Controversial Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is embroiled in allegations of inspiring terrorists, has once again distanced himself from the controversy. Utv Pakistan Report
In an interview to The Economic Times, Naik said he was targeted by the Indian media due to a wrong reporting by a Bangladeshi newspaper.
Naik, speaking from Jeddah, said he is ready to face any action if it is proven that he has broken any rule under the Constitution of India, and has full faith in the Indian Judiciary.
Interestingly Naik was all praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to reach out to more Islamic countries across the world.
“Modi is the only prime minister of India who has visited so many Muslim countries in just two years. This will strengthen relations between India and other Muslim countries. It will strengthen relationships of Hindus and Muslims too. If his intention is to maintain unity between Hindus and Muslims and between India and other Muslim countries, I am totally for him.”
Naik claimed that the concept of Jihad in Islam has been widely misinterpreted and misunderstood even by some Muslims. He said groups like ISIS are using the wrong interpretation to spread their ideology.
“IS is killing innocent people which, according to the Quran, is a sin against humanity. I call them anti-Islam state. They have given a wrong meaning to Islam.”
After allegations against the hugely popular Islamic preacher emerged, Bangladesh had banned the telecast of his television channel Peace TV. Indian government has also issued strict orders to cable operators against carrying the channel. Naik said he was hopeful of the ban being lifted soon.
Naik, the founder of Islamic Research Foundation which is accused of converting people to Islam, said he “never forced anybody to embrace Islam. Thousands of people have embraced Islam after hearing my speeches but God has given them guidance. If someone wants to come in the religion of peace, I cannot stop him.”
Currently in Jeddah, Naik said he will return to India whenever the government or the agencies want him.