What did I do to earn the tag of terror preacher, asks Zakir Naik in open letter to the govt

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New Delhi : “I have been preaching for 25 years not just in India but across the world. What exactly did I do now to earn the tags of ‘terror preacher’ asks Zakir Naik in open lettr to government of India.

In his latter he has also asked the government  to conduct a “fair” investigation and added that he was ready to face the “harshest of punishments”, if found guilty. According to him, the allegations and actions against him were examples of “murder of democracy and strangulation of fundamental rights”.

He has issued the document called “Five Questions and an Appeal: An open letter to Indians”  on Saturday.

It has been over two months since the ghastly terror attack in Dhaka, and over one month since I’ve been asking myself what exactly have I done to become the enemy number one of the media as well as the State and Central Government. For someone who has spent 25 years in promoting peace, spreading greater awareness of Islam and talking about similarities between religions and condemning injustices, the last two months have been a rude shock to me. A shock of immense proportions. I’m not only disappointed in the way things are being conducted but alarmed at where they are heading.

I’m alarmed at the murder of democracy and strangulation of fundamental rights and the precedence it is setting for times to come. I’m also alarmed at how the system, media and the agencies are being used to suit a pre-meditated end result set by none other than our own governments, governments that have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of India, and a Constitution that allows me the freedom to profess, practice,and propagate any religion I follow. Let’s not be gullible enough to assume that there isn’t a deeper agenda behind this vicious campaign. This is not just an attack on me, it’s an attack against Indian Muslims. And it’s an attack against peace, democracy and justice.

From what I understand, IRF and I have been set up for a ban. Never mind the fact that the legal agencies have found no wrongdoing – financial or otherwise. Never mind the lack of evidence (although I am not guilty of any wrong-doing, much less any offence whatsoever). At least this is what is evident from the media stories being ‘planted’ since the past several weeks. The message is clear: it’s not a question of whether I’ve committed a crime or not. It’s a question of using desperate measures to kill peace and harmony. And a ban is now imminent. It may happen in days or weeks but the writing is clear on the wall. IRF and I have been set up for a ban. Unless of course, better sense prevails and the ban machinery set in motion is stopped.

And if that happens, if IRF and I are banned, it will be the biggest jolt to the country’s democracy of recent times. I do not say this just for me but because this ban will set a precedence of unspeakable injustices against the 20 crore Muslims of India. This action will embolden and encourage every fringe element in the country to do as they please. If you thought intolerance increased in the country recently, this action of the government will take it to an all-time high. The Muslim population is already feeling threatened and insecure and I can’t even imagine how they will feel after this action. Muslims are bound to think that today it is Zakir Naik, tomorrow it could be any one of them.

But I still can’t stop asking myself – why am I being targeted? Then I realized some time back that if you’ve decided to target a community, you’ve to first target the biggest name and the most popular figure of the community. If you can bring down and demonize this figure of the community, the rest becomes a cakewalk. That, I think, is what is happening. It may sound like a conspiracy theory, but I honestly cannot find any other plausible reason. Right from the beginning of July, I tried staying away from the current controversy. This was not the first time I was being targeted. For years, there have been groups who have opposed me. Instead of retaliating or reacting to them, I’ve felt it best to continue with my work and not pay attention to these detractors. That is what I tried doing even this time. But I soon realized that this time it was different. There was much greater media involvement, and a much deeper government’s involvement. I’m not privy to internal details so I do not know which came first – my opposition groups, the media or the government. But from what it looks like, this is the best concerted effort used against me so far. I tried answering all the questions and allegations thrown at me. But soon a lot of my own questions started piling up in my mind.

Two months into it, they’ve built up and I’m left with no choice but to pose these questions to you, to my fellow citizens. As my legal advisors evaluate things at their end, I write to all of you to tell you what I’ve been feeling for last t wo months. Let us keep the legalities aside. Though the witch hunt continues, and I know I’ve not done anyth ing wrong, either in my talks or in my finances, and till date the agencies have not found any wrong doing. But that is for the legal teams to sort out at both the ends. But here is what bothers me. Try asking these questions yourself and see if you can come up with coherent and logical answers to them

[A] Why now?
I’ve been preaching for 25 years. Not just in India but across the world. What exactly did I do now to earn the tags of ‘terror preacher’, ‘ Dr. Terror’
and ‘hate monger’? Of 150 countries where I’m respected and my talks are welcomed, I’m being called a terrorist influencer in my own country. What an irony. Why now, when I’ve been doing the same thing for over 25 years?

[B] Why repeat investigations?
Despite exhaustive investigations, not a single conclusive evidence of wrong doing was reported by any governmental agency. But now investigations are being asked to be repeated and continued. Why? Wasn’t the first investigation exhaustive enough? Did not they cover every aspect of my talks, every topic, every reply? Or is it because they could not find any wrongdoing? Is this a hunt to get something to indict me?

[C] Why renew, then cancel?
Why would the government renew IRF’s FCRA registration and then cancel it? It seems illogical. Is it because the renewal was against the laid down agenda of the government? Why would you suspend FCRA officials? Is it because they did things by the books and acted honestly without any bias or prejudice when they renewed IRF’s registration? Is it because they were not influenced by the political agenda of the MHA?

[D] Is there design to leaking confidential information of the government, solicitor general and the MHA?
Is there a design to leaking selective government documents to the media? The manner in which stories are being ‘planted’ in the media clearly suggests so. The one and only investigation report submitted till now remains inconclusive, but the solicitor general’s ‘judgment’ of banning IRF and I was duly leaked to the media. Why? Is there a ring fencing happening? Is this how IRF will be banned? By creating an atmosphere of ban? Rather than rely on proofs and evidences?

THEY STRIVE IN THE WAY OF ALLAH AND DO NOT FEAR THE BLAME OF THE BLAMERS. THAT IS THE FAVOR OF ALLAH, HE BESTOWS IT UPON WHOM HE WILLS.’ AL-QUR’AN 5:54 3 | 3

[E] Forced conversions? Really? Isn’t it a well-known fact that in these modern days and times, average men and women cannot be forced to convert? But while chasing IRF for allegations of forced conversions, why are the agencies ignoring the most basic proof of forced conversions? Where is the converted person and where is his or her statement about how he or she was forcibly converted? Isn’t this person the most basic proof of forced conversion? If yes, why is the entire law enforcement machinery working on hearsay? Why is there no effort to gather the most basic proof that comes from the converted? It would be naïve to presume that the agencies mustn’t have tried. The fact is they tried and they couldn’t get proof of any forced conversion. The fact is, there never was forced conversions.

There are many more questions I have been seeking answers to but can’t find them. I know someone has the answers, but rather than dwelling upon it, I have an appeal to make, an appeal to my fellow countrymen, to all sane and sensible people of this great country. If you find any wrongdoing on my part, punish me by all means. Give me the harshest of punishments if I’ve wronged anyone. I’ve made this offer earlier too and I will repeat it again. I’m open to any investigation. Have always been and will always be.

Not only do I take my freedom seriously, I take my responsibilities even more seriously. The country’s democratic fabric is under attack. People are being arrested and put in jail for 7-10 years before being proven innocent by courts. But guilty or not guilty, their lives are ruined, their families are ruined, they remain unemployed, their daughters unmarried. This is what’s happening, and this is what needs to change. People’s lives cannot be played with. If the government can misuse its authority on a popular figure like me, average Muslims don’t stand a chance. And we’re talking about 20 crores of them.

I still have faith in the judiciary and I know that truth will ultimately prevail. But it may come at a huge price if the current actions are not checked now. To all, my appeal is, do not allow subversion of the constitution. My appeal to the government – be fair in your investigation. Be fair in what you allege. Be truthful with facts. To my fellow citizens – Let no one and nothing dissuade you from speaking the truth. Whatever position you occupy, in authority or in media, or as a citizen of this great country, be truthful and fair. Nothing less, nothing more.

Perhaps if I am driven out of India, Allah will open up doors for me better than I could have ever imagined. Many countries would welcome this humble servant of God with red carpet treatment. But this isn’t only about me. It’s about us. It’s about the morals and values of a great country. What will become of India if we let bigotry and injustice seep into the very fabric of our nation? What will be the fate of our country if it falls into the stranglehold of such vices? The answer is frightening, and one we all wish to avoid. It’s time we do something about it.

In these times, my heart bursts with gratitude to those of you who have stood up for justice and harmony, irrespective of religion or creed. Because I know that like me, you care for this country. You care for core values like justice and tolerance. And that shall make a big difference.

To my Muslim brothers and sisters, I have this to say: Do not let trials such as these weaken your resolve, and know that the promise of Allah is true. Remember the faith that resonated among the earlier people, of whom Allah said, “’Those to whom the people said: Surely men have gathered against you, therefore fear them, but this increased their faith, and they said: Allah is sufficient for us and most excellent is the ‘THEY WANT TO EXTINGUISH THE LIGHT OF ALLAH WITH THEIR MOUTHS, BUT ALLAH REFUSES EXCEPT TO PERFECT HIS LIGHT, ALTHOUGH THE DISBELIEVERS DISLIKE IT.’ AL-QUR’AN 9:32 4 | 3 Protector.’ (Al-Qur’an 3:173)

Didn’t He give victory to His Messenger (SAAWS) when the polytheists deployed every tactic and exhausted every strategy, trying in vain to suppress the Truth? Aren’t the pages of history overflowing with examples such as these? Allah says, “They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah refuses except to perfect His light, although the disbelievers may dislike it.’ (Al-Qur’an 9:32)

My humble efforts to spread the truth are but a drop in the ocean, and these trials are but a speck of dust compared to what was endured by the people of old. I pray that Allah accepts our efforts and makes us of those about whom He said, ‘…they strive in the way of Allah and do not fear the blame of the blamers. That is the favor of Allah, He bestows it upon whom He wills.’ (Al-Qur’an 5:54) Whatever the outcome, I am assured that the best efforts to squash our work will only help it rise higher and stronger. For Allah says, ‘They plot and plan, and Allah too plans. And the best of planners is Allah.’ (Al-Qur’an 3:54) Beshaq. Without doubt.”

Sincerely yours

Dr. Zakir Naik

10 thoughts on “What did I do to earn the tag of terror preacher, asks Zakir Naik in open letter to the govt

  1. I do not know whether Zakir is doing any illegal activity or the investigation team will find anything illegal. However, the biggest mistake he committed is, he compared among religions & tries to prove Islam is a greatest religion. To prove this, he gives false quotations from our scripture that hurts sentiments of other religion people.
    We do not have any problem with somebody who is preaching Islam. However, saying other religions are useless won’t be accepted.

    1. Shame on agencies who are working against the secular fabric of INDIA and his people.

      How silly of you to undermine the facts presented by him from the very scripture which the masses among you reject it openly.

      If Idol worship prohibition is mentioned in VEDAS, then so be it. You have the vedas and your scholars, are they sleeping to not to have an open deabte?

      Priest Ravi Shankar had once done that and accepted QURAN to be the only art of living and apologized for his book. Breath now and google the video where he literary APOLOGIZED to the Muslim community.

      The agencies in several past cases only done false and biased investigation. Several Muslims have been victims and few of them released.

      A religion is useless, these are your filthy words.

      A religion is either right or wrong or fabricated. This is what a Muslim preaches.

      You definitely aren’t secular.

      1. First of all, idol worship is not prohibited in Vedas. Vedas says that there is a supreme god called Maha-vishnu who does not have idol, image etc. Only this sholka is stated by zakir to prove idol worship is prohibited. However, if you read bhagwatgeeta, in the 2nd chapter, Krishna has explained presence of ‘Aatma'(soul) in human body & living animals in great details. It says that franction of Maha-vishnu soul (super soul) is present in every living entity. When we do idol worship, we so not worship idol but we worship the presence of super soul inside it. I must tell you that idol is not living entity but there is a mantra mentioned in Vedas called ‘praan pratishtha’ which brings super soul in that idol. We do not expect you to understand Vedas because you are meat eaters & according to hinduism, meat eaters maintain low profile of intellecture.
        Now about Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s debate with Zakir. Zakir gives false quotations during his speach. You asked me why hindu scholars do not response him. The answer is hindu scholars can wake up a person who is sleeping, but they cannot wake up who is pretending to sleep. Zakir is pretending to sleep & he purposefully ignores the responses given by hindu scholars to gather more money in charity for running his conversion business. If you want to read Ravi Shankar’s openion about Zakir then please watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3tV11ReL-I
        Muslims like Zakir as Islam preacher & we like Swami Vivekanand who preched hinduism. Now see the difference. Zakir is prohibited in several countries including islamic countries as well.. where as Swami Vivekanand was welcome by several countries all over the world.. because he never compared religions & he spoke about how hindu pholosophy is an ideal path of living…

  2. @Secular Hindu i don’t know how old are you, so u blame Zakir Naik who only gave false quotations from Hindu script.But u don’t know a man who is a philosopher, and Tamil political party editorial writer claim what to day Nakir Naik from Hindu scripts.Named as Murasoli Adiyaar who wrote editorial content against Emergency.So authorities of central agencies arrest and took him at Custody.As journalist he want to read all religious books, HINDU scripts,Bible and Holy Quran.When he completed Holy Quran a light sparks in his mind and heart.What told in ADARVANA VEDAA all r matched with SIGNS OF PROPHET MOHAMMAD who is d last messenger for whole world.After he realised from jail, he wrote a book in TAMIL NAMED NAAN KAADALIKKUM ISLAAM. In it he challenged all d HINDU SCHOLARS, who prove what he told is untrue he give l 1 lac rupee as reward. Then he reverted to Islam and name himself ABDULLAH.Whole muslim countries honour him,some were translated his book in their own language (book meaning in English:I LOVE ISLAAM ALWAYS)
    At that time there is no media like dis to spread about d truth what to day ZAKIR NAYAK preaching.

    1. I do not know Murasoli Adiyaar. However, I feel muslims are taking only those verses from hindu scriptures that suits them to prove Islam is great religion. This is really pathetic.
      Hindus can also take name of Salman Rushdie & taslima nasreen to prove the level of Islam scriptures. What about that?
      I think there is no point is comparing among religions. And the same mistake is committed by Zakir to run his conversion business.

  3. Mr. Secular Hindu,
    HOW DARE YOU SAY ALL THE QUOTATIONS ARE FALSE WHEN NONE OF YOUR SADHUS STOOD UP AGAINST DR. ZAKIR NAIK.
    MAJORITY OF THE HINDUS KNOWS NOTHING OTHER THAN KISSING YOUR BRHAMINS FOOT. YOU GUYS ARE SLAVES TO BRHAMINS.
    YOU OFFER BEST FOOD TO BRHAMINS NOT SURE TO GOD.
    WHATEVER DR. ZAKIR NAIK SAID IS TRUEE THAT’S WHY THERE’S NO EVIDENCE THAT’S WHY AGAIN AND AGAIN THEY’RE TRYING TO INSTILL FEAR TO DR. ZAKIR NAIK BUT REALITY IS THAT DAY BY DAY YOUR RELIGION IS LOSING COZZZZ OF YOUR CASTE SYSTEM. PEOPLE ARE FED UP MANNNNN….

  4. Zakir Naik is a liar. He is preaching supremacy of Islam over other religions in the garb of spreading peace. No truly spiritual man will say only my path is correct and yours imperfect. One can say good things about his religion but he has no right to compare it with other religions and declare his religion is supreme. His very approach is creating a false ego among Muslims and he has the gall to suggest the Muslims to defy the constitution or culture of India by raising un-necessary theories of conflict with Islam. The purpose of religion is to create harmony and love for nation and community as a whole and not to create sectarian one upmanship and raise unnecessary controversy taking shelter of religion. He is poisoning gullible Muslims by radicalising their minds with religion based extremism. He is accusing Govt of being undemocratic while fleeing away from law and commenting from overseas. Now he is trying to raise emotional passions by saying banning him is like banning Islam. He is a cunning and dubious person.

  5. Height of double standards and biased approach when they deal with muslims. They are trying to prosecute a person just on a false reporting of a Bangladesh newspaper ,which the newspaper denied publishing it.The investigating agencies didn’t move an inch when Andres Brevik killed over 80 people in Norway and he claimed to have been inspired by RSS,VHP and other venomous outfits of Sangh parivar,then this enough for security agencies to put RSS chief and other heads of Sangh parivar behind bars.The criteria is same “inspiration” but the actions are biased.Keep up the double standards,you people have mastered it any way.

  6. IF HINDUS ARE GOOD WHY DONT THEY WORSHIP ONE GOD OF VEDAS AND BHAGWAT GITA,THERE IS NO PLACE OF WORSHIP FOR ONE GOD WHICH IS MENTIONED IN BHAGWAT GITA AND VEDAS.
    WHAT A PITY.
    FORGET ABOUT DR ZAKIR NAIK.
    HE GAVE SOME FINEST ANSWERS TO HIS HISTORICAL WRONGS.
    HE COMMITTEDE MISTAKE IN CASE OF YAZEED,WE MUSLIMS SENDS DARUD SHARIFF DAY AND NIGHT ON PROPHET MUHAMMAD AND HIS FAMILY ,AND YAZID KILLED THEM OUT OF FEAR OF LOOSING HIS POWER.
    IN CASE OF “AULIA ALLAH” ALSO DR ZAKIR NAIK WAS GRAVELY WRONG,I AM NOT GOOD MUSLIM AND NOT PRACTICING MUSLIM,BUT I KNOW WHAT AULIA ALLAH WERE AND ARE.
    ZAKIR BHAI EVERY THING IS NOT IN THE BOOKS,IT NEEDS SACRIFICE AND KILLING PATIENCE TO KNOW ABOUT AULIA ALLAH.
    OTHER MISTAKE HE DID IS OVER TALKING,HE HAD HURT HINDU SENTIMENTS .
    HE ANSWERD POLITICAL QUESTIONS WHIHC HE WERE SUPPOSED NOT TO.
    I HOPE ZAKIR NAIK WILL IMPROVE AND COME BACK SOON AGAIN TO SPREAD ISLAM ,NOT SALAFI ISLAM.
    HE SHOULD KEEP IN MIND ,ALLAH IS ALL WATCHING AND KNOWS WELL WHO IS DOING WHAT.
    BEST WISHES

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