ISLAMIC PREACHER Zakir Naik, under fire for his speeches, Friday urged his followers to refer to the terrorist group ISIS as the “Anti-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” and claimed the media in Bangladesh and India had quoted him out of context.
In four videos shot from Mecca, where he is currently on umrah, Naik said the “enemies of Islam” were promoting the IS. “Unfortunately, unintentionally, ignorantly, many of us Muslims and the Muslim media, they promote the enemies of Islam. The enemies of Islam have coined this word ISIS — Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and when the non-Muslim media says that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has killed innocent people, many of the Muslims repeat the same thing,” he said.
In the video “Dr Zakir Naik’s view on ISIS killing innocent human beings”, he continued, “If you ask me the question, have the ISIS killed innocent human beings? I would say no, it is the ‘Anti-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’ which has killed the innocent human beings because Islam condemns the killing of innocent human beings. The Quran says so — if anyone kills an innocent human being, Muslim or non-Muslim, it is as though he has killed the whole of humanity. So how can any Muslim kill an innocent human being?”
He added, “So if I say in my speech that the Islamic State is killing innocent human beings, I am actually confirming that they are Islamic. What I will say that the Anti-Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which is killing innocent human beings. I should not say ISIS, we should say AISIS, Anti Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Similarly, in Arabic we call them Daesh, that is completely wrong, we should call them dakaesh. Because they are anti-Islamic. I request all the Muslims in the world, as well as the Muslim media, please don’t help the enemies of Islam in attacking Islam.”
In the next video, Naik said the media in Bangladesh and India quoted him out of context while reporting a speech. He urged media outlets to verify information before publishing it.
In the third video, he reads comments by readers to a story by the Bangladeshi newspaper The Daily Star. All comments except one, Naik claims, are in his favour and readers call out the newspaper for presenting no evidence before claiming that Naik supports the spread of jihad. “If you verify you will come to know that I am totally against terrorism. I am totally against killing any innocent human being,” he says.
Naik condemned the July 1 terrorist attack in Dhaka in his final video, saying, “If anyone tries to justify that killing innocent human beings is Islamic is actually speaking against the Quran and the authentic sayings and hadith of the Prophet.”