295 wrote as follows.

    QUOTE “To celebrate and to honor the birth of the Prophet(صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) and to take it as an honored season is good and in it there is a great reward, because of their good intentions in honoring the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم).”UNQUOTE

    Ibn Taymiyyah in his book “Necessity of the Right Path”, p. 266, 5th line from the bottom of that page, published by Dar Al-Hadith, has written the following :

    QUOTE – “As far as what people do during the Milad, either as a rival celebration to that which the Christian do during the time of Christ’s birthday or as an expression of their love and admiration and a sign of praise for the Noble Nabi (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم), the angels pray for their absolution (Allah Almighty will surely reward them for such Ij’tiha)” UNQUOTE. Read more ……

    (f) Zakir Naik says that there is no verse in Quran, or any Hadith in the entire Hadith literature which says that it is allowed to visit Graves of Awliya Allah and request them to pray for our well being. View this misleading Video Clip.

    This is another blatant lie. We have listed more than 150 Ahadith and Quranic verses which say it is important to visit Mazaarat and ask for mediation. Even Imam Shafi’i used to go to the grave of Imam Abu Hanifa daily and ask for his mediation. Read following Articles for details.

    The Life after Death

    Visiting the Graves of Awliya Allah

    Misquoted Quranic verses and Ahadith

    View this important Video Clip

    View this important video clip

    (g) Zakir Naik says that making of graves and tombs over graves is Haraam in Islam. This shows his lack of Islamic knowledge and deliberate misrepresentation of Islam to innocent Muslims. He should know that even Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) ordered his pious mazaar to be within a secured room with roofing. After making the mazaar of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) Sahabah did not destroy the room. As a matter of fact it was reinforced and ultimately a large tomb was built on Raudhatun Nabi (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم). Read facts about building tombs over the Graves ….

    (h) Zakir Naik does not differentiate between a dead non-believer and a dead Muslim. He treats even Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) on par with a dead non-believer and claims that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) is dead like any other human being (Muslim or non-Muslim) and he cannot hear or see anything (Nauzubillah – Astaghrifullah). This is the height of illiteracy of a so called scholar. Read the following and many more Articles on our website to know the facts on this subject in the light of Quran and Ahadith.

    Haqeeqat-e-Mohammadi (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم)

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    (i) Zakir Naik claims that it is haraam to say Fateha on Food and he quotes out of the context Quranic verses to fool innocent Muslims. We have quoted 15 Quranic verses and Ahadith to nail down his lies. Click the following links to read details.

    Fateha and Eisaal-e-Thawaab

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    (j) Dr. Zakir Naik praises Yazid and claims that Karbala was a political episode (Astaghfirullah – We pray Allah – سبحانہ و تعا لی to save Islam from hypocrites).
    He says رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ with Yazid’s name and mentions a Hadith in Bukhari in which Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) said the first Muslim Army who will invade the city of Constantinople (presently Istanbul) will be rewarded with Jannah. He claims Yazid was part of that army.

    Zakir Naik’s claim is false, a blatant lie and slander on Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم).

    Not even a single Hadith mentioned in this context in the entire Hadith literature has the word “Constantinople” in its text. However, some Hadith scholars have mentioned the name “Constantinople” in their Hadith guides.

    Read the following facts and you will know the height of Dr. Zakir Naik lies.

    The wording of the Hadith are “awwalu jaishin min ummati yaghzoona madinata Qaisara maghfurullahum”. [Meaning – “The first Muslim army who will invade the city of Qaiser-e-Room (Byzantine empire) will be Jannati.”] Thus, it could be any city of Byzantine empire.

    Read any Islamic History book written by any well known Islamic historian (including Salafi scholar Al-Dhahabi, Ibn Katheer etc.) it is mentioned that the first Muslim invasion of Constantinople, Byzantine empire took place in 42 H in which Yazid was not there.

    The second invasion of Muslims on Byzantine empire was in 43 H under the command of Bu’sr bin Abi Arta, and the Army reached the city of Constantinople. Yazid was not part of this Army.

    The third invasion of Muslims took place in 44 H under the command of Abd ar-Rahman bin Khaled bin Walid. In this invasion, Busr bin Abi Arta also participated and attacked Constantinople from Sea. Yazid was not part of this Army.

    The fifth invasion of Constantinople was in 46 H under the command of Malik bin Abdullah. Yazid was not part of this Muslim Army.

    The sixth invasion of Byzantine empire was undertaken in 47 H under the command of Malik bin Hubaira. Yazid was not part of this Army.

    Three invasions took place on Byzantine empire in 49 H under the commands of (i) Malik bin Hubaira and (ii) Fazala bin Ubair. Fazala bin Ubair captured many cities of Byzantine empire. (iii) The third invasion of Byzantine empire took place in the same year under the command of Yazid bin Shajara Ar-Rahawi, who hailed from Syria. It is wrongly, may be deliberately, claimed by Wahhabis and their like minded Groups that the commander of this Army was Yazid bin Mu’awia, which is not true. Thus Yazid was not part of the three separate armies that invaded Byzantine empire, three times in 49 H.

    The 8th invasion of Byzantine empire took place in 50 H and in this invasion, some people claim that Yazid bin Mua’wia was part of this Army. Thus Yazid was part of the Army of 8th invasion of Byzantine Empire.

    But the Hadith says that the first Muslim Army who will invade Byzantine empire is Jannati. Then how come Yazid is claimed to be Jannati?

    The Salafis mention Hadith Guide book Fatahul Bari written by Ibn Hajar Asqalani in which it is mentioned that ‘the invasion of Constantinople took place in 52 H and the commander of this Army was Yazid. Even if we take this date as authentic, then this will be the ninth invasion of that city, and not the first one. Because, as we have mentioned earlier with authentic sources that 8 invasions had already taken place before this date. Therefore, Yazid cannot be part of the people who are declared Jannati by Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم).

    It is also mentioned in many Islamic History books that at the time of 8th invasion of Byzantine empire, Janab Muawiah wanted Yazid to participate, but he refused. We cannot go into these details here because our Article is becoming too long.

    We do not understand why Zakir Naik wants to favor Yazid against Imam Husain (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ).
    Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal was asked by his son that a group of people (qawm) attribute us to [be with] Yazid , he replied, O son! Whoever believes in Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی), how can they have any association with Yazid? And why should he not be cursed (laanat) when Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) sends laanat on him in his Book. The son asked where did Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) send laanat on him in His Book? The Imam replied “in this saying of Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی)”:

    It is in Quran – ‘Do you then have the sign that if you get the authority, spread disorder in the land and sever your ties of Kinship? These are they whom Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) has cursed and made them deaf from the truth and made their eyes blind’. (Sura Mohammad – صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم), Verses 22-23), and then said, is there any greater fasaad than the assasination of Husain (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ)?

    (Reference – The above is mentioned in multiple sources such as Ibn Hajar Makki in al-Sawa’iq al-Muhriqa page 333, Tafsir Mazhari v. 8. p. 434 Imam Barzanji in al-Isha’at, Qadi Abu Ya’la in Mu’tamad al-Usool, ibn al-Jawzi and so on).

    Ad-Dhahabi, a Salafi scholar wrote about Yazid as follows:

    وكان ناصبيا فظا غليظا جلفا يتناول المسكر ويفعل المنكر افتتح دولته بمقتل الشهيد الحسين واختتمها بواقعة الحرة فمقته الناس ولم يبارك في عمره وخرج عليه غير واحد بعد الحسين كأهل المدينة قاموا لله

    [Meaning – He (Yazid) was a disgusting Nasibi (those who hate Ahle bait-e-Rasulullah – صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم ). He drank and did evil. He started his kingdom with the killing of the Shahid al-Hussain (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) and ended it with the incident of al-Harra (siege of Madina which also makes him directly liable for Lanah as Sahih Ahadith prove). Hence the people hated him, he was not blessed in his life and many took up arms against him after Imam Hussain (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) such as the people of Madina – they rose for the sake of Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) ] ( Siyar al Alam an Nabula, Volume No. 4, Page No. 37-38 )

    Ad-Dahabi also wrote – I say: ‘When Yazid did to the people of Madina, what he did, and killed Imam Hussain (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) and his brothers and progeny, and Yazid drank alcohol, and performed abominable things, then the people hated him and rose up against him more than once. Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) did not bless his life and Abu Bilal Mirdas bin Adya al-Hanzali rose against him.’ (Taarikh al-Islam: wa-tabaqat al-mashahir wa-al-a`lam, Volume 005, Page No. 30)

    Ad-Dhahabi further wrote: Ziyad Haarthi narrated: ‘Yazid gave me alcohol to drink, I had never drunk alcohol like that before and I enquired where he had obtained its ingredients from’. Yazid replied: ‘it is made of sweet pomegranate, Isfahan’s honey, Hawaz’s sugar, Taif’s grapes and Burdah’s water’. Ahmed bin Masama’ narrated: ‘Once Yazid drank alcohol and started to dance, suddenly he fell down and his nostril began to bleed’. (Siyar al A’lam wa al Nubalah, Volume 004, Page No. 037).
    Jalaluddin Suyuti mentions in his book ‘The History of the Rightly Guided Caliphs’ (Taarekh ul Khulufaa al-Raashideen); “Nawfal bin Abi al-Faraat said ‘Once I was with Umar bin Abdul Aziz when a man said in his presence ‘Yazid, the leader of the believers’. Umar bin Abdul Aziz said [in shock] ‘Did you call Yazid the Leader of the Believers’? Umar then ordered for the man to be lashed 20 times”.

    Suyuti further writes that in the year 63 H. Yazid was involved in sacking Madina in killing a generation of the Companions, and in desecrating and robbing Madinah. Suyuti continues that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) and his children are pious and virtuous souls.

    After creating carnage in Madina in the incident of Harrah, the army of Yazid proceeded to Makkah to confront Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Zubair (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ), [ whose father Hadhrat Zubair (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) was the cousin of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) and his mother Asma (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہا) was the daughter of Hadhrat Abu Bakr Siddique (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) ] who had revolted against Yazid after Karbala carnage). In Makka Yazid’s army overpowered Hadhrat Zubair’s (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) army and he was martyred and his body was hung at the city’s gate to terrorize Makkans. In Makka, the Army of Yazid committed unthinkable war crimes. Even Ka’abatullah was heavily damaged in Yazid’s military operation. Read Islamic History for details.

    It is in Hadith – Prophet (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) said, whoever terrifies the people of Madinah, upon him is the curse of Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی), that of His angels and that of all the people of the world. (Sahih Muslim).

    There are innumerable Quranic verses and Ahadith which clearly state that Ahle Bait-e-Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) are pious and virtuous souls.

    It is in Hadith – Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم) looked at Hazrat Ali (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) Hazrata Fatima (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہا) and Imam Hassan and Imam Hussain (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہم) and said ” “I am in war with those who will fight with you, and in peace with those who are peaceful to you.” (Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, al-Hakim, Tabarani, Mishkat, etc.).

    Accusing Imam Hussain (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) is indeed character assassination of the distinguished grandson of Prophet Mohammad (صلى الله عليه و آله وسلم). Many Ulema will agree that character assassination of the deceased Imam (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) by Salafis / Deobandis and their like minded groups is a bigger crime than his physical assassination by Yazid and his cursed supporters.
    All Salafi groups should know that when they declare Yazid was on the right path and say رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ with his name, then they will sure be standing along with Yazid in front of Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) on the Day of Judgment and their judgment will be done along with him. They should also know who stands a good chance to enter heaven – Imam Hussain (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) or Yazid.

    It is in Hadith, Imam Hussain (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہ) is the leader of youth in Jannah and his pious mother Fatima al-Zahra (رضئ اللہ تعالی عنہا) is the leader of women in Jannah.

    To know more, you can watch the following Urdu Video Clips.

    (i) Watch Video Clip – I (ii) Watch Video clip – II (iii) Watch Video Clip – III (iv) Watch Video Clip – IV (v) Watch video Clip – V

    (10) DR. ZAKIR NAIK BANNED FROM ENTERING UK, CANADA AND SOME INDIAN CITIES

    Dr. Naik has been banned from entering UK and Canada since June 2010 for his controversial speeches. Earlier, on October 30, 2009 the Uttar Pradesh Government banned his entry and lectures in Allahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow and other cities in UP State, India, for the same reason.

    A website has been launched by Dr. Naik http://www.zakirnaikban.com where he is trying to influence public opinion in his favor and to create pressure on the three Governments who banned his entry. We do not want to go into details here as this is not the focus area of our Article.

    (11) DR. NAIK’S POLITICAL ACTIVISM

    Lately, Dr. Naik is playing the role of a political activist and a fighter in world politics. He says –

    Quote – “If Osmana Bin Laden is fighting with the enemies of Islam, I am for him. If he is terrorizing the terrorist; if he is terrorizing the biggest terrorist – America, I am with him. Every Muslim should be terrorist. If a Muslim is terrorizing the terrorist, he is following Islam.” – Unquote. View this disturbing video clip.

    This kind of political activism is not good even for Muslims. How can you excite masses to fight with other countries even if it is established that injustices are done by them? This kind of incitements may create great disorder in the world and may lead to bloodshed on streets.

    More than 90% of the countries are run by democratic Governments. There are set of democratic standards to change the people in power.

    We strongly believe that we can change the course of events in the world by explaining to the people the virtues of tolerance, peace and love among human beings.

    It is important that Dr. Naik changes his disturbing rhetoric in public and stop inciting young men and women to fight with people in power in other countries. He can always express his opinion against injustice done to Muslims in the name of terrorism by certain countries in the world. But he should concentrate to change this trend by changing the public opinion in those countries so that they elect honest peace loving Governments. This process may be tiresome and long, but this is the permanent solution to injustice in the world.

    (12) NON BAILABLE WARRANT AGAINST DR.NAIK

    Sahafat.in and DNA News, New Delhi, India reported on May 15, 2011 as follows:

    Jhansi Court, Uttar Pradesh, India issued Non Bailable arrest warrants against Dr. Zakir Naik. A complaint was filed against him by an Indian national Mudassarullah Khan, resident of Chhatapur, Jhansi in 2008 who alleged that apart from the speech, pamphlets were also distributged in Jhansi condemning those who follow the Hadith or the book on the sayings and doings of Prophet Mohammad (saws).

    In April, the Additional District Sessions Judge at Jhansi issued summons asking Dr. Naik to appear before the Court on May 12, 2011. Dr. Naik approached the Allahabad High Court for a stay on the summons. Advocate Shahid Ali Siddiqui, who represents the complainant, said, “Dr. Naik did not appear before the Court on May 12, 2011 and the Court issued a Non-Bailable Warrant against him”.

    Advocate Nazrul Islam Zafri who is representing Naik in the High Court said, “The complaints made against Dr. Naik are frivolous and malicious. It has been filed just to defame him”. The case will be heard by Justice RD Khare of Allahabad High Court.

    The Allahabad High Court will be hearing a petition filed by a Mumbai based Television Evangelist Dr. Naik on May 16 in a three year old case where the Preacher is alleged to have given speeches on television, exhorting Muslims to take up Terrorism.

    Dr. Naik, who heads a Group called the Islamic Research Foundation, Mumbai is alleged to have given the speech in Bangalore. The talk was relayed on his Peace TV Channel on January 21, 2006. Read more …..

    Dr. Naik is a raw gemstone which remained uncut and unpolished. Dr. Naik should have sat in the company of a true Shaikh of Islam for a few years and studied Islam under his guidance.

    If he had studied Islam under a true Shaikh, the Shaikh would have removed the impurities, shapelessness and carved him into a beautiful polished gem which is useful to the People, Governments and Kings alike.

    Alas, Dr. Naik could not use properly the important gifts of Allah (سبحانہ و تعا لی) – exceptional memory, intelligence and debating skills. He thought he can understand Islam by memorizing books on his own.

    Our intention behind writing this Article is not to hurt the feelings of Dr. Zakir Naik, his associates or anyone else. If someone feels that the information in the Article hurts his feelings, we regret it profoundly because this is not our intention. We strongly believe that the information will definitely provide an opportunity to all concerned to correct, for their own good and for the good of Muslim community in the world.

    FURTHER READING

    Shocking Facts about Peace TV

    Dr. Naik’s Islamic Mask and his deceptive Arguments

    http://www.cifiaonline.com/drzakirnaik.htm

  • When we were viewing this programme, we were stunned beyond belief; the shock was overwhelming because we were wondering as to why the Indian Government had allowed an uncensored programme to be aired/televised over this Channel.

    For your information, we just switched on this channel around 10.30pm Sri Lanka time last night (14th October 2012) (IST too is within the same time spectrum) and this went on till 11 pm. The subject was a discussion on Marriage in Islam. There were 3 elderly persons in the panel and one young moderator.

    What these people openly discussing were shocking, vulgar, morally reprehensible, vile and disgustingly foul. If you listen to this you will agree that the Kama Sutra is in the Shade.
    We urge you to call for this tape and see for yourself the filth that had been televised last night (14th October 2012)

    We know that in India you have tough laws with regard to pornography and vulgar material being aired or televised without any restriction and hence the strict requirement that, even before showing any theatre film or TV dramas and even entertainment programmes, that it is imperative that the “Rating” – whether “X Rated” or “PG” Parental Guidance are called to public attention before the tapes are played, aired or televised.
    We are also aware of the fact that “The government of India has made it clear that no broadcaster can air any movie, whether in Hindi, English or any other language, which has been certified as ‘A’ or for Adults Only by the Indian film censor board.
    According to the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, only films certified as ‘UA’ and ‘U’ can be shown by television channels. Any films having an ‘A’ certification will need to obtain re-certification from the censor board as ‘UA’ or ‘U’ before it can be aired.” (Indian Express, August 27, 2012)
    If that is the case how can Peace TV air despicable, loathful and nauseating discussions under the guise of religion?

    We strongly urge you to kindly take very strong action against the station broadcasting raw filth and see that any future programmes be subject to some form of control. They are of the opinion, just because they have been given a license, they can air anything and everything what they want unbridled, without restriction or control.

    Moreover, under the guise of comparative religion, they have been given an open license to insult other religions and other communities. This is an era where people, the world over, are doing the level best to bring about integration and understanding among the various communities and religions, and here, you find the likes of Peace TV sabotaging all attempts at such reconciliation, unity and peace.
    Let them have their comparative religion debates or whatever in their private halls but Let Them Not Transmit them over the air. It is indeed disgusting.
    We are minority Muslims from Sri Lanka, who are living with understanding, feeling and harmony and peace with other communities and religions and we earnestly solicit your very kind cooperation and assistance in this regard.
    Yours truly,
    Ahmed Zamaan

  • apa anda mau menerjemahkan semua debat bapak zakir naik ke bahasa indonesia saya suka debat bapak ada islam vs injil yg sudah saya nonton dan saya pengen nonton yg lain tapi saya tidak paham bahasa lain. saya cuma orang biasa yang pengen tau lebih…

  • Disgraceful hate filled article full of misinformation. Any article which uses Benazir Bhuttos writings to illustrate any shortcomings in Islamic discourse and democracy render the article void.
    Her family are killers and thieves. Where is the democracy in her felon husband and her son INHERITING leadership of a plitical party in a supposed democracy?

    Too much nonsense on setting Shias versus Sunnis and vice versa.
    Once again , typical prosthelizing pakis being hypocrites and probably raping their country at the same time as banging the drums of democracy and sucking the dick of theocracy. Assholes

  • The author sounds like a shia, I watch these channels regularly and can vouch for them being many times closer to Quran and Islam than the tripe that is aired on Pakistani tv, even during ‘Ramadan shows’.

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