Zakir Bhai MBBS aka Dr Zakir Naik has been among the most hated public figures of today. Deoband recently issued a fatwa against him. There is no doubt that Zakir Bhai is among the most smartly marketed religious celebrity of last few years. He claims to represent and propagate Islam. He considers himself a servant of Muhammad (pbuh). Yet it is the Muslims and Islamic clerics who hate Zakir Naik the most.
In this post, I shall briefly list out reasons why Muslims hate Zakir Naik so much that many claim that he would be the first person to enter Dozakh.
Let me provide a brief background. Most people consider Islam to be the religion propagated by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and narrated in Kalam-e-Pak Quran. On surface it appears all so simple. Quran proclaims that one who submits to the word of final messenger of Allah shall achieve Heaven. But things are not so simple for a layman, and even a scholar. Because while there is only one Quran and one Prophet Muhammad, there is tremendous variety in the types of interpretations that so-called Muslims make out of this book and this great social-reformer.
In short, Islam is not as monolithic as it appears to be. The number of sects in Islam are more than 72 and they are as different from each other as dry is from wet and cold is from hot. All these sects have different customs, different levels of tolerances for non-Muslims, different food habits, different interpretations of Quran, different level of importance given to Muhammad and his associates and different descriptions of Heaven and Hell. The Shia-Sunni dispute is clearly known.
What makes the things even more confusing is the belief that of these 72+ sects only one is on path of truth and hence only one will go to Heaven. Rest go to Hell. Thus it is not sufficient to just be a Muslim to achieve Heaven, you need to follow only the right sect. Now each sect fights to prove that they are the genuine sect. Some sects are liberal enough to allow even non-Muslims to Heaven. Some Muslims are even promoters of vegetarianism. Some consider nation ahead of everything else. But there are some who believe that all except those who fully believe in their sect and its practices without questioning anything, alone will go to Heaven. Rest of all will be in Hell forever even if they do best of the deeds throughout their lives.
Among the most fanatic of these cults is the neo-Wahabi cult. This is supposed to be the producer of largest number of terrorists including Osama and Al Qaeda since its inception in 18th century and has been a cause of disgrace for rest of the peace-loving Muslims. Dr Zakir Naik belongs to this Wahabi cult, believes that only this Wahabi version of Islam can bring anyone close to Heaven, and rest of all will go to Hell. So as per Zakir Naik, Sufi will go Hell, Shia will go to Hell, Ismaili will go to Hell, Ahmadiyas will go to Hell, Hindu will go to Hell, Christian will go to Hell, Jew will go to Hell, And things are not as simple. Further, he mixes his Wahabism with material from other scholars of different sects to create his own Zakirism, that in the process blatantly insults and disgraces the vision of Islam as per other sects, including the more tolerant ones. His Zakirism goes to such extent that he does not even spare Wahabis from humiliations. Let us see how:
a. Zakir Bhai MBBS claims to be an expert of comparative religions. In his site, he has put lots of articles on comparative religions under his name. But in reality, they are merely word to word copy of texts from Qadiyani/Ahmadiyya sources. So what is wrong if one refers to Qadiyani or Ahmadiyya sources? Perhaps nothing, except that:
– Qadiyanis/ Ahmadiyyas are considered Kafirs and are prosecuted by most Muslims for their radical beliefs.
– Wahabis have been greatest enemies of Qadiyanis
– The content of the Qadiyani writings that Zakir Bhai MBBS has swindled under his own name are blatantly against core beliefs of rest of the Muslims including Wahabis. For example, Zakir Bhai MBBS tries to prove that Vedas prophecize about Muhammad. (This has been completely refuted in a three-part expose starting with this article)
Now this belief gels with the Qadiyani
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Zakir Naik’s rise has been significantly correlated with rise of terror-attacks across the globe. The terrorists involved in Dhaka siege, the ISIS Hyderabad Module Chief, Areeb Majeed who fled from India to join ISIS – all had one trait in common. Zakir Naik was their mentor.
Anyone from Indian subcontinent who has been active on terror-related issue would have definitely come across hundreds of fanatic young Muslims who believe that Allah will grant them 72 virgins in Heaven if they convert non-Muslims and hate idol-worshipping Hindus.
The vulnerable Muslim youth from Indian sub-continent, who does not know Arabic, relies on his interpretation of Quran and Hadiths as authentic Islam. Now his spread has reached weak minds in other countries as well.
They quote verbatim from lectures and writings of Zakir Naik that are sure-shot recipe for breeding terrorists. These fanatics would turn violent if you counter-question. The situation is indeed terrifying. Unless we do something, vast number of terrorists are already breeding worldwide who would conduct another Florida attack or Dhaka killing – lone-wolf or planned – as a religious duty.
The fanatic belief-set comprises following
– Only Muslims will go to Heaven. All non-Muslims will burn forever in Hell. Even if she is Mother Teresa or Gandhi.
– Among Muslims, only those who have converted non-Muslims will go to Heaven
– Jihad against non-Muslims is gateway to Heaven
– Osama Bin Laden was not a terrorist. America is a terrorist
– Sharia Law must be implemented worldwide.
– As per Sharia Law, those who leave Islam must be killed
– In Muslim rule, non-muslims must not be allowed to preach. But Muslims must preach in non-Muslim countries
– Those who worship graves – like Sufis – are worst of creatures
– Hindus deserve to be called Kafirs – the worst of creatures
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