It was the Holey Artisan restaurant terror attack in Dhaka that brought Naik’s name in the spotlight. Bangladesh said that two of the five terrorists followed Naik’s speeches aired on Peace TV, which was till before the attack aired in the country.
In fact, it is because of his speeches that countries such as UK, Canada and even Malaysia banned him.
Naik, however, claimed during the press conference that he did not inspire any terrorist. “I am a ‘messenger of peace’,” he added.
“Suicide bombings where innocents are killed is haraam but permitted if a country is at war and is directed by a commander,” he said adding, “Suicide bombing was used as a tactic during Second World War.”
In his long-pending address, the controversial Islamic preacher again accused the media of demonizing him.
Chapter 5,verse 32 Quran says killing innocents is crime.No scripture othr thn Quran says 1 innocent killed is killing humanity: Zakir Naik — ANI (@ANI_news) 15 July 2016
Chapter 5,verse 32 Quran says killing innocents is crime.No scripture othr thn Quran says 1 innocent killed is killing humanity: Zakir Naik
— ANI (@ANI_news) 15 July 2016
Commenting on reports that accuse him of posing with terrorists, Naik said, “Knowingly, I have never met any terrorist, but if some people stand next to me, take photographs, I smile. I don’t know who they are.”
India’s Home Ministry is investigating Naik’s Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation and its funding. The ministry has reportedly asked authorities to probe companies linked to Naik and the source of the foreign funding.
The NIA has reportedly gone through 500 CDs containing speeches to see if they contain any inflammatory statements.