MUMBAI: Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik , facing multiple probes over his alleged provocative speeches, on Thursday said he has no plans to return to India this year even as he claimed his remarks were “blown out of context” and that he has never inspired any terror activity.
When asked about one of his speeches in which he said that suicide bombing is permitted by Islam, he said, “it is haram if innocent people are being killed. But, if suicide bombing is used as a tactic of war, then it may be permitted. For example, in World War II, Japan used suicide bombing as a tactic of war.”
The televangelist, who had cancelled press meets thrice citing pressure from authorities of the venues where they were planned, had a lengthy interaction with media via Skype from Saudi Arabia, rubbishing the charge that his sermons had inspired terror activity, including the Dhaka attack .
“As per my plans I will come back to the country next year. I was not supposed to come back to India this year, I have realised it is easier to answer queries on skype or video conferencing. I am not running away but I have been very busy meeting important personalities. I am available to authorities but as per my plan I will come back next year,” he said.
The Bangladesh government recently banned the broadcasting of Naik’s Peace TV channel after reports that his “provocative” speeches inspired some of the militants who carried out the country’s worst terror attack at a cafe in Dhaka.
His “provocative” speeches had reportedly inspired some of the terrorists who carried out Bangladesh’s worst terror attack at a cafe in Dhaka that left 22 dead earlier this month.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had asked the Mumbai Police Commissioner to conduct a probe (into Naik’s speeches) and submit a report.
Later, the city police formed a special team to conduct a probe into his speeches.
Challenge to Zakir Naik
Challenge to Zakir Naik to prove that suicide bombing is permissible in Islam. Can he prove this from Quran and Hadees? Hadees says that one who kills self can never go to heaven. Then from where Naik the liar drew this inference. This shows that he considers himself above
Quran and Hadees: Muslim Saleem