Britain bans Dr Zakir Naik: report

Britain banned a popular Muslim preacher, Dr Zakir Naik from entering the country, a paper reported on Friday.

Afp/express June 18, 2010

Britain banned a popular Muslim preacher, Dr Zakir Naik from entering the country, a paper reported on Friday, citing the interior minister.

Dr Zakir Naik, a 44-year-old television preacher, had been due to give a series of lectures in London and northern England but new Home Secretary Theresa May decided to bar him, said the Daily Telegraph. "I have excluded Dr Naik from the UK," said May, cited by the paper. "Numerous comments made by Dr Naik are evidence to me of his unacceptable behaviour.

"Coming to the UK is a privilege not a right and I am not willing to allow those who might not be conducive to the public good to enter the UK." May, a Conservative politician who became home secretary in the new government last month, has the power to exclude or deport an individual if she believes their presence in Britain could be dangerous.

Naik had been filmed on a website making inflammatory comments, interior ministry sources told the newspaper.

According to the Telegraph, in a web posting from 2006, he said: "Beware of Muslims saying Osama bin Laden is right or wrong. I reject them... we don't know. "But if you ask my view, if given the truth, if he is fighting the enemies of Islam, I am for him. I don't know what he's doing. I'm not in touch with him. I don't know him personally. I read the newspaper. "If he is terrorising the terrorists, if he is terrorising America the terrorist, the biggest terrorist, every Muslim should be a terrorist."

Dr Zakir Naik is a popular scholar among Muslims across the world. He has delivered speeches and held conferences in various countries. His views about terrorism, jihad, Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda which have sparked controversy in the West can be found on the following links:

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MZS | 11 years ago | Reply The biggest terror attack ever was by US by dropping two atomic bombs in japan. Who were killed? innocent Japanese civilians Does any nation have the guts to call US a terrorist for that act or its just collateral damage, Osama and like minded have learnt all this from US and may be justifying themselves quoting US attacks,there is nationalist terrorism also, it exists and thriving in one form or the other.All collateral damages and death are justified by US. Same is being done by AL Qaeda. We must not ignore this and call spade a spade.Tomorrow oil producing nations stop supply to US next moment they will be invaded, one nation has already been invaded through conspiracy. Regarding Zakir Naik ,UK has all the right to stop his entry but the reasons which has been given is all hypocrisy. If correct reasoning is done one will find he has always condemned terrorism. For his behaviour against different religion he never abused other religions. He may appear harsh but thats his shortcoming and he must correct for that.
Shabbir Bukhari | 11 years ago | Reply Dr Zakir is a hate preacher.He pretends to encourage the inter faith dialogue but in reality he is supremacist.He often calls scholars of other faiths and humiliate them in-front of a large Muslim audience.As for UK govt banning him, I think its a welcome step. By not directly condemning the acts of terrorism such people indirectly condone the acts of Islamists and Jihadists who think they have lenience to kill all the westerns.
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