On Thursday, Indian press reported that anti-Muslim Modi’s BJP ruling party is planning to ban Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation for allegedly spreading religious hatred and inspiring terrorism.
The IRF, registered as a non-profit public charity was established by Dr. Zakir Abdul Karim Naik, 50, who is considered an expert on Islam and comparative religions. He is sort of Indian Sheikh Ahmed Deedat of South Africa, who loved to debate priests, rabbis, and atheists to spread the message of Islam.
Indian home ministry began investigation of Dr. Naik’s activities on the request of Bangladesh government which claimed that one of the persons involved in terrorist activities in the country confessed to be a fan of Dr. Naik.
Home Ministry has already fired four of its staffers over the renewal of IRF license. Currently, it’s investigating one of its senior official who cleared IRF in 2015 over allegations that the foundation received funds from foreign sources.
It seems Indian government is building anti-Muslim momentum to whitewash its recent military humiliation in its occupied Kashmir state.
Incidentally, on June 6, 2016, Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan accused Israeli agents of carrying out the recent assassinations of country’s anti-Islam Hindu and other minority intellectuals and bloggers. He claimed that he has the proof of Israel’s involvement in those murders blamed on religious Muslim groups.
Hindu extremists in India, are free to kill Muslims for consuming cow meat or low caste Hindus (Dalit) butchered to death over converting to Christianity or Islam, or tens of millions Hindu widows not allowed to remarry – but challenging the domination of Hindu upper-class is as holly as Holocaust.
Dr. Naik has tens of millions of fan in India, United States, Canada, Britain, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and in many other parts of the world. He has delivered more than 4,000 speeches to spread the message of Islam around the world. His Peace TV is watched by 100 million people around the world.
Last year, several British Jewish groups lodged a complaint with country’s TV watchdog Ofcom accusing Peace TV of airing two lectures in Urdu language in which Pakistani scholar Israr Ahmed, PhD, called Jews cursed people.
Dr. Naik is known for his almost-eidetic memory, which allows him to quote chapter and verse from Holy Qur’an, Bible, Talmud, and the Bhagavad Gita. He has often debated preachers and experts from other religions on his TV shows, and impressed them with his knowledge of Hindu, Christian, and Jewish scriptures.
Last year, Dr. Naik won King Faisal International Prize for his services to Islam.
I’m no fan of Dr. Zakir as far as his religious debates are concerned. However, I like the guy for supporting Palestinian and Kashmiri struggles. That’s the reason he is banned in Britain, Canada, Australia, and Bangladesh.