Dr. Zakir Naik: A Modern Charlatan

Written by September 7, 2011 12:55 am 60 comments

Britain for far too long has been a breeding ground for would-be terrorists due to its lax laws. Therefore the tough stance taken last year by British home secretary Ms. Thersea May to ban the entry of self proclaimed Muslim preacher Dr. Zakir Naik into United Kingdom comes as a breath of fresh air. The British authorities were quick to refuse admission to Mr. Geert Wilders, a respected member of the Dutch parliament, on account of stoking inter-community tensions. However this is the first time that Dr. Naik, a hate monger and a radical terrorist supporter, has been denied a British visa.  Although Dr. Naik makes it clear that he does not advocate specific acts of terrorism, his inflammatory speeches makes it abundantly clear where his sympathies lie. He seems to have a personal grudge against the west in general and a specific revulsion towards United States. This is what he had to say when questioned about Bin Laden:

“But if you ask my view, if given the truth, if he is fighting the enemies of Islam, I am for him. I don’t know what he is doing. I am not in touch with him. I don’t know him personally. If he is terrorizing the terrorists, if he is terrorizing America the terrorist …. I am with him. Every Muslim should be a terrorist.”

This particular statement is an instigator for Muslim youth to commit different acts of terrorism. The American terror suspect Mr. Najibullah Zazi, arrested in 2009 for planning suicide attacks on the New York subways, was reportedly inspired by the provocative and hate filled speeches of Dr. Naik on YouTube.

Zakir Naik has been swift in passing judgments on the morality of Western women. His exact words were:

“Western society has actually degraded [women] to the status of concubines, mistresses and social butterflies, who are mere tools in the hands of pleasure seekers and sex marketers.”

On the contrary he fails to take into account the fact that slavery was never abolished by Islam. In fact it permits polygamy, and the practice of keeping concubines was prevalent even during the reign of Muhammad. Koran sanctions the use of concubines in the following verse:

And if you fear that you cannot act equitably towards orphans, then marry such women as seem good to you, two and three and four; but if you fear that you will not do justice (between them), then (marry) only one or what your right hands possess; this is more proper, that you may not deviate from the right course. (Koran 004:003)

The right hand possessions in the above verse have been interpreted by various Islamic scholars to be concubines. Muhammad himself had a number ofzakir_naikconcubines, apart from several wives. Among them was Maria the Coptic who was a Christian slave gifted to Muhammad by an Egyptian ruler. Maria’s name has not been found to be listed anywhere as the wife of Prophet in the earliest sources of Islamic history such as the notes of Ibn Hashim on Ibn Ishaq’s sira. Muslim theologians however try their level best to prove that the Prophet actually married Maria, in order to scale down the criticism of his disgraceful deeds. Obviously Dr. Naik conveniently overlooks this aspect of Islamic history. Even today Muslims spring up immediately to defend this despicable example of misogyny. To be fair it was actually the American Civil war that led to the near-eradication of slavery on a global scale.

Dr. Zakir Naik has also been quoted as saying that Western women make themselves more susceptible to rape by wearing revealing clothes. Such a sweeping statement explicitly clarifies his stance. The underlying message is that women should be controlled and put behind several layers of veils. They are inferior beings and their purpose in life should be to act on the whims of their husbands and to raise kids. Dr. Naik expediently puts the entire onus on the shoulders of women. Men in his contrived view can carry on with their lustful activities.   This also runs contrary to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 article 1, which states.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act toward one another in the spirit of brotherhood.

The assertion by Dr. Naik  is also inconsistent with the facts. Developing countries have a higher rate of rape incidents. This is because of poverty, lawlessness and anarchy. In many Islamic countries rape victims refuse to report the crime because of the shame associated with it. There were actually laws in Pakistan known as the Hudood laws based on Islamic injunctions which advocated the incarceration of the rape sufferer in case she fails to provide the law enforcers with four witnesses. Several women were put behind bars under the pretext of these laws. These have now been amended. However the main gist remains intact. Ironically it was the Islamist parties who were its biggest proponents and tried their level best to delay legislation for their revocation.

Another heart wrenching story is of Dr. Shazia Khalid. She was posted as a medical doctor at a hospital in a small town of Sui in Pakistan. She was an employee of Pakistan Petroleum Limited, a state owned oil exploration company. She was allegedly raped by an officer of the Pakistan army who was actually a part of a military contingent guarding the state owned facility. Later she was prohibited from reporting the case. When the news finally went out, the authorities hounded her immensely thus forcing her to flee from the country. She was eventually granted political asylum in the United Kingdom. Not a word in her support was uttered by any cleric or Islamic scholar. This is what one gets for being a modest and chaste woman.  Her dignity was after all restored in an “infidel” Western country.

Dr. Zakir Naik has also claimed to have found scientific miracles in the Koran. All the holy scriptures were written between 2000 years before Christ and 200 years after Muhammad. Modern science includes the period from Galileo, Newton up to Einstein and the current century. The two are at odds. None of the scriptures teach science. His half truths and myths have been debunked by Ali Sina who is a leading critic of Islam. Naik is a showman who is able to impress his audience by memorizing and quoting directly from various scriptures. He has also been accused of inflaming communal feelings with this strident debating style. He is also a proponent of the death penalty for apostates. He should be completely barred from the Western capitals until he changes his uncivilized behavior.

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  • @ Arvind Iyer,

    Here’s a link to some of Sina’s thoughts on atheists whom he dismisses as fanatical, Hindus and Buddhists whom he thinks are paragons of virtue, and then upholds the divinity of Jesus the christ and ofcourse concurs with your own view of islam since he finds place in the essay above as a counterpoint to the non freethinker,naik.


    In short Sina comes across as a facsimile of some sort of Sam Harris and his “End of faith” philosophy.
    In which case he and his fellow freethinker Arvind Iyer,would need to be told what Meera nanda spelt out for harris in no uncertain terms,
    i.e ” “””I reject the very premise that any religion is inherently violent or inherently peaceful. One simply cannot brush away the social and political context in which religious ideas express themselves for the good and for the bad.)”””

  • Actually, William Wilberforce started the ball rolling for the abolition of slavery, and he predates the American civil war by almost 100 years.

  • Before you write anything against Islam and Quran I would encourage all the people to read the Quran once with an open mind. Of course having an open mind is indeed difficult as even many freethinkers struggle to be non-biased.

    I know that Quran has saved countless lives and it saved me for I having tried Brahmanism(was born into it), Buddhism and parts of christianity I finally found the truth in Islam. I stopped me from taking the gun and shooting me head off. I thank Allah for giving me the truth and life.

    May Allah grant you unbelievers wisdom one day.

    • Interesting to read about your interfaith exploration…and somewhat dismaying to read about its eventual conclusion which doesn’t seem to leave one much better off compared to the start. Some problems which arise whenever exceptionalism is claimed for one religion while rejecting others, are the following questions: If there are arguments that convince you to reject the claims of Dinesh D’Souza and Tarun Vijay quoted here, don’t those arguments also apply to Ahmed Deedat? (Switch around the names and the question is the same) Why should our options of a worldview and lifestyle be limited to choices between the tyranny of ‘non-proselytizing faiths’ and the manifest destruction wrought by ‘religions of Peace’? Why not give real peace a chance by shunning these sectarian labels?

    • I was on the fence with respect to faith until I read the Quran. Only after reading the Quran did I chose to get off the fence. Islam propelled me towards atheism. By the way I must ask – Have you read the Quran yourself?

      Check this out.


      Tell me what is beautiful in the Quran.I promise you in return to show at least 2 things that are vile for every one thing that you find beautiful.

    • BTW. The Quran and the Hadith are very clear about what your duties are with regards to the people of the faiths you have left. Do you slay the unbeliever where you see them, my friend?

      The fact is while your life was saved by the Quran, no book currently takes as many lives as it does. And funnily enough most of the lives lost are Muslim ones. The most dangerous place for a Muslim to be today is not outside a church in american or a courthouse in europe, BUT inside a mosque in Iraq or Pakistan.

    • When i understood vedic perspective at looking world, i understood the real essence of life and i started feeling oneness in each and every individual, living and non living things. I started feeling blissfullness in everything, being only Human spiritual being after knowing Vedanta, it has changed my life completely and i understood that weather u follow Islam, Christinity or any other religion when u know the inner divinity within every thing and its interconnectedness with every thing which we perceive then there are no barriers or boundries between every individual and we become one unified field of consiousness.. i truely feel blessed after knowing this secret after reading and understanding vedantic studies… Highly recomended for everyone to understand vedanta with open mind in this life time!!

  • What I find dissappointing, is when Muslims condemn American imperialism- yet remain oblivious to Islamic imperialism which is just as big a threat as American imperialism :\ Anyone who has seen/heard what Naik preaches, would point out that he too is a imperialist and a hypocrite, of course they would see this in him if they weren’t full of pro-Islamic bias.

  • Let me tell you how we learn what islam means:
    When we hear bombs, we hear islam.
    When we see women dressed in black sacks, we see islam.
    When we learn of amputations and stonings, we learn about islam.
    When we read about sexism and homophobia, we read about islam.
    When we face animality, anger and greed for power, we face islam.
    When we smell death, we smell Islam.
    When we hear muslims say peace, we know they mean war.
    Islam is just one big F-ALLAH-CY!

    • Dear Horin, that is Islamophobia. It is irrational and dangerous. And it probably has nothing to do with atheism. Bombs, death penalties, sexism, homophobia, anger, greed, power, death are not exclusive to Islam. And when Muslims say peace, some of them may mean it to be war, just as some Christians or Hindus or what have you, may mean it as thus. Fallacies are committed by all in various degrees, but when you spell it out as Fallahcy, it also speaks of prejudices you harbor against a section of people who are internationally, and especially in India, hatefully targeted simply because of their specific religious associations.

  • Aftab has hit the nail on the head. This type of hate preaching and defaming other religions in order to promote ones own is a very dangerous practice. It will create hatred and fights between different religions.
    In short Zakir Naik is doing with words what the Mughal tyrant Aurangzed did with the sword.
    If it was any other country he will be behind bars.

  • He was the last Mughal emperor who was a bigot and forced Hindus to get converted. He killed thousands of them and kidnapped their wives and young girls. The ‘labbai’ sect of Muslims are the descendants of these raped women. He also forced Hindus to pay a tax known as Jazya. Those who cant afford should get converted to Islam. Check on the net.. All his achievements are there. After him the Mughal empire fell down rapidly in India.

    • Captain Mandrake


      Much of what you write is Hindu propaganda. Aurangzeb did nothing that was different from what a emperor typically did (taxation and putting down rebellions) to keep his far flung empire together. Your analogy between Zakir Naik and Aurangazeb does not hold.

      A better analogue for Zakir Naik would be Hindu con artists like Sri Sri Ravishankar who recently endorsed Narendra Modi for PM and called him a nice man.

      • Aurangzeb destroyed hundreds of temples physically. Zakir Naik aims to destroy them by saying people should not go there as they contain idols and the Bhagavad Gita chapter 7 verse 20 says don’t worship idols (this is the greatest lie but people don’t even bother to verify his statement. By saying Kalki Avatar is Mohammed the Prophet, Zakir tells people, that even Kalki (God Vishnu’s avatar) has asked you to worship Allah, so get converted to Islam. Hence he has raped the soul of the ignorant Hindus who get converted believing the Lier.

  • @ Captain Mandrake, pl read: “ISLAMIC JIHAD – A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism and Slavery by M. A. Khan This book is available for free download from the Web.

  • Oh Naik, Oh Naik,
    With looks of a stoic!
    I bow to you, Doctor,
    As never do you err,
    In reciting verses from scriptures any,
    Be it Quran or Gita or Bible so many:-

    You know the chapter and verse number,
    And can recall them even in slumber!
    But a closer scrutiny by the indefatigable
    Will always reveal a meaning unfathomable,
    Though concealed with a skill unimaginable,
    Stultified to look Islam amicable!

    Well had the ‘set up’ audience learn to trace
    The mischievous smile in the bearded face!
    Full well they laughed with counterfeited glee,
    At all his jokes, for many a joke had he!
    Full well the questioner knows that it is futile:
    To convince the great doctor of guile!

    Yet he looks kind or if severe in aught,
    The love he bore to Islam was in fault.
    Great extents can he go, to defend the faith
    As he is lured by the million dinar bait!
    Greater extent likewise to defame the other theology
    Which to him is a mere crapy mythology!

    While words of learned length and thundering sound
    Amazed the ignoramus audience ranged around:
    And still they gazed and still the wonder grew
    That one small head could carry all he knew!
    Shouldn’t they think or look around,
    As empty vessels make the most sound?

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