18 October 1965 (age 50)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Alma mater
Kishinchand Chellaram
Topiwala National
Medical College and Nair
University of Mumbai
President of Islamic
Research Foundation, public
Years active
Known for
Founder of Peace TV,
Peace TV Bangla and Peace
TV Urdu
Board member of
Islamic Research
Farhat Naik[1]
King Faisal International
for Service to Islam, 2015
Zakir Naik (born 18
October 1965 in Mumbai,
India) is an Indian Islamic
preacher,[2][3] who has
been called an "authority on
comparative religion",[4]
"perhaps the most influential
Salafi ideologue in India",[5]
and "the world's leading
Salafi evangelist".[6] He is
the founder and president of
the Islamic Research
Foundation (IRF),[7][8] and
founder of the "comparative
religion" Peace TV channel,
through which he reaches a
reported 100 million viewers.
[6][9] Unlike many Islamic
preachers, his lectures are
colloquial,[10] given in
English not Urdu or Arabic,[6]
and he wears a suit and tie
rather than traditional garb.
Before becoming a public
speaker, he trained as a
medical doctor.[3] He has
published booklet versions
of lectures on Islam and
comparative religion.
Although he has publicly
disclaimed sectarianism in
Islam,[11] he is regarded by
some as an exponent of the
Salafi ideology,[5][12] and,
by some, as a radical Islamic
televangelist propagating
Zakir Naik was born in
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Later he enrolled at
Kishinchand Chellaram
College , before studying
medicine at Topiwala National
Medical College and Nair
and later the University of
Mumbai, where he obtained a
Bachelor of Medicine and
source needed] His wife,
Farhat Naik, works for the
women's section of the IRF.
In 1991 he started working
in the field of Dawah, and
founded the Islamic Research
Foundation.[19] Naik says he
was inspired by Ahmed
Deedat, an Islamic preacher,
having met him in 1987.[20]
(Naik is sometimes referred
to as "Deedat plus", a label
given to him by Deedat
Naik is the founder of the
Islamic International School
in Mumbai.[22] and United
Islamic Aid, which provides
scholarship to poor and
destitute Muslim youth.[23]
The Islamic Research
Foundation website
describes Naik as "the
ideologue and driving force
behind Peace TV Network".
Lectures and
Naik has held many debates
and lectures around the
world. Anthropologist Thomas
Blom Hansen has written that
Naik's style of memorising
the Quran and Hadith
literature in various
languages, and his related
missionary activity, has
made him extremely popular
in Muslim circles.[25] Many of
his debates are recorded
and widely distributed in
video and DVD media and
online. His talks are usually
recorded in English and
broadcast on weekends on
several cable networks in
Mumbai's Muslim
neighbourhoods, and on the
Peace TV channel, which he
co-produces.[26][27] Topics
he speaks on include: "Islam
and Modern Science", "Islam
and Christianity", and "Islam
and secularism". The Indian
government banned the
Peace TV channel in 2012.
One of Naik's most-cited
debates was with William
Campbell in Chicago in April
2000, on the topic of "The
Qur'an and the Bible: In the
Light of Science".[30] On 21
January 2006 Naik held an
inter-religious dialogue with
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in
Bangalore about the concept
of God in Islam and Hinduism.
[31] In February 2011 Naik
addressed the Oxford Union
via video link from India.[32]
Every year since November
2007 Naik has led a 10-day
Peace Conference at Somaiya
Ground, Sion, Mumbai.
Lectures on Islam have been
presented by Naik and
twenty other Islamic
Naik argues that scientific
theories were prophesised
by the Quran. For example,
he says certain verses of
the Quran accurately
describe embryological
Islamic Personality of the
Year Award 2013 from The
Dubai International Holy
Quran Award
.[35][36] The award was
presented by Hamdan bin
Rashid Al Maktoum
, Ruler of Dubai and
Minister of Finance and
Industry of the United
Arab Emirates.[37]
On 5 November 2013, the
Department of Islamic
Development Malaysia
conferred a Ma'al Hijrah
Distinguished Personality
award to Naik.[38] In a
ceremony at the Putrajaya
International Convention
, the award was presented
by Yang di-Pertuan
Agong, Malaysia's head of
On 2 February 2015, he
was awarded the King
Faisal International Prize
for Services to Islam.[39]
He is listed in the book
The 500 Most Influential
under honourable mention,
in the 2009,[40] 2010,
2011, 2012 and 2013/2014
Naik says that his goal is to
"concentrate on the educated
Muslim youth who have
become apologetic about
their own religion and have
started to feel the religion is
outdated".[25] He considers
it a duty of every Muslim to
remove perceived
misconceptions about Islam
and to counter what he
views as the Western
media's anti-Islamic bias in
the aftermath of the
September 11, 2001 attacks
in the United States.[43] Naik
has said that "despite the
strident anti-Islam campaign,
34,000 Americans have
embraced Islam from
September 2001 to July
2002". According to Naik,
Islam is a religion of reason
and logic, and that the Quran
contains 1000 verses
relating to science, which he
says explains the number of
Western converts.[44] Some
of his articles are published
in magazines such as Islamic
Biological evolution
Naik has said that the theory
of evolution is "only a
hypothesis, and an
unproven conjecture at
best".[46] According to Naik,
most scientists "support the
theory, because it went
against the Bible – not
because it was true."[47]
Naik has said that Muslims
who convert from Islam
should not necessarily
receive death sentences, but
that under Islamic rule those
who leave Islam and then
"propagate the non-Islamic
faith and speak against
Islam" should be put to
death.[48][49] Another
source states that according
to Naik, "there is no death
penalty for apostates in
Islam, until, the apostate
starts to preach his new
religion: then he can be put
to death."[6]
Propagation of other
faiths in Islamic states
While he appreciates that
people of other religions
allow Muslims to freely
propagate Islam in their
country, Naik preaches that
the dissemination of other
religions within an Islamic
state must be forbidden
because (he believes) other
faiths are incorrect, so their
propagation is as wrong as it
would be for an arithmetic
teacher to teach that 2+2=3
or 5 instead of 2+2=4.
Likewise, Naik argues,
"regarding building of
churches or temples, how
can we allow this when their
religion is wrong and when
their worshipping is
Naik's views and statements
on terrorism have at times
been criticised in the media.
Speaking of Osama bin
Laden, Naik stated in a
YouTube video that he would
not criticise bin Laden
because he had not met him
and did not know him
personally. He added that,
"If bin Laden is fighting
enemies of Islam, I am for
him," and that "if he is
terrorizing America – the
terrorist, biggest terrorist –
I am with him. Every Muslim
should be a terrorist. The
thing is that if he is
terrorizing the terrorist, he
is following Islam. Whether
he is or not, I don't know,
but you as Muslims know
that, without checking up,
laying allegations is also
wrong."[51] When Time
hinted that this remark could
have inspired Najibullah
Zazi's terrorist activities,
Naik insisted: "I have always
condemned terrorism,
because according to the
glorious Koran, if you kill one
innocent person, then you
have killed the whole of
In 2010, Naik said that he
had been quoted out of
context regarding the
remarks on terrorism. "As
far as terrorist is
concerned", he said, "I tell
the Muslims that every
Muslim should be a
terrorist…. What is the
meaning of the word
terrorist? Terrorist by
definition means a person
who terrorises. So in this
context every Muslim should
be a terrorist to each and
every anti-social element.
I'm aware that terrorist is
more commonly used for a
person who terrorises
innocent human beings. So in
this context no Muslim should
ever terrorise a single
innocent human being."[52]
In a lecture delivered on 31
July 2008 on Peace TV, Naik
commented on the attacks of
11 September: "it is a
blatant, open secret that this
attack on the Twin Towers
was done by George Bush
He has also attracted much
publicity for declaring that
"even a fool will know" that
the 9/11 attacks were "an
inside job" orchestrated by
US President George W.
Naik has won several
awards for his preaching,
including the 2015 King Faisal
International Prize for
Services to Islam
,[57] but his expressed
opinions on 9/11 have been
denounced by the United
States[58] and he has been
denied entry into the United
Kingdom and Canada for
speaking engagements.[59]
Views on female slaves
Naik has expressed a view
that Muslims can have sex
with female slaves,[61][62]
[63] which he says is halal in
Other countries
Visit to Australia and
In 2004 Naik, at the
invitation of the Islamic
Information and Services
Network of Australasia
, made an appearance at
Melbourne University, where
he argued that only Islam
gave women true equality.
[65] He said the more
"revealing Western dress"
makes women more
susceptible to rape.[66]
Sushi Das of The Age
commented that "Naik
extolled the moral and
spiritual superiority of Islam
and lampooned other faiths
and the West in general",
further criticising that Naik's
words "fostered a spirit of
separateness and reinforced
In August 2006 Naik's visit
and conference in Cardiff
caused controversy when
Welsh MP David Davies
called for his appearance to
be cancelled. He said Naik
was a "hate-monger", and
that his views did not
deserve a public platform;
Muslims from Cardiff,
however, defended Naik's
right to speak in the city.
Saleem Kidwai, Secretary
General of the Muslim Council
of Wales, disagreed with
Davies, stating that "people
who know about him [Naik]
know that he is one of the
most uncontroversial
persons you could find. He
talks about the similarities
between religions, and how
should we work on the
common ground between
them", whilst also inviting
Davies to discuss further
with Naik personally in the
conference. The conference
went ahead, after the Cardiff
council stated it was satisfied
that he would not be
preaching extremist views.
2010 exclusion from
the UK and Canada
Naik was denied entry into
the United Kingdom and
Canada in June 2010.[59][60]
He was banned from entering
the UK by Home Secretary
Theresa May after arranging
to give talks in London and
Sheffield.[69] May said of the
exclusion order, "Numerous
comments made by Dr Naik
are evidence to me of his
unacceptable behaviour".[59]
Naik argued that the Home
Secretary was making a
political decision and not a
legal one, and his lawyer
said the decision was
"barbaric and inhuman". He
also claimed that his
comments were taken out of
context.[70] Film producer
Mahesh Bhatt supported
Naik, saying the ban
constituted an attack on
freedom of speech.[71] It
was reported that Naik would
attempt to challenge the
ruling in the High Court.[72]
His application for judicial
review was dismissed on 5
November 2010.[19] Naik
was forbidden to enter
Canada after Tarek Fatah,
founder of the Muslim
Canadian Congress, warned
MPs of Naik's views.[60]
Visit to Malaysia in
Naik delivered four lectures
in Malaysia during 2012. The
lectures took place in Johor
Baru, Universiti Teknologi
MARA in Shah Alam,[73]
Kuantan and Putra World
Trade Centre in Kuala
Lumpur.The former Prime
Minister of Malaysia,
Mahathir Mohamad, prominent
figures and several
thousand people attended
the lectures at different
places despite protest by the
members of HINDRAF.[74]
The organizers of Naik's
speeches said their purpose
was to promote harmony
among people of various
Reception, awards,
titles and honors
Naik was ranked 89 on The
Indian Express's list of the
"100 Most Powerful Indians
in 2010".[76] He was ranked
82 in the 2009 edition.[77]
According to Praveen Swami,
Naik is "perhaps the most
influential Salafi ideologue in
India".[78] Sanjiv Buttoo
says he is acknowledged as
an authority on Islam, but is
known for making negative
remarks about other
religions.[59] Sadanand
Dhume writes that Naik has a
"carefully crafted image of
moderation", because of his
gentle demeanour, his
wearing of a suit and tie, and
his quoting of scriptures of
other religions.[79] He is also
listed in the book The 500
Most Influential Muslims
under honourable mention, in
the 2009,[40] 2010, 2011,
2012 and 2013/2014 [41]
editions.[42] In July 2013,
Naik was named as the
Islamic Personality of the
Year, announced by the 17th
Dubai International Holy
Quran Award
Year of award or
Name of award or
Awarding organisation
or government
King Faisal International
Prize 2015[82]
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
King Salman Bin Bbdul Aziz
Al-Saud (King of Saudi
Dubai International Holy
Quran Award’s ‘Islamic
Personality of 2013’[83]
Mohammed bin Rashid Al
Vice President & Prime
Minister of UAE and Ruler of
Tokoh Ma'al Hijrah
Distinguished Personality
International Award of
Abdul Halim of Kedah King
and head of state of
Sharjah Award for
Voluntary Work 2013[85]
Sultan bin Mohamed Al-
Crown Prince and Deputy
Ruler of Sharjah
The Insignia of the
Commander of the National
Order of the Republic of
The Gambia[86]
Yahya Jammeh President of
the Gambia
‘Doctor of Humane
Letters’ (Honoris Causa)[87]
University of The Gambia
In The Wall Street Journal,
Sadanand Dhume criticised
Naik for recommending the
death penalty for
homosexuals and for
apostasy from the faith.[88]
He also criticised him for
calling for India to be ruled
by Shariah law. He added
that, according to Naik, Jews
"control America" and are the
"strongest in enmity to
Muslims." He maintained that
Naik supports a ban on the
construction of non-Muslim
places of worship in Muslim
lands as well as the
Taliban's bombing of the
Bamiyan Buddhas. Dhume
argues that people
reportedly drawn to Naik's
message include Najibullah
Zazi, the Afghan-American
arrested for planning suicide
attacks on the New York
subway; Rahil Sheikh,
accused of involvement in a
series of train bombings in
Bombay in 2006
; and Kafeel Ahmed, the
Bangalore man fatally injured
in a failed suicide attack on
Glasgow airport in 2007
. He concluded that unless
Indians find the ability to
criticise such a radical
Islamic preacher as robustly
as they would a Hindu
equivalent, the ideal of
Indian secularism would
remain deeply flawed.[88]
The Times of India published
a profile of Naik entitled
"The controversial
preacher" after he was
banned from the United
Kingdom. According to The
Times, "the fact is that
barring the band of Muslims
whose bruised egos Naik
suitably massages through
his Islam supremacist talks,
most rational Muslims and
non-Muslims find his brand
of Islam a travesty of the
faith". The Times also
claimed that "the Wahabi-
Salafist brand of Islam,
bankrolled by petro-rich
Saudi Arabia and propagated
by preachers like Naik, does
not appreciate the idea of
pluralism." The article quotes
Muslim scholar Wahiduddin
Khan: "Dawah, which Naik
also claims to be engaged in,
is to make people aware of
the creation plan of God, not
to peddle some provocative,
dubious ideas as Naik does."
He adds: "The wave of
Islamophobia in the
aftermath of 9/11 and the
occupation of Iraq and
Afghanistan have only added
to the Muslims' sense of
injury. In such a situation,
when a debater like Zakir
Naik, in eloquent English,
takes on preachers of other
faiths and defeats them
during debates, the Muslims'
chests puff with pride. A
community nursing a huge
sense of betrayal and
injustice naturally lionises
anyone who gives it a sense
of pride. Never mind if it's
false pride."[89]
Indian journalist Khushwant
Singh says he "disagree
with almost everything [Naik]
has to say about
misconceptions about Islam".
Singh argues that Naik's
pronouncements are
"juvenile", and said "they
seldom rise above the level
of undergraduate college
debates, where contestants
vie with each other to score
brownie points."[90] Singh
also says Naik's audiences
"listen to him with rapt
attention and often explode
in enthusiastic applause
when he rubbishes other
religious texts".[91]
Torkel Brekke, a professor
of religious history in
Norway, calls Naik a "very
controversial figure"
because of his rhetorical
attack on other religions and
other varieties of Islam. He
writes that Naik is "strongly
disliked" by many members
of the Indian ulema for
ignoring their authority and
stating that anybody can
interpret the Quran.[92]
Conservative Deobandi
mullahs have accused Naik
of "destroying Islam" by
driving Muslims away from
the correct religious
Khaled Ahmed criticised Naik
for "indirectly support[ing]"
Al-Qaeda by referring to
Osama bin Laden as a
"soldier of Islam".[94] In
2008 an Islamic scholar in
Lucknow, shahar qazi Mufti
Abul Irfan Mian Firangi
Mahali, issued a fatwa
against Naik, saying that he
supported Osama bin Laden,
and that his teachings were
un-Islamic. Naik claims his
speeches were being taken
out of context.[95]
Praveen Swami considers
Naik to be a part of the
ideological infrastructure
created to feed "Tempered
Jihad", which he defines as
Jihad calibrated to advance
Islamist political objectives.
[78] Swami argued that some
of Naik’s teachings are
similar to those of
organizations advocating
violence, although Naik
himself emphatically rejects
terrorism.[96] According to
Swami, Naik's IRF has
proved to be a "magnet" for
figures linked to the
Lashkar-e-Taiba, while his
message has mesmerised
violent Islamists, and his
works "help make sense of
the motivations of Indian
recruits to the jihad".[78]
Indian Journalist Shoaib
Daniyal disagrees with Naik's
belief that "Americans swap
wives at will because they
eat pigs which also swap
their wives" He also points
out that Naik's statement
that Islam allows a man to
marry multiple women
because "in the USA, there
are more women than men",
disagrees with US
demographic statistics.[6]
According to the New York
Times quoting an anonymous
Indian journalist, the Mumbai
police have barred him from
holding conferences in recent
years "because he stirs
controversy", and Indian
satellite providers have
refused to broadcast his
television channel, Peace TV.



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