Deviance of Dr. Zakir Naik

After a long and some what absent period, my college friend rang me yesterday. We had a long and a strong discussion. Mostly centered around the typical issues generally a confused, lost and ‘new’ practising muslim tends to ask. Why follow medhabs? why celebrate the melad? etc. Now back during our college days he was one of those types of muslims who were on the edge, so to speak. In that, if there was any sign of anyone having the slightest indication of knowing he is a muslim, my friend would go-out-of-his-way to display attitudes contrary to Islam and the actions of an average muslim. You may say that he was a scared and frightened muslim. With 9/11 freshly etched on the minds of people. That era of time saw tremendous things unfold on the playing fields of life. which was, Muslims were afraid of being classified or even noticed as being a muslim.
People, especially the ones who were non-practicing muslims, increased their stereotypical views of practicing muslims, which to be frank, already somewhat etched in the minds. That, they are a bunch of archaic, backward, out of fashion and dumb people. This was pretty much the view my friend held and how he saw practicing muslims. Having said that, by enlarge, this was the view of most if not all ‘muslims’. Anyway, after the pleasantries were over, i was pleased and disappointed at the same point about my friend. Pleased in that, my friend had seemed to have taken a change for the better. Started becoming a practicing muslim. On the other hand, i was disappointed to know that the circle of friends he was associating with now, are a group of people who are quick to accuse people of apostacy and shirk. The people who are the adherents, followers and stanch-fans of Dr. Zakir Naik and his henchmen. One thing which emerged from our discussion was, the sole reference point my friend used, and time and again refered to was the infamous ‘Dr. Zakir Naik’. His whole arguments was based on what Zakir Naik, the famous da’ii, (albeit in the indian sub continent community) says about medhabs and on certain issues of Islam. After a lenghty discussion i was happy to make one thing clear in his mind.
That, Zakir Naik is not a scholar! And, that we should not take our Islam from any Joe Blogs of the street.

Going back several years, the first i had come across of Zakir Naik was when someone gave me a tape of Ahmed Deedat. After listening to deedat, i was elated. Elated in the sense that we had in the ummah people who could take on the christians, and the jews at their own game. Using their own religious scriptures to score points against them. At the back of the tape was an image of a very skinny, small man, with dark complexion. This man, as i would find out later on in life, was the young Zakir Naik. The next up and coming debater for the muslims. The self-proclaimed student of Ahmed Deedat. Things were looking good, since Ahmed Deedat was getting old and had already suffered health scares, it was good to know there was someone just like him to replace him, once he died. Unfortunately, as things would turn out later in life, this Zakir Naik will not be the same as Ahmed Deedat. With Zakir Naik’s popularity growing at an exponential rate, especially in the indian sub-continent. He soon opened a new islamic ‘Dawah’ TV station called the ‘Peace TV’. This was to be the first of its kind. The first 24 hour islamic Dawah channel. When it opened a number of years back it was highly popular. His debates with pastors, priests, rabbis, etc, were amazing to watch. The velocity with which he could quote verse upon verses of any religious scriptures was tantalizingly sublime! This gave him a huge following, both within the non-muslim crowds and within the muslims. However, slowly (as most people are aware) HE STARTED TO DIVULGE. He started to deviate from strictly sticking to his speciality, which was dawah. To giving out judgements, fatwas and guidance for his ever-growing muslim fan base! Taking up the position of a islamic scholar.
With his ability to memorize anything in parrot fashion. He is very good at quoting hadiths and quranic verses with references, when he makes his arguments and judgements. This mezmorizingly, magical ability he has, has made people become spellbound to his spells. Anything he says or issues decree on, is seen as a islamic injunction, issued by a high level islamic scholar. Although to be blunt, he does not even know how to read and write arabic properly!

The point of this post is to point out a number of facts.
Firstly, just memorizing and then quoting hadiths and quranic verses does not make you an over night scholar. Each hadith and quranic verse has lengthy interpretations and meaning behind it. Which a person has to learn from a teacher. Sitting under him for a great number of years.
Secondly, the student has to master the arabic language, then he can only begin to dream of learning the islamic sciences.
Thirdly, once a person has become fully QUALIFIED as a shaykh, does he has the legal backing (which links him back to the prophet (Saw) though a chain of transmission) to preach and give out fatwas and judgements of the topics/issues of islam.

A person can read a scientific journal on open heart surgery and be quoting his knowledge to people. Saying, ‘this is what you do, and this is how you do it’. His ability to demonstrate how to do open heart surgery does not mean he is a qualified surgeon. No! He has to go through an institution of learning and qualify as a surgeon before any credibility can be given to him. Likewise a person can tell you and quote to you hadiths and quranic verses like songs off a hymn. But, as long as he/she has not studied under a teacher or has gone through a institution of learning, learning the islamic sciences and the interpretations according to the 14 centuries ulema. Then he has no right to issue out judgements or even say, ‘This is what so a so says, im only quoting their views’. Even in this a person can take things out of context and meanings.
Zakir Naik should simply stick to what he is good at. That is, giving dawah and debating with people of other faiths. He has no legal authority or the legal backing of islamic shuyukhs to be discussing the pros and cons, the rights and wrongs of the greatest islamic scholars. Imam Abu Hanifah, Imam Shafi etc. The likes of whom he tries to put down as being normal, incompetent, average muslims!
His deviance is not only causing him harm, but also the millions of his fans who religiously watch his programs. My friend is just one example amongst the ocean of people zakir naik is causing to become confused, dumbfounded and frustrated at the intricacies of islamic issues, sunnah, lifestyles and jurisprudence. His incompetence is leading many people who are barely managing to lead a islamic life, pick up Quran and hadith, and derive their own understanding and meanings, just like he tends to do! As far as i can see, it is the beginning of a great calamity waiting to happen. In on other time in our history have the muslims faced such dangerous times as now. We are being told by unqualified, incompetent, laymen how to lead islamic lives. What is right and what is wrong. The sense of having a qualified, and highly knowledgeable scholar guiding and supporting the muslims, is slowing being eradicated from people’s minds.

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10 replies on “Deviance of Dr. Zakir Naik”

Yes, He calling Yazid, Razi Allah Taala anhoo and saying Karbala was a political war etc. He has lost all the galore and people have seen his real face. I think in Pakistan they have realized it strongly enough to ban his channel.


Zakir Naik should simply stick to what he is good at. That is, giving dawah and debating with people of other faiths. – If this is allowed then why not others.
Your article fails to identify its very core, that is, you care two hoots about the order in your own house ( not wanting his views) but you are willing to accept his judgement about someone else.


Dawah can be done by anyone and should be done by everyone. Although, I have to say, his evangelical type of dawah is some what counter productive to bringing people to Islam. That is my opinion, it only serves to further alienate people and their beliefs. His deviance is far more dangerous. As a layman cannot without due qualification assume the role of a scholar and begin to see himself in this light. It only opens the door for corruption as disorder. Our illustrious tradition has been kept in tact because of the ‘rules of operations’, so to speak we have. Which locks out incompetent people from assuming the blessed role of being the prophet’s (heir)!


I just wanted to point out that Dr.Zakir Naik does not see himself as a scholar, only hours ago on his channel, on a talk he stated that he is not a scholar, he trys to answer the questions according to the ayats and hadith saheeh, and may be the understanding of recognised scholars.


Subhanallah, You as a muslim stand and dishonor a muslim, what do you expect from a disbeliever?
You say that he is not “qualified”. To the best of my knowledge, a scholar needs knowledge, wisdom and most importantly faith, not a certificate.
Also Islam teaches for you not to judge, before you look at others look to your own. Do you know all the quranic ayats and their translation and tafseer that Dr.Naik recites? How many people have you brought into Islam? How many lives have you changed, how many sins have you prevented and how many thawabs have you caused? How many orphans have you accommodated, how many children have you educated?
Dr.Zakir Naik is not God, he makes mistakes but it is apparent that he tries to do the best he can to improve the faith of the ummah. If you cannot congratulate him for trying then do not critise or give negative comments.
Honestly, I am heart-brocken to see this. May Allah strengthen the ummah’s faith and give us unity.


“…You say that he is not “qualified”. To the best of my knowledge, a scholar needs knowledge, wisdom and most importantly faith, not a certificate. Also Islam teaches for you not to judge, before you look at others look to your own. Do you know all the quranic ayats and their translation and tafseer that Dr.Naik recites?”

The quote above is of what you just said. It brilliantly exemplifies my points. On why Zakir Naik and his cronies are dangerous to listen to. Only knowing quranic ayahs does not authorise a person to become or act like a overnight scholar. More over, ridiculing and belittling the greatest of the scholars to have come out from this ummah. Namely, the four ai’mahs; imam Abu Hanifah, Imam Shafi, Imam Maliki & Imam Ahmad ibn hanbal. I am not saying negative things about him. All I am doing is pointing to what he is doing openly. A person who openly & unashamefully does evil and bad things has the right to be shown his misguided ways. So people are safeguarded from the likes of him.

Lastly, I did say he is good at what he does. That being, he should stick to doing his evengenical style debate dawahs. As its very entertaining to watch for some.


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