Islam is a religion that has been based on scientific principles and moral values. However, over the years plenty of controversies have found their way riding in the name of the pious religion. A considerable chunk of hullabaloos could be attributed to some of the controversial Islamic figures that left no stone unturned in firing up matters with controversies. Here is a list of top 10 controversial Islamic figures in modern history.
10. Taj Din Al Hilali:
Regarded as Australia’s most controversial sheik who has always proclaimed that he is the country’s most senior and respected Islamic leader, Hilali was in the news some months back when he equated the scantily clad women to “uncovered meat”. This led to a huge controversy in the country and later he had to apologize for his imprudent remarks.
9. Talgat Tadjutdin:
Talgat is a very prominent name in the Islamic circles of Russia. The man already known for his controversial antics recently staged a hullabaloo where he suggested in open media to include Islamic symbol of crescent moon along with Christian symbol on the national emblem. He was rebuffed by all the sections of the society for his unjustified demands and ways to incite unwanted controversies.
8. Feiz Mohammad:
A former boxer who is known for his controversial remarks on almost all the matters related to society, Feiz Mohammad courted controversy recently when he blamed women for being raped. He also went public with the statement that a prominent Dutch Politician should be beheaded, which further fueled the controversy against his name.
7. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:
The much controversial political leader and popular Islamic leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ignited more controversies in his political career than the number of years of his life on earth. He is always in news for issuing provocative statements and challenging authority of the various superpowers in the modern era.
6. Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei:
One of the most famous confidantes of the Iranian President, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei staged some level of controversy in the Islamic world when he opined that the current times marks a new era of Islam, which should be named as Mahdism or Messinaism. He has also been criticized on the grounds of always pressurizing clergy to act on his words.
5. Nabil Al Awadhi:
A world famous sheik who regularly appears on different Arab channels, his views especially regarding the uprising in Syria are regarded as controversial by many sections of the world. He is a public orator, who audaciously puts his notions forward and a strong supporter of Islamic rule of law in all parts of the world.
4. Zakir Naik:
A doctor by profession, Zakir Naik is a prominent speaker on the subject of Islam and comparative religions. Similar to his mentor Ahmed Deedat he is known to be well acquainted with all the scriptures of differed religions. Zakir Naik who is an active speaker on the Peace channel is banned from delivering lectures in many parts of the world that regard his views contradictory to their religious beliefs.
3. Ahmed Deedat:
A prolific public speaker of Indian descent, Ahmed Deedat was a very learned Islamic scholar of his times. He was known to be well versed with Quran along with Holy Books of other religion too. However, because of his beliefs that Islam is the most pure and undoubted religion and his open retaliation of the same, has garnered him criticism from around the world. Standing at #3 in this list of controversial Islamic figures, Ahmed Deedat is considered by many as a religious hypocrite.
2. Al –Zawahiri:
A loyal aide to his master (Osama Bin Laden) but much more ruthless, Al –Zawahiri is the current leader of the Islamic terrorist organization, Al-Qaeda. He is the very person who is responsible for revival of terrorism in many parts of the world listed among the most wanted terrorists in the world today.
1. Osama Bin Laden:
No one can beat this person in terms of possessing a controversial stature. The dreaded terrorist who was always regarded as the threat to the peace in the world created numerous controversies in his life time before being shot in Pakistan last year. The “devil man” was the sole reason for creating instability in many parts of the world with his controversial ideology and viewpoints.