Indian TV channel’s Investigation: Zakir Naik’s converts were paid to change beliefs, say aides
Admin’s comments: Zakir Naik is a known fanatical Islamic preacher. On Indian TV channels, he has refused to condemn Osama bin Laden as a terrorist, when pin-pointedly asked about 9/11, he said that he does not know if Osama was involved in this act or not (despite Osama bin Laden himself admitting and boasting of it in October 2004). In 2016, the noose was tightened around Zakir Naik after it came to light that terrorists involved in a terrorist attack in Dhaka (Bangladesh) were inspired by Zakir Naik. Naik had been in the news since his sermons inspired two of the five terrorists, who hacked 20 people to death at a cafe in Dhaka in July 2016. Even at that time in July 2016 after being grilled about Osama bin Laden, he had refused to condemn Laden. On being asked about defending Osama, Naik said, “I don’t know him. How can they say I am supporting him when I simply say I cannot comment on him because I don’t know him and I have not done any research on him. The Quran does not allow me to speak about a third person regarding whom I have done no research or study.”
This fanatic has said that non-Muslims should not have the right to preach in Islamic countries, but Muslims can and should preach Islam in non-Islamic countries because other religions are false and Islam is true. (In truth, Islam is false.) He has said that temples and churches should not be allowed to be built in Islamic countries but mosques should be built in non-Islamic countries because other religions are false and Islam is true! “Propagation of other religions is prohibited. Even construction of any place of worship is prohibited,” he said. Explaining why Islamic countries shouldn’t allow people of other faiths to build their places of worship, Naik gives an example. He says he asks non-Muslims who they will pick as a teacher for their school, if there are three teachers– The candidate who says 2+2=3, the one who says 2+2=6 or the one who says 2+2=4. “As far as religions are concerned, we (Muslims) know that only Islam is the true religion in the eyes of God.”
The Islamic State is notorious for keeping sex slaves. Zakir Naik shares similar views and has said that the Quran says that one can have sex with whatever one’s right hand posseses. (This view is correct in the sense that the Quran does indeed permit slavery and sex-slavery, of non-Muslim women.)
He has also defended wife-beating. “If you have a son, and he wants to jump from the roof, you will admonish him.” According to Naik, Allah has given permission to men to beat women. But, he says, men should beat their wives ‘lightly’. “As far as the family is concerned, a man is the leader. So, he has the right,” he says.
Needless to say he has also supported death penalty given to apostates in Islam, to anyone leaving Islam. According to Naik, in case, somebody wanted to convert to another faith, and leave Islam, then capital punishment was the most ‘humane punishment’ for him. So much is his fanaticism. He has also called music as ‘sin’, and defended cutting of right hand as a punishment for theft. http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/07/07/zakir-naik_n_10851550.html
In the past, there were calls and invitations to Zakir Naik for a debate with Ali Sina on the truth of Islam, which Zakir Naik avoided. Ali Sina dismantled Zakir Naik’s false claims in his paper “World’s Greatest Showman”. Naik is not a real scholar but a showman, a magician. His tricks were all exposed by Ali Sina in his paper. Some would claim that that debate between Ali Sina and Naik was supposed to be in writing and not in person. But Zakir Naik has also refused to accept the challenge for a debate even in person by other real scholars. Zakir Naik’s Guru Abdullah Thariq was defeated in a debate by Mahendra Pal Arya, a real scholar of the Arya Samaj. Zakir Naik indulges in propaganda that Vedas have prophesied Mohammed (which is absolutely false, and if true, would only show the ‘Divinity’ of the Vedas that they could foretell coming of a self-styled Prophet like Muhammad thousands of years before Muhammad!) and cow slaughter is allowed in Vedas and quotes some of the Vedic verses [distorted] to support his view and it is confusing to both Hindus and Muslims. Hence, in order to put an end to all the nonsense, Arya Samaj through its Apex intellectual body called Paropakarini Sabha has invited for a debate [Shastrarth] on the following subjects. A formal invitation was sent to Dr Naik to accept and be ready for the debate.
Dr. Zakir Naik did not come for open debates with Arya Samaj scholars, how could he, when his Guru was defeated. But scholar Agniveer of the Arya Samaj dismantled all of Zakir Naik’s lies on this. His lies were also exposed here and one lie by Swami Abhayananda Tirtha.
But thats not all. India Today is a TV channel which is known to be a champion of ‘secularism’ (read anti-Hindu pro-Islamic rhetoric in India, like Leftists defending the fanaticism of Muslims and painting Muslims as ‘victims’). But even this channel has exposed some more of Zakir Naik’s deeds, and shown that many of the people converted in Zakir Naik’s shows were paid to do so! Read this report below to know.
India Today Investigation: Zakir Naik’s converts were paid to change beliefs, say aides
In the televised conversions he presides over, Dr Naik ensures the potential converts say it on camera that they were neither forced nor bribed to change their beliefs.
“Dressed in a suit, he engages with a Christian woman in a quiz over religion as multiple cameras capture his dialogue for a seamless visual delight. On the YouTube channel of his Peace TV, Dr Zakir Naik is seen persuading her to accept Islam. The woman, who claims to have been already inclined towards Islam, switches to the faith after posing some questions to the televangelist across the podium in what takes around 18 minutes on the video-counter to complete the proselytising exercise.
That’s usually how the chief of the Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) is presented on TV by his own production house and followers – articulate, convincing, learned and an authority of Islam.
In the televised conversions he presides over, Dr Naik ensures the potential converts say it on camera that they were neither forced nor bribed to change their beliefs. And they do in what appears to be a transparent platform allowing people to embrace the faith of their choice out of their free will.
But as serious accusations stemming far away from the lights and cameras of TV studios and auditoriums erupted that Dr Naik used dubious means to execute religious conversions, India Today’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) fanned out to Mumbai and Pune to verify the claims.
“NAIK WAS ON SAUDI PAYROLL”
Four correspondents spent 12 days, meeting the IRF head’s present and past associates in the two cities. Quite startlingly, none of them declined allegations of being lured to Dr Naik’s conversion activities. India Today’s investigative reporters spoke to some of the IRF office bearers who alleged that the televangelist was on the Saudi payroll for proselytising.
PA Inamdar, the president of the Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society at Pune’s Azam Campus, hosted Dr Naik’s event in 2008, where the televangelist supposedly converted 12 Hindus and Jains on-the-spot to Islam after a public debate. Inamdar recalled he had expressed his reservations to the IRF chief over those instant conversions. He, moreover, felt they were orchestrated.
“That’s what I am telling you that I spoke with him the moment we stepped down (from the podium) that whatever you are doing (is inappropriate),” Inamdar told India Today’s special crew. “Those who want to convert and convert with full understanding, they need no public platform. According to me, that was all stage-managed,” he remarked.
TACTIC TO ATTRACT FOREIGN FUNDING?
The Azam Campus president shared another grave concern, saying Dr Naik’s proselytising could be his tactic to attract foreign funding. “Second way of looking at it is about getting money from the countries who take interest in these activities,” Inamdar claimed.
He apparently referred to the Arab World that’s currently hosting Dr Naik.
Asked how the televangelist responded to his objections, Inamdar alleged he had termed his conversions a routine. “Yes, (Dr Naik said) it happens routinely,” Inamdar insisted. He again expressed apprehensions that Dr Naik’s on-the-spot conversions could have been pre-scripted. “See everyone has a level of thinking. People’s ability to become emotional and intelligent vary. It’s just emotional. You haven’t learned the A,B,C,D (of Islam) and you abandon the faith of your forefathers after hearing a half-hour speech. That’s either driven by emotions or can be planted,” remarked Inamdar.
Last year, Dr Naik received Saudi Arabia’s most prestigious “Service to Islam” award from King Salman. In 2013, he was honoured with the Islamic Personality of the Year title by UAE PM Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The IRF head of the Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation publicly proclaims his faith as superior to other religions. He, however, denies allegations of inspiring young men to join the Islamic State. In an interview to India Today, he called the terror group “anti-Islamic State”.
But police also suspect that Dr Naik and his IRF are misusing funds from countries like Saudi Arabia to carry out illegal conversions in India. As many as 800 such cases of proselytising traced to them are driven by coercion and allurement, claims Mumbai Police.
This month, an IRF staff and another person were arrested over accusations of forced conversions and radicalisation.
Arshi Qureshi, a guest-relations manager at Dr Naik’s organization, was picked from his house in Navi Mumbai in connection with investigations into the disappearance of 21 youths from Kerala, who are suspected to have joined the ISIS. After his arrest, sleuths took Rizwan Khan into custody.
Khan was a worker at Al Birr Foundation at Mazgaon in Mumbai. The Mazgaon NGO is found to be having links with the IRF, investigators say.
According to Maharashtra’s anti-terror squad, both Qureshi and Khan have converted around 800 people to Islam under suspect circumstances. All the people who converted had visited the IRF, ATS sources told India Today last week.
Before their proselytizing, Qureshi provided them Islamic texts from the IRF, according to top investigators. Later, they were introduced to Khan, who is suspected to have radicalized them, ATS sources said.
Religious conversions carried out by force, inducements or fraud are illegal in several states, such as Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha.
As part of this investigation, India Today’s team visited a madrasa in Mumbai to meet senior cleric Mufti Manzoor Ziayee, who is also advisor at the Haji Ali Dargah, and an old associate of Dr Naik, Asif Khan. Over the past 12 years, Khan’s company in Mumbai has been providing technical support to the IRF for setting up studios and other logistics.
“NAIK EXTENDED BENEFITS TO CONVERTS”
During their conversation with the SIT, Mufti made startling claims that Dr Naik extended benefits to converts. “They were formally paid and got converted,” the cleric alleged when a reporter asked whether a number of Hindus had indeed changed their belief after listening to Dr Naik’s speeches.
“He (the televangelist) gives benefits. He gives a lot of benefits. Not just like that,” Khan added. “If one converts, he gives a lot of support. He helps them stand in the community,” the businessman continued. In his claims, Mufti also alleged Saudi funding behind Dr Naik’s proselytising programs.
“Especially if Saudi Arabia is funding, they (the Saudis) would get to know he’s doing that work for them, making non-Muslims accept Islam. If he doesn’t do that, his funding from there will stop,” the religious leader said.
The SIT dug deeper and tracked down a man who came in touch with the televangelist in the 1990s. Sheikh Irfan is privately employed now. But he was one of Dr Naik’s first interfaces with the people. Irfan was his spokesman in 1992 for some months.
Irfan alleged Dr Naik would brainwash young men into aspects of fundamentalist Wahhabi Islam.
“Basically, these people propagate against tomb visits… (then it’s) jehad… if someone doesn’t agree with you through dialogue, then use force (that’s what they believe in). Even bloodshed is justified,” Irfan alleged.
So far, Dr Naik has refused to return home from his safe haven in Saudi Arabia.
IRF DEFENDS ITS PROGRAMS
IRF defended its programs after India Today aired its special report.
“In its history, (the) IRF has never been involved in forced conversions. Conversion itself is not a primary agenda of (the) IRF,” the foundation said in a statement.
“Its agenda is larger awareness and inter-religious harmony,” the IRF claimed. “All these allegations are based on hearsay and opinions of individuals, who are either disgruntled ex-employees or persons with low regard for IRF and Dr Zakir Naik. (The) IRF would not want to comment on these allegations as Dr Zakir Naik himself has made his views very clear on every such issue in the past few weeks,” it added.
The IRF described itself as a research body that publishes literature on Islam and conducts awareness events.
“People interested in Islamic literature and information contact IRF from time to time and attend Dr Zakir Naik’s events,” it said in its statement.