Zakir Naik's presence at FIFA World Cup in Qatar draws flak

New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS): Qatar inviting controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to give religious lectures during the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Doha has not gone down well with many people in India.

Naik, who is currently in exile in Malaysia since 2017, has been charged in India with hate speech, promoting enmity between groups and money laundering.

"They share his venomous and violent version of Islam, such perverts damage their respective religions. Terrible decision of the Qatar regime, its FIFA World Cup not an 'Ijtima' where Zakir Naik may be asked to speak. Even there he shouldn't be invited," noted historian Ifran Habib tweeted.

"Hate preacher Zakir Naik, a supporter of Al-Qaeda & wanted in India for terror activities, is Qatar's official guest at FIFA World Cup. How can you allow world's top sports platform for a terror sympathiser who openly calls for jihad/violence against non-Muslims?" tweeted former sportsman Major Surendra Poonia.

Naik's arrival in Qatar was announced on Twitter by Faisal Alhajri, a host for Qatar's state-run sports network Alkass.

"Preacher Sheikh Zakir Naik is present in Qatar during the World Cup and will give many religious lectures throughout the tournament," Al Arabiya News quoted Faisal Alhajri as saying on Twitter on Saturday.

On Sunday, a popular Twitter user by the name of @KawuGarba posted a video of Naik proselytising on stage. He could be seen directing the new converts to recite the 'Kalma' in the video.

"They came to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. After listening to the call of Allah, they converted to Islam. Allahu Akhbar!" the user tweeted.

In March this year, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had declared Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), which was founded by Naik, an unlawful association and banned it for five years.

The MHA notification stated that the speeches made by Naik were objectionable as he had been extolling known terrorists.

The notification added that the IRF founder had also been promoting forcible conversion of the youth to Islam, justifying suicide bombings, and posting objectionable comments against Hindus, Hindu Gods and other religions.



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  • Sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 22 2022

    OF all Nations FIFA choosing draconian state like Qatar ,which has Zero Religious tolerance of other religions and way of life is Mockery of Freedom and democracy .The West should seriously look at itself ..What it is compromising for a few dollars.

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Tue, Nov 22 2022

    I guess he is Qatar's insurance against terror attacks playing spoilsport. Put the top terror figure on the stage - those that adore martyrdom will wait until he leaves as they are interested in his well being. This is quite on expected lines. Fund a TV channel to denounce India and Israel and then invite anti-India (actually anti-South Asia) figures and give them visibility. And then there is news that he succeeded in converting few there.

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  • Moshu, Mangaluru

    Tue, Nov 22 2022

    He is a super hero among muslim countries.... Eversince Nagpur remote rule India, both religious freedom and growth of minorities targetted selectively

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  • Manohar, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 22 2022

    It seems that Qatar making record by converting football players in to muslims. It's the hidden agenda of Qatar hosting FIFA world cup.

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Tue, Nov 22 2022

    is it so easy to convert? will u convert if someone alluers you ?

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  • Suraj,, Doha

    Tue, Nov 22 2022

    nobody is getting converted. only drama by attentions seekers. once football fever is over bye bye. I know so many of them. part time coverts for some reason not for the love of religion.

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Tue, Nov 22 2022

    Boycott Fuel and use Gomuther thhakaath iteenda manpu and inform your idelogy people to follow.

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Tue, Nov 22 2022

    Many people in India are followers of this lunatic. They are happy to see him giving 'Religious' lectures in Doha. They worship and adore him and follow every word he says.

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Tue, Nov 22 2022

    Worshiping human is not what Islam teaches... Its the pratice of others.... Hope u understand the meaning of Monothism and Polythesim

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    Tue, Nov 22 2022

    ..and Qatar lost to Equador 0 : 2.. Qatar is doing the same mistake KSA did decade ago..KSA learned lesson hard, making it right now..

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Tue, Nov 22 2022

    Dear Cheddi idelogy will not be accepted in other countries and international community knows he was framed by fequ and daku to get vote.

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