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Islamic Preacher Zakir Naik, Banned From Making Speeches In Malaysia, Apologizes
Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, wanted in India over allegations of terror-related activities and inciting extremism through hate speeches. He is banned from giving speeches in Malaysia due to reasons of “national security”.
Zakir Naik, Islamic Preacher, Banned From Making Speeches In Malaysia, Apologizes
New Delhi: Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, wanted in India over allegations of terror-related activities and inciting extremism through hate speeches, is banned from giving speeches in Malaysia due to reasons of “national security”.
He had been charged with making inciting speeches and he was questioned by local police over his intent to disturb the peace by making statements about Hindu and Chinese communities living in the Muslim-majority nation.
“Yes. Such an order has been given to all police contingents, and this was done in the interest of national security and to preserve racial harmony,” Datuk Asmawati Ahmad, Police Head of Corporate Communications, was quoted.
On August 3, Zakir Naik had said Hindus in Malaysia have “100 times” more rights than Muslims in India. He also made inciting statements against the Chinese Malaysian community. Though he apologized for those comments today, claiming his comments today, claiming his comments had been taken out of context.
“It was never my intention to upset any individual or community,” Zakir Naik said in his statement, adding, “It is against the basic tenets of Islam, and I would like to convey my heartfelt apologies for this misunderstanding.”
Zakir Naik, 53, a controversial figure who labelled the 9/11 terror attacks an “inside job”. He fled from India three years ago and moved to a country which is dominated by Muslims, Malaysia. He was granted permanent residency by the previous government.
In July last year, India made a formal request to Malaysia asking for his extradition. However, Prime Minister Mahathir said he would not be deported “as long as he is not creating any problem.”
Now after Zakir Naik made some inciting statements in Malaysia, Mr Mahathir said “You can preach (religiously) but he wasn’t doing that. He was talking about back to China and Indians going back to India. I have never said such things. But he did. That is politics.”
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