UK bans hate preacher Zakir Naik, said every Muslim should be a terrorist
Posted by jagoindia on June 19, 2010
Home Office sources said Dr Naik had been filmed on a website making inflammatory comments such as “every Muslim should be a terrorist”.
He said: “When a robber sees a policeman he’s terrified. So for a robber, a policeman is a terrorist. So in this context, every Muslim should be a terrorist to the robber.”
He has also been filmed saying: “There are many Jews who are good to Muslims, but as a whole … The Koran tells us, as a whole, they will be our staunchest enemy.”
In a web posting from 2006 he said: “Beware of Muslims saying Osama Bin Laden is right or wrong. I reject them … we don’t know.
“But if you ask my view, if given the truth, if he is fighting the enemies of Islam, I am for him. I don’t know what he’s doing. I’m not in touch with him. I don’t know him personally. I read the newspaper.
“If he is terrorising the terrorists, if he is terrorising America the terrorist, the biggest terrorist, every Muslim should be a terrorist.”
He is also reported to have said suggested that western women make themselves “more susceptible to rape” by wearing revealing clothing.
He reportedly said: “Western society has actually degraded [women] to the status of concubines, mistresses and social butterflies, who are mere tools in the hands of pleasure seekers and sex marketeers”
18 June 2010 18:43 UK
Mr Naik is seen by some as an authority on Islam An Indian Muslim preacher has been banned from entering the UK for his “unacceptable behaviour”, the home secretary says.
Zakir Naik, a 44-year-old television preacher, had been due to give a series of lectures in London and Sheffield.
Theresa May said that visiting the UK was “a privilege, not a right”.
The home secretary can stop people entering the UK if she believes there is a threat to national security, public order or the safety of citizens.
That includes banning people if she believes their views glorify terrorism, promote violence or encourage other serious crime.
However, somebody cannot be banned just for having opinions that other people would find offensive.
Ms May said: “Numerous comments made by Dr Naik are evidence to me of his unacceptable behaviour.
No entry: Theresa May has used exclusion power for first time “Coming to the UK is a privilege, not a right and I am not willing to allow those who might not be conducive to the public good to enter the UK.
“Exclusion powers are very serious and no decision is taken lightly or as a method of stopping open debate on issues.”
This is the first person who has been excluded from the UK since Ms May became home secretary last month.
Mr Naik is based in Mumbai (Bombay) where he works for the Peace TV channel.
The BBC’s Sanjiv Buttoo says that he is recognised as an authority on Islam but also has a reputation for making disparaging remarks about other religions.
Peace TV itself describes him as “a medical doctor by professional training… and a dynamic international orator on Islam and comparative religion”.
“Dr Naik clarifies Islamic viewpoints and clears misconceptions about Islam using the Koran,” the channel’s website says.
A spokesman for Mr Naik said it was “deeply regrettable” the UK government had “bowed to pressure” from certain groups to exclude him.
He said Mr Naik had been holding talks in the UK for 15 years and the decision to bar his entry was disappointing.