The prominent Muslim preacher, Dr Zakir Naik, who is wanted by Indian authorities has been granted permanent residency in Malaysia.
Last September, Dr Naik made a public appearance at the Putra Mosque in Malaysia’s administrative capital of Putrajaya, where the prime minister and his cabinet members regularly worship.
The 52-year-old televangelist has sparked controversy in recent times with his assertive and uncompromising style of preaching and debating.
Bangladeshi authorities have blamed Dr Naik for “radicalising” the perpetrators of the Dhaka cafe attack in July 2016, where 20 hostages were killed.
Last week, the Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) prepared charges against the medical doctor, claiming that he was inciting terrorism and “promoting enmity and hatred between different religious groups through public speeches and lectures.”
Dr Naik has rejected the allegations made against him by the Bangladeshi and Indian authorities, stating that he has a long and consistent record of speaking out against terrorism and the killing of innocent people.
In a recent interview with an Islamic channel, Dr Naik said he was being targeted by the Indian government because of the popularity of his preaching.
As you’re here…
5Pillars have one humble request from you…
Thousands of Muslims around the world visit our website for news every day. Due to the unfortunate reality of covering Muslim-related news in a heightened Islamophobic environment, our advertising and fundraising revenues have decreased significantly.
5Pillars is editorially and financially independent, with no sectarian or political allegiance to any particular group or movement. Our journalism has been exclusively grassroots focussed and our sole purpose is to defend Islam and Muslims in the media.
This makes us unique in comparison to other online Muslim media outlets who are neither independently regulated by a reputable body nor are they managed by qualified journalists.
Our journalism takes time, money and effort to deliver. But we do it because we believe we have a duty to Allah (swt).
You may not agree or like everything we publish. However, which other Muslim news site that is run by experienced journalists will take on the responsibility of being a shield for Islam and Muslims in the media?
If you follow 5Pillars, and you understand its importance in today’s climate, then please support us for as little as £5 a month, it only takes a minute to make a donation. Jazakallah khayran.
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:“The best deeds are those done regularly, even if they are small.” [Ibn Mājah]