Zakir Naik a messenger of peace. BJP relating Islam to terrorism: Digvijaya Singh

Singh said if Naik is accused of delivering inflammatory sermons then why no action was taken against the BJP leaders like Sakshi Maharaj, Yogi Adityanath, Sadhvi Prachi for "inciting sentiments".

By: PTI | Pune | Updated: July 25, 2016 4:40 pm
Indian journalists listen to a video conference of controversial Islamic preacher and the founder of Islamic Research Foundation, Zakir Naik, right, in Mumbai, India, Friday, July 15, 2016. Naik, who is presently out of the country, faced a lot of criticism as it came to be known that a few of the attackers of Holey Artisan Bakery in Bangladesh were influenced by his preachings. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade ) Journalists listen to a video conference of controversial Islamic preacher and the founder of Islamic Research Foundation, Zakir Naik, right, in Mumbai, India, Friday, July 15, 2016. (Source: AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade )

Calling controversial preacher Zakir Naik a “messenger of peace” who is propagating the “right meaning and objective” of Islam, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh Friday accused the BJP of “relating” Islam to terrorism.

Singh said if Naik is accused of delivering inflammatory sermons then why no action was taken against the BJP leaders like Sakshi Maharaj, Yogi Adityanath, Sadhvi Prachi for “inciting sentiments”.

Naik, a Mumbai-based tele-evangelist who runs Peace TV network to propagate Islam, has been under the scanner of various agencies after at least one of the attackers on a Dhaka eatery had posted that he was inspired by Naik’s sermons.

“I was invited for the peace conference in 2012 where I shared dais with Dr Naik. His entire speech was based on communal harmony and how Islam is against terrorism and (he) delivered a message of peace.

By propagating the right meaning and objective of Islam to the people, Dr Naik is working as a messenger of peace and it is the BJP which is actually relating Islam to terrorism,” the AICC general secretary said.

Singh, who was returning from after visiting famous Lord Vitthal temple in Pandharpur, addressed the reporters here before heading to New Delhi.

“If Naik is so dangerous then why National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval who was once director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) did not know about his (Naik’s) speeches? “If he was so dangerous and his speeches were inflammatory in nature, which were inciting terrorists, why in last two years the BJP government in state did not file any case against him when all his speeches are (available) on you tube,” he questioned.

WATCH VIDEO: Dhaka Attack: Zakir Naik Says He Did Not Influence Anyone

 

Singh said why no action is being taken against people like Sakshi Maharaj, Sadhvi Prachi and Yogi Adityanath if Naik is accused of spreading violence and hatred.

“All those who incite people on the basis of religion should be punished and punitive action should be taken against them,” he said.

The Congress leader said he was the first minister who had proposed ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and Bajrang Dal “but the then government only banned SIMI and did not take any action against Bajrang Dal”.

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    prakash gotimukul
    Jul 15, 2016 at 4:07 pm
    No hindu gets money from ISI or Saudi to spread hatred. No hindu has spread hatred anywhere in the world incl india. A hindu does not speak of hinduism as a religion of hatred. It only fights for his own rights. Just like Diggi married three times with a girl half his age. No hindu objected to it bcs it is nothing to do with religion. But if u do something aganst the law, then hindu will fight. Like Babri masjid which was proved in court that it was a temple, so it is legitimate to ask for a temple......................Diggi, I think his cerebral condition is failing and giving nonsense arguments. NAIK is a terrorist sympathiser and he will go to jail..............diggi can join him if he wants
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      indian
      Jul 16, 2016 at 1:57 pm
      Typical congress party approach
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        Farida
        Jul 16, 2016 at 4:23 am
        Atleast oneperson has the guts to speak the truth why u r blaming digvijay he is right All common people irrespective of cast and credit r good with tbeir fellow human being. It is the hindu fundamentalist who digvijay refered are poisoning the mind. Look in to their past activities u can urself conclude who is right and who is wrong. We indians want to live a peaceful life but this sadvis and others r crrating problems .. coming to thepoint of zakir nayak as a neutral person and not because he is amuslim i heared mosy of his un doctured vedios he is no where wrong he only calls muslims towords islamnothing other than that. This man is unnessarily targeted because he is teaching true islam which is the religion of peace As a ctizen of india i ask u all indians media etc one question where was this media Arnab goswami sadus and sadvis ministers etc when any innocent people were killed in godra gujarat pregnant women and children were burned alive Is this not biased Did zakir nayak did things like this what about mecca majid blast. i ask every one dont be partial I love peace our islam teaches love and universal brothethood irrespective of caste and religion .u can open and read our book please iam fed of with biased nature towards muslims be fair in urjudgement
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          Farida
          Jul 16, 2016 at 7:53 pm
          Indar sir I read all ur comments u seems to be adecent person even in ur discussions unlike others who use vulgar comments feel humiliatedeven to read. But sir Tariq is totally right each and every word he says is trueand convincible.Sir as u know our religion preaches peace and not hatred To explain the depth of islam one should read the quran with meaning no where u come across any thing wrong. Then why islam and muslims r targeted when some thing happens and no other religion eg sadvi givingsupari killing no one condemed why sir
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            Farida
            Jul 16, 2016 at 7:05 am
            Mr satish islam doesnt allow forced conversion those persons who converted with their own will after they get convinced
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              Farida
              Jul 16, 2016 at 6:35 am
              No sir u r misunderstood our condution says right to fredom of religion i want every one to follow their own religion without hurting others sentiment. I am very much indian most of my friends r non muslims we live with love ana care here the question is why minority is targeted when some thing happens ?
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                Farida
                Jul 16, 2016 at 7:31 am
                Sir first of sll islam doesnot allow killing of othes it s a sin they will not be pardoned secondly zakir never favours terrorism .he clearly says ISIS is anti islamic state of iraq and syria many youngsters r misguided by some otherunknown brain washers who made them to do so.no true muslim will support such acts it is sin in islam
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                  Farida
                  Jul 16, 2016 at 7:12 am
                  Sir in democratic india no one has the right to show doors for other ommunity persons from all community fought equally for the freedom no one has the authority to domain over other community
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