New Delhi: Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen has described preacher Zakir Naik as “dangerous” because he “promotes 7th century Quranic texts on sex slaves, polygamy and wife beating in 21st century”.
“I listened to Zakir Naik's speeches. He cites Quranic texts and tries to justify. He's dangerous because it's dangerous to spread 7th century texts in 21st century,” Nasreen said in a series of tweet.
Referring to the deadly attacks in Bangladesh by Islamists, she said that “Many Bangladeshi would-be-terrorists are inspired by Zakir Naik. He is not having machetes in hands. But his followers are having machetes in hands.”
She said that banning Peace TV won't stop people from becoming terrorists as there are many more dangerous stuff out there that incites people to kill.
“I'm not against Zakir Naik's free speech but I am against him for inciting violence. Fatwabaz should be banned from issuing,” she added.
"We are a peace-loving nation and do not require any Peace TV,” the author said.
Expressing her views on Islam, she said, “Islam is a violent ideology. Most Muslims are not violent because they believe Islam is not violent.
“Islamic terrorists are dedicated to the ideology.
“When I criticize Islam, people think I criticize Muslims. Islam is a religion. Muslims are people. Muslims are good and that doesn't mean Islam is good.”
“When Muslim terrorists are killed by Americans, you say America kills Muslims. When Muslim terrorists kill your family, you say they are terrorists.
“Why the subcontinent's Muslims whose language is not Arabic claim that they understand the Arabic Koran more than ISIS do?
“If you know the meaning of all the verses of the Quran, you will be a terrorist or an atheist. Moderate Muslims read Quran without knowing the meaning.
“Why wrongful interpretation of Quran makes people terrorists? Why wrongful interpretation of Bible, Torah, Gita and Tripitaka don't make them terrorists,” she asked.
“Who told you I am not pro-Muslim? I'm pro-Muslim, pro-Hindu, pro-Christian, pro-Humans. I'm not pro-religion and pro-fundamentalism,” she added.