Zakir Naik is an Indian Islamic televangelist and Islamic preacher . He is the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation . He was born on 18 October 1965. He is also founder of the peace TV. He has been called an “authority on comparative religion”, perhaps the most influential salafi ideologue in India . The rock star of televangelism and a proponent of modern Islam .
Before becoming a public speaker he trained as a physician. He has published booklet versions of lectures on Islam and comparative religion. Although he has publicly disclaimed sectarianism in Islam , he is regarded as an exponent of the salafi ideology, and by many sources as a radical Islamist promoting Wahhabism. Right now he is banned in China, India , Sri Lanka , Bangladesh and UK under anti terrorism and anti hate laws .
He attended Kishinchand Chellaram College and studied medicine at the Topiwala National Medical College and BYL Nair Charitable Hospital and later the University of Mumbai , where he obtained a bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS). In 1991 he started working in the field of Dawah , and founded the Islamic preacher Foundation . Naik’s wife , Farhat Naik , is the President of the women’s section of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) .
Lecture and debates
He gave lecture and debates on number of issues and topics which includes.
- Islamic Supremacy
- Punishment for stealing
- Women’s right
- Biological evolution
- Criticism of media
- Other religions
- Australia 2004 and Wales 2006
- Denial of entry to the UK and Canada , 2010
- Gambia 2014
- Malaysia 2012, 2016 and 2019
- September 11 attacks and Osama bin Laden
- Terrorism , killings and suicide bombing
- BJP and Narendra Modi
- Awards, titles and honors
| Year of award of |
| Name of award or|
|Awarding organisation or government|
|2013||Sharjah Award for voluntary work 2013||Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi crown prince and deputy Ruler of Sharjah|
|2014||The insignia of the commander of the National order of the Republic of the Gambia||Yahya Jammeh President of the Gambia|
|2014||Doctor of Humane Letter ( honoris causa)||University of the Gambia|
|Born||Mumbai , Maharashtra|
|Children||Fariq Naik, Zikra Naik, Rushdaa Naik|
Peace TV (Urdu, Bangla and Chinese)