Zakir Naik extolling Osama’s views, proclaiming every Muslim should be a terrorist: MHA

The Home Ministry said through speeches and statements, Naik has been promoting enmity and hatred between different religious groups and inspiring Muslim youths and terrorists in India and abroad to commit terrorist acts.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 17, 2016 8:57 pm
Zakir Naik, ISlam preacher Zakir Naik, ISlam, Osama Bin Laden, Zakir Naik, MHA, Zakir Naik MHA, india news, indian express news The Home Ministry said such divisive ideology is against India’s pluralistic and secular social fabric and it may be viewed as causing disaffection against India and thereby making it an unlawful activity. (File Photo)

Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has been extolling Osama Bin Laden, proclaiming that every Muslim should be a terrorist and claiming that if Islam had indeed wanted 80 per cent of Indians would not have remained Hindus, government said justifying the ban imposed on his NGO IRF. In a gazette notification, issued two days after the Union Cabinet decided to ban Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the Home Ministry said the IRF and its members, particularly, the founder and its President Zakir Naik, has been encouraging and aiding its followers to promote or attempt to promote, on grounds of religion, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious communities.

“The central government has received information that the statements and speeches made by Zakir Naik, the President of IRF are objectionable and subversive in nature as he has been extolling the known terrorists like Osama Bin Laden, proclaiming that every Muslim should be a terrorist and claiming that if Islam had indeed wanted, 80 per cent of Indian population would not have remained Hindus as they could have been converted “if we wanted” by sword, justifying the suicide bombings, posting objectionable comments against Hindu Gods, claiming that Golden Temple may not be as sacred as Mecca and Medina and making other statements which are derogatory to other religions,” the notification said.

The Home Ministry said through speeches and statements, Naik has been promoting enmity and hatred between different religious groups and inspiring Muslim youths and terrorists in India and abroad to commit terrorist acts.

It said such divisive ideology is against India’s pluralistic and secular social fabric and it may be viewed as causing disaffection against India and thereby making it an unlawful activity.

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“Statements of some terrorists arrested in the terrorist attack incidents or arrested ISIS sympathisers revealed that they were inspired by the fundamentalist statements of Naik, clearly indicating the subversive nature of his preachings and speeches,” the notification issued by Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry Sudhir Kumar Saxena said.

The Central government is of the opinion that the aforesaid activities of the IRF and its President Zakir Naik are highly inflammatory in nature and prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between various religious groups and communities, the Home Ministry notification said.

“…if urgent steps are not taken there is every possibility of many youth being motivated and radicalised to commit terrorist acts leading to promoting enmity between different religious groups.

“The Central government, having regard to the above circumstances, is of the firm opinion that it is necessary to declare the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) as an unlawful association with immediate effect,” it said.

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    Laxminarayanan
    Nov 17, 2016 at 5:48 pm
    And MHA is extolling the teachings of SCOUNDREL CHANAKYA
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      Ajitdada
      Nov 17, 2016 at 7:23 pm
      ZakiDarshan, They do not go to worldwide and preach the hate. your DungNayik is geting funds from unknown sources from outside India. So please keep your dung inside your mouth.
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        MyTake
        Nov 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm
        This guy apparently knows everything under the sun except what Osama and who Osama is! Very convenient Al Taqiya approach of a modern day political party which goes by the name of religion called Islam!
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          avi
          Nov 17, 2016 at 10:07 pm
          He has shown his colours send him to the lock up !
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            Arun
            Nov 17, 2016 at 10:21 pm
            Let us not generalize issue.To be honest Indian Muslims are as tolerant as Hindus.Actually they have been misguided and used as votes Bank Politics by all politician parties either to remain in power or come to power.It is duty of all of us to see our muslim brothers get better education,employment and also bring them in the main stream of nation.
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              RAMJANE
              Nov 17, 2016 at 7:51 pm
              He was on the target of RSS for the last 5-6 years and they were spreading venom through their Sudarshan Channel. So once chaddi govt came in power they trapped him given an excuse of Bangla. He is a scholar of comparative relgion and even sri sri Ravi Shankar shared dias with him in the past. All these statements about terrorism taken out of context and phrase him. If you watch the full video one will understand he is not talking anything in favor of terrorism. This country is under the lobby of RSS and under sort of miltary room. The w country is in emergency now.
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                Damodar
                Nov 17, 2016 at 4:06 pm
                I would have expected the Indian Express journalist interviewing Mr. Naik and asking him for an explanation. Or, at the very least, it should have verified his comments from an archive. It is too sad when a reputed newspaper only publishes one-sided view of the story (the Government version). Whatever happened to the commitment to provide a balanced story to the public?
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                  i
                  Nov 17, 2016 at 8:13 pm
                  Its time to put the Jihadi dogs to rest for good...lol =)
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