Zakir Naik’s Mumbai office cordoned off by police as 'precautionary measure'

Published: July 7, 2016
A file photo of Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.

A file photo of Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.

MUMBAI: Police have been deployed outside Mumbai office of a foundation run by Islamic scholar and preacher Zakir Naik, whose ‘hate speech’ is reported to have inspired one of the five Bangladeshi militants involved in the recent Dhaka carnage, Times of India reported on Thursday.

A senior Mumbai Police official said security personnel have been deployed outside Naik’s ‘Islamic Research Foundation’ office at Dongri area in South Mumbai, as a precautionary measure in the wake of the recent developments.

“We have neither received any threat perception nor particular instructions from the state or central government. We have deployed our forces only as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident,” the official said.

He, however, parried question on whether Mumbai Police has received any particular information or instruction to share some inputs on Naik.

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“There is nothing as such. This is something which is being handled at the state and central government level. But as a law enforcing agency, we are keeping a close eye on the situation,” the official said.

On Wednesday, union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju had told reporters in Delhi: “Zakir Naik’s speech is a matter of concern for us. Our agencies are working on this. But as a minister, I will not comment what action will be taken.”

Bangladeshi newspaper Daily Star had reported that militant Rohan Imtiaz, son of an Awami League leader, ran a propaganda on Facebook last year quoting Naik.

Naik, in his lecture aired on Peace TV, an international Islamic channel, had reportedly “urged all Muslims to be terrorists”.

The Islamic orator and founder of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation is banned in the UK and Canada for his ‘hate speech’ aimed at other religions. He is among 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia.

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He is known in Bangladesh through his Peace TV, although his preachings often demean other religions and even other Muslim sects, the report said.

Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant on Wednesday said he had written to the Union home minister, demanding a ban on Naik and Islamic Research Foundation, in the country’s interest.

Bangladesh asks India to examine Zakir Naik’s speeches

Bangladesh has asked India to examine the speeches of Mumbai-based preacher Zakir Naik after reports that two of the seven terrorists who hacked to death 20 people at a Dhaka cafe last week were inspired by him, NDTV reported.

“Already there are certain complaints from the Maulanas of Bangladesh that his [Naik] teachings are not in line with the Quranic teachings and Hadith,” information minister Hasanul Haq Inu said on Wednesday.

“How much Naik’s teachings influenced the terrorists, that is to be investigated. We are investigating the whole matter,” he said.

Last week, gunmen stormed a popular restaurant in Dhaka’s diplomatic enclave and killed 22 people, most of them foreigners from Italy, Japan, India and the US in an attack claimed by the Islamic State.

Zakir Naik rejects reports

Dr Naik, 50, has been on a religious trip to Makkah since Bangladesh was seared by the weekend’s attack.

In videos made available through his office in Mumbai, where the police has now stationed constables, the evangelist says he is “not shocked” that the Dhaka terrorists had cited him on the social media in recent posts.

“More than 90 per cent Bangladeshis know me, more than 50 per cent are my fans,” he says in English, stressing, “Every fan of mine may not follow everything I say.”

In the WhatsApp-ed video, he says, “I disagree that I inspired this act of killing innocent people”.

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Reader Comments (44)

  • Tp
    Jul 7, 2016 - 6:36PM

    He never lets truth come in the way of a good argument. Already a few western nations have banned him for hate speech. This man belongs in jail. Recommend

  • Ghazal
    Jul 7, 2016 - 6:52PM

    He is a extremist wahai preacher who preaches hate and justifies Osama bin ladin. He is banned not just in west but in moderate Muslim counties like Malaysia, Indonesian and turkey. Only place for him is Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.Recommend

  • Prada
    Jul 7, 2016 - 6:56PM

    He should be exported to Pakistan if they want him.Recommend

  • Saad
    Jul 7, 2016 - 7:22PM

    He should be banned. He thinks he’s too much of a scholar and can say whatever he likes. The fame has gotten to his head and you can see his arrogance in his speech and body languageRecommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jul 7, 2016 - 7:51PM

    Just because he’s a walking theological computer who can shoot down in flames the arguments of clerics from any other faiths make you think he’s arrogant ??Recommend

  • Abu Adam
    Jul 7, 2016 - 8:34PM

    Everybody demands to ban him but nobody will dare to face him in debate….so called liberals finds nothing against him but wants strong action against him under the umbrella of widely so called phenomenon of terrorism and extremism…if anyone wants to fry him then face him in war of wits….Recommend

  • Gambhir
    Jul 7, 2016 - 8:35PM

    He is quite unique. Masquerading as a scholar. Speaks calmly, even as he advocated death to homosexuals, death to apostates, segregation of genders — apparently 50% of the women in the US are raped by coworkers (he spins such yarns without batting an eyelid), and he calls his movement a peace movement!Recommend

  • Jul 7, 2016 - 8:44PM

    Dr Zakir naik is one of intelligent person , if some one is against him , please arrange public debate and I think you will never prove to be terrorist and I think the Indian should proud of him because he is the one who gives identity to India through his public debate internationally.Recommend

  • Babbarsher Khan
    Jul 7, 2016 - 8:46PM

    Freedom of speech is exercised very strangely in India. Salman Rushdie’s most controversial book in the Ummah is banned (by the way it is freely available in Turkey) in this Hindu-majority secular country while this hate monger’s inflammatory speeches, in which he has praised terrorists like Bin Laden and Awlaki are freely accessible. His speeches are “most inspiring” to the brain dead zombies from our faith who have brought nothing but ill-repute to our great religion. It is surprising that Bin Laden’s cousins in the saffron camp (they are equally vicious) have not noticed him yet and taken any “punitive actions”. Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jul 7, 2016 - 9:49PM

    @Abu Adam:

    Everybody demands to ban him but nobody will dare to face him in debate

    There can be no debate on his open support for terrorism.Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jul 7, 2016 - 9:51PM

    @Babbarsher Khan:
    India is not a secular country. India doesnt have freedom of speech and expression.

    @laiq zaman:
    @Abu Adam:
    He never debates. He only answer questions in whatever way he fits.Recommend

  • HZR
    Jul 7, 2016 - 10:04PM

    You are correct.He is fake scholar and holds no academic qualification or distinction except for his medical degree and is likely to have failed as doctor as well.Religion is the last resort of such “Scholars”Recommend

  • HZR
    Jul 7, 2016 - 10:06PM

    @Abu Adam:
    Debating with intelligent people helps ones understanding.Debating with fanatics and closed minds will only be like banging your head against wall.Of what use is debate with such personsRecommend

  • HZR
    Jul 7, 2016 - 10:08PM

    They are called HitlerRecommend

  • FAZ
    Jul 7, 2016 - 10:19PM

    How sadly ironic..
    In a super power, the king of all hate speakers is running for PresidentRecommend

  • whats in the name
    Jul 7, 2016 - 10:21PM

    @laiq zaman:”he is the one who gives identity to India through his public debate internationally…” That Pakistan’s image internationally is in the ruts is well known.. why don’t you offer him citizenship and keep him there and improve your image through his debates…..
    Thanks but no thanks…Recommend

  • abhi
    Jul 7, 2016 - 11:44PM

    I pity the person who think Naik is intelligent. Mostly fools are following him. And now thase fools are blowing themslevs up.Recommend

  • faris
    Jul 7, 2016 - 11:53PM

    He never claimed to “urge muslim to be terrorist”that is out of context . he said on his speech that a terrorist is someone who terrorises likewise muslim should be terrorist to the antisocial element.. for example a policeman terrorises a robberRecommend

  • Usman Toronto
    Jul 8, 2016 - 1:24AM

    I found Dr zakir excellent spokesperson, whi gas great knowledge of Islam and other religions quite well.
    He doesn’t believe in hate or anyone who inspired from him for being hate is propaganda.Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Jul 8, 2016 - 1:27AM

    My muslim brothers. Happy EID. Please do give eidi to children in home and wherever. Now, India is a liberal country. Naik has been banned in many muslim countrie, western countries but not in india. Naik is being investigated now on the request of Bangladesh. Tomorrow this kind of request may even come from Pakistan. Now, 7 Italian have been killed. Italy’s PM cut short his foreign visit and went straight to Airports to receive dead bodies of Italians. Sometimes back, Italian navy soldiers killed an indian fisherman in sea. Italian claimed it was in line of duty and india said it was a murder. Indians arrested these soldiers and tried them in court. These two soldiers spent years in jail in india and used wear their soldier uniforms in court unlike Raymond Davis. Italy went to UNO for their release but India did not agree. Only when full compensation was paid to family and they spent few years in captivity, AND, Italy agreed to vote for India in NSG, only then they were released. Italy may ask Naik’s detention or questioning. Italy may take it up in UNO to ban him. Now will China support Italy for his ban or will stand by him like it did for Pakistanis named in terrorism. Other citizens who died were 5 Japanese. India will get all the mileage it can get out of it.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jul 8, 2016 - 1:30AM

    @Babbarsher Khan:
    At least he is very well versed in all the major religions unlike the rabblerousing illiterate mullahs one finds on every second street corner here ! Recommend

  • gp65
    Jul 8, 2016 - 1:58AM

    @laiq zaman: “Dr Zakir naik is one of intelligent person , if some one is against him , please arrange public debate and I think you will never prove to be terrorist and I think the Indian should proud of him because he is the one who gives identity to India through his public debate internationally.”

    1. No one is questioning Zakir Naik’s intelligence.
    2. No one is trying to themselves to be a greater Islamic scholar than Zakir Naik
    3. No one is saying Zakir Naik is a terrorist. They are saying he is guilty of hate speech and he should be prosecuted for that
    4. Canada, Malaysia and UK have banned him for hate speech. There is nothing to be proud of such identity.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 8, 2016 - 3:17AM

    Zakir Naike supports terrorists in a unique way. He brings bad things of other religions and societies into limelight, condemns them and creates hatred in the hearts of his followers. He is a termite who has provided lot of fuel to terrorists. Recommend

  • Bhangi
    Jul 8, 2016 - 3:42AM

    Naik’s twisted ideology doesn’t belong in today’s world. Recommend

  • ajeet
    Jul 8, 2016 - 3:47AM

    @Haji Atiya:
    In any debate with him, he is both the participant and the judge and it happens Always at his place of choosing before his supporters. No wonder he wins. Recommend

  • Ajay
    Jul 8, 2016 - 4:52AM

    The sum of his approach in all his speeches is that Islam is superior to all religions and people who follow other faith should convert to Islam. If he thinks he is able to defeat others by his arguments, he and his followers are most dumb who have no idea of spirituality or the real purpose of religion. Alas such cheap gimmickry is applauded by Muslims and such shallow minded persons who just shoot certain chapter number verse number like a parrot are called scholars in islamic world. There is something basically wrong with the way Islam is flaunted or treats people of other faith.Recommend

  • Yak
    Jul 8, 2016 - 5:32AM

    @Haji : Just because you are gullible and simple minded like the rest of the crowd sitting in his sermons and clapping and cheering his theatrical performances day in and day out which is mostly emotional and design to appear intelligent and full of lies and half truths does not make him smart rather make him a con-man selling religion like door to door salesman. Here are some of his balatant lies :

  • M. Emad
    Jul 8, 2016 - 6:11AM

    ‘Book of Peace-TV, Chapter Number 1, Verse No – 3’ . . .Recommend

  • Tauha
    Jul 8, 2016 - 6:54AM

    people commenting negative about dr. zakir naik should arrange a public debate with him and a scholar of their choice and let the people on the right path win.Recommend

  • Jul 8, 2016 - 7:10AM

    This guy saws the seeds of terrorism promoting Muslims to actual act of terrorism. Recommend

  • khan
    Jul 8, 2016 - 7:54AM

    Dr zakir has been inspirational for millions of Muslims,this happens only when you have no answers to his questions and then you raise your voice behind the false allegations,poor media once again exposed against their continuous attempt to attack Islam through all means.Recommend

  • Foxtrot
    Jul 8, 2016 - 9:16AM

    You know that you are speaking the truth when people are too scared to debate with you, but demand an unequivocal ban on your right to speak and even right to exist…Guess who has won with the truth today??Recommend

  • EatCow
    Jul 8, 2016 - 3:22PM

    Obviously india only respects people like Khulbushan YadavRecommend

  • BeefLover
    Jul 8, 2016 - 3:23PM

    SECULAR Republic of Hindu-stanRecommend

  • RAW
    Jul 8, 2016 - 3:25PM

    HAHAAHAHAH indians depirately trying to prove their secularismRecommend

  • Ramakrishna
    Jul 8, 2016 - 3:29PM

    As an indian, we must admit that intolerance has increased in our country and we have become a pure hindu country now thanks to modi! Recommend

  • Gadha
    Jul 8, 2016 - 3:32PM

    @Chacha Jee:
    If india was so great indians would not be moving to UAE and rest of the world like a heard of sheepsRecommend

  • Abu Adam
    Jul 8, 2016 - 5:40PM

    He does debate and u will find videos in if not on YouTube ….yes its been a while he hasn’t debated with anyone but that’s because nobody accepts his challenge now…Recommend

  • logical pakistani
    Jul 8, 2016 - 8:57PM

    Just because you dont agree with him does not make him hate spreading wahabi Mr Saad ObaidRecommend

  • genesis
    Jul 8, 2016 - 10:25PM

    It was until the likes of this schizo turned up and to prevent hatred he should be banned,passport cancelled and office sealed.Funds in the banks should be frozen for him to get a taste of liberal India.Recommend

  • genesis
    Jul 8, 2016 - 10:28PM

    Will you allow me to debate about Islam and need be criticise the religion In Pakistan.that is exactly what he is doing in India misusing the freedom and tolerance of people.Why you would have killed me for blasphemy because that is the law.India too should have blasphemy laws for the like of NaikRecommend

  • genesis
    Jul 8, 2016 - 10:32PM

    @logical pakistani:
    Why not ask him to settle down in paksitan and see whether he will do so.He is too smart and know where his bread is buttered.See where his bank accounts are.They are all in the land of the disbelievers and kaffirs.Not the true people.In god he may trust but rest is strictly cash for him.Recommend

  • Munawar
    Jul 10, 2016 - 7:42PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    To most of the commentators here actually, has anyone of you ever gone through any of his sessions, complete sessions. What hate speech are you talking about??

    There are literally more than thousands of different sessions that he has conducted can anyone find a single of one of them where he is instigating violence or terrorism. The video that is shared has ben taken out of context, where he is actually answering someone question and providing him reasoning, not justifying terrorism. Why so much hate.

    Is it only because your religion is not stronger than his religion?Recommend

  • Mahnoor
    Jul 14, 2016 - 10:36AM

    dr zakir is not banned Malaysia. i wonder what kind of journalism is this where they just say things without slightest sense of responsibility. he is actually bestowed theTokoh Ma’al Hijrah Distinguished Personality International Award of 2013 from malaysian govt.Recommend

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