Hope everyone has seen the news about “Zakir Naik” being the force behind the Dhaka youth turning to ISIS. Earlier, the woman recruiter for ISIS, arrested and extradited from Dubai was influenced by Zakir Naik.
Sadly, many of my well-educated muslim friends are fans of Zakir Naik; his videos i have heard get circulated at office. My muslim co-worker(s) have even shared multiple verses from the Rg Veda, inspired by Zakir Naik, which claim that wearing a burqa/veil was prescribed for Hindus originally (yes, believe it or not!!). Others have argued that the Arya-Dasa war in the Rg Veda were “religious wars”. Each time i have called out this stupidity by pulling out Griffith’s interpretations. He’s even in one lecture called Muhammad the 10th Avatar of Vishnu (Kalki!).
Naik is a rock star among muslims, a master at spreading disdain for other religions, regularly calling Hinduism wrong while intentionally misquoting the Vedas, spreading stupidity among gullible muslims about evolution being “only a theory” (and therefore that it is untrue), spreading intentional misinterpretation of the Vedas and Hindu philosophy and in this process spreading nothing but unbridled hate.
Zakir Naik, and via him a large large percentage of muslims, look at interpretations of God from narrow Islamic world-view of a god who gives commandments. Naik is incapable of comprehending a philosophy far superior to his which emanates from ‘one-ness’ of one consciousness — of pure being — which pervades everything that is manifest and unmanifest.
You want India to become more secular? Shun the man! Get together to call out his misinterpretations and lies. His vice-like grip on muslims’ imagination must be broken. Intellectually; with argument. The ‘argumentative Indian’ must come out and take this asshole of a man, head on. Banning him, like UK, is not the answer. He will then find an excuse to create more covert sleeper cells of hate-preachers.