Controversial Islamic preacher, Zakir Naik while addressing the media through skype from Medina pledged innocence and said that he was unnecessarily being subjected to “media trials” by the Indian media.
“I am seeing that there is an India media cry on me just because a report came in one of the Bangladesh newspapers ‘The Daily Star’ that one of the terrorists who was involved in the attack was inspired by me, and the media trial started. On July 29, the newspaper corrected themselves that they never said that Dr Zakir inspired him and Dr Zakir did not inspire any terrorist to kill innocent people,” Naik said.
Maintaining that his answers were being manipulated and altered, he warned of action against all those responsible for this while saying, “Media for ulterior motives change meaning of my statements.”
Though Naik said he condemns all terror attacks anywhere in world and will speak for hours if needed, he courted controversy by saying, “Suicide bombings where innocents are killed is ‘haraam’. But as tactic of war it is permitted say many scholars.”
Naik, began his press conference by condemning the France terror attack. He said, “Verse 32 in Chapter 5 of the Quran says killing innocents is crime. No scripture other than the Quran says one innocent killed is killing of the humanity.”
“Knowingly I have never met any terrorist, but if some people stand next to me to take photographs, I smile. I don’t know who they are? I am a messenger of peace. I do not criticise any sect of Islam, I may disagree on interpretations,” he said. Chaos occurred between his press conference when he accused a reporter from Zee news of lacking “tameez”when he posed a question to the preacher.”I challenge you to show me any unedited answer of mine where I have not condemned suicide bombing of the kind that is happening. Why are you relying on a doctored clip or an answer which is out of context? I challenge you to show my any unedited clip,” said Naik.
Naik claimed that no official or government authority has approached him with any question, adding that he has no problem with the Indian government or police so far.
“I will cooperate 100 percent with any government authority, which wants to speak with me,” he said. He claimed that Peace TV had in 2008 applied for downlinking permission, which was denied by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry “The only reason I can think of why I&B Ministry had not given permission to Peace TV for downlinking in India is because it is a Muslim channel,” he added.