Huge trouble for controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik as Bangladesh asks India to examine his 'hate speeches'
Now, this could spell a major trouble for controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik!
Dhaka: Now, this could spell a major trouble for controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik!
Bangladesh on Wednesday asked India to examine the speeches of Zakir Naik.
The development came after reports that his 'hate speech' inspired one of the five Bangladeshi militants, who hacked to death 22 people at an upscale cafe in Dhaka's diplomatic enclave last week.
Naik's teachings influenced Dhaka terrorists?
"Already there are certain complaints from the Maulanas of Bangladesh that his (Naik) teachings are not in line with the Quranic teachings and Hadith," information minister Hasanul Haq Inu said.
"How much Naik's teachings influenced the terrorists that is to be investigated. We are investigating the whole matter," he said.
Requesting the Indian government to examine the teachings of controversial preacher, Inu said: "I also request the Indian government and information minister that they also examine the context of Dr Nayek's teachings."
One of the Bangladeshi attackers, suspected to be Rohan Imtiaz - the son of a politician of Bangladesh's ruling Awami League - ran a propaganda on Facebook last year quoting Naik, a Mumbai-based doctor and an Islamic televangelist, Bangladeshi newspaper 'Daily Star' reported.
Naik urged all Muslims to be terrorists
Naik, in his lecture aired on Peace TV, an international Islamic channel, had reportedly "urged all Muslims to be terrorists".
Islamic Research Foundation
Naik, a popular but controversial Islamic orator and founder of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, is banned in the UK and Canada for his 'hate speech' aimed at other religions. He is among 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia.
Hugely popular in Bangladesh
He is hugely popular in Bangladesh through his Peace TV, although his preachings often demean other religions and even other Muslim sects, the report said.
Islamist gunmen had stormed the upscale Holey Artisan cafe popular with foreigners in Dhaka's diplomatic enclave last Friday, killing 22 people.