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Zakir Naik associate Arshi Qureshi facilitated 700 conversions, according to police

The brother of a missing convert, Ebin Jacob, had complained that he was taken to Islamic Research Foundation in Mumbai where Qureshi forced him to convert to Islam.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: July 28, 2016 6:03 am
zakir naik, conversion, arshi qureshi, zakir naik associate, islamic conversion, religion chnage, forced religion change, irf, irf scholarship, irf conversion, islamic state, indian express news Police personnel guarding outside Islamic Research Foundation, the office of Islamic preacher, Zakir Naik in Mumbai on Monday. PTI Photo

CONTROVERSIAL ISLAMIC preacher Zakir Naik’s associate Arshi Qureshi facilitated the conversion of 700-odd people, according to police. Qureshi is in police custody after his arrest from Mumbai in connection with a case pertaining to the missing Muslim youths from Kerala.

The brother of a missing convert, Ebin Jacob, had complained that he was taken to Islamic Research Foundation in Mumbai where Qureshi forced him to convert to Islam. Based on Jacob’s statement, police had registered a case against Qureshi under UAPA provisions.

The police alleged that over a period of time Qureshi helped in the conversion of more than 700 people, including those from Kerala. The police said it has to be ascertained whether the conversions were voluntary or forceful.

The Islamic Research Foundation is known to be associated with religious conversions and many among the 21 missing youths had visited the foundation before fleeing the country.

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    Aug 5, 2016 at 3:56 am
    People who were converted and educated by IRF, none has been found to have joined any terrorism related activity. Besides all the false news and allegations and media trial due to BJP insecurity and on fire while seeing people to convert to Islam.
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      Aug 5, 2016 at 3:54 am
      Seriously? are you delusional? when you are intellectually and academically and evidently beaten up, they put junk into your heads? If that is your definition of putting junk into the heads? there may have not been any hope for your head to start with, the junk was already there as you are exemplifying it here.
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        Aug 5, 2016 at 3:52 am
        Why blaming people when they are converting to Islam with illegitimate and baseless accusations - instead of addressing the real insecurity - just blame them for radicalization and terrorism - an accusation to divert people not to justify the accusation? Accusing them for conversion is not a crime in Indian consution but it is a crime to accuse people without evidence for hidden purposes. lt;br/gt;Please do address the real insecurity!!!! that when you see people converting to Islam, your back side start burning much more ridiculously than the the y food you have eaten last night.
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          babu
          Jul 28, 2016 at 2:22 am
          Christians can't win fair now they are taking help from british slaves rsslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Like kerala arch bishop asked Hillary help to stop christun girls marries muslim boy very funny loo sers lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;No one can convert any one by force at least in india
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            nik
            Jul 28, 2016 at 2:41 pm
            People go to IRF themselves out of their free will to choose their religion based on knowledge. On the other hand RSS and BJP go into peoples villages and homes to forcibly convert them to Hinduism by threats and money. The govt. and law reinforcements are facilitating real criminals and framing innocent citizens.
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