Monday, July 11, 2016

Why you should not support Zakir Naik?

Why you should not support Zakir Naik?
1) He is an innovator (mubtadi’). He practices things which have never been practiced by the companions of prophets or currently practiced by the acknowledged Muslim scholars of today.
2) In a well known Hadith Prophet Muhammad has prohibited his companion Umar (R) not to handle other people’s scriptures. Even though Prophet Muhammad claimed that he was foretold in previous scriptures he never tried to prove it by examining other people’s scriptures or encouraged others to do so even when he had a chance.
3) If Zakir Naik methods are so great why it is not promoted or practiced by the Arab Islamic learning centers?
4) Freedom of faith is not a one way road. Will Muslim countries allow proponents of other faiths to do to Islam what Zakir Naik does to them? I believe they should not. Nor should they allow Zakir to do it!
5) Who are ready to support the following statements of Zakir Naik?
“there is no death penalty for apostates in Islam, until the apostate starts to preach against islamic teachings; then he can be put to death”
“regarding building of churches or temples, how can we allow this when their religion is wrong and when their worshiping is wrong?”
(References from Wikipedia)
6) Zakir methods will breed only resentment in other religious followers and a false sense of superiority in members of Muslim community, thus affecting inter-religious harmony. For example as an Indian Muslim I consider Zakir Naik to be a great nuisance to Indian Muslims, creating religious discord and worsening Muslim’s situation there, all for nothing. If he had done something to better the position of Indian Muslims it would have been welcome, which of course is not his cup of tea.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

A chill in the Spring?

The recent development in Tunisia, which was the flash point for the ongoing Arab revolts against their incumbent dictatorships, is interesting.  The Islamist Ennahda party, which was banned for decades and its leaders forced to flee abroad, will lead Tunisia’s new government, which is sure to raise many eyebrows. Whether it bodes well for the “Arab Spring”, or pull it back to winter again, only time can tell.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Critique of “frank Assessment of the Global Muslim Situation”


Analyses and criticisms are welcome only if they serve some purpose. Just lamenting about plain and apparent facts without offering anything new is not a good critique. In his “frank Assessment of the Global Muslim Situation” Maqbool Ahmed Siraj has managed to pique the Muslim pride, probably intending to sound different and kick up some sensationalism, but without much substance.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Egyptian uprising – a practical perspective

By Karoly

" The winter revolution in Egypt points to the imperativeness of modern secular class and technology for making creative political changes."

The recently occurred uprising in Egypt should be food for thought for those advocating secularism in politics as well as the Islamists. Even though the outcome of the revolution is not known for final yet – hopefully it is a positive one – the claims and analyses of the Islamists who toil to "integrate religion and politics" as well as the secularists who oppose fundamentalism in politics in this matter would be interesting.