Two of the five young militants who slaughtered 20 innocent people at the Holey Artisan Bakery in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka confessed that they follow three controversial Islamists -- Anjem Choudary, Shami Witness and Zakir Naik.
Zakir Naik. Pic/YouTube
Zakir Naik is an Indian Islamic preacher who is considered as one of the controversial preacher from India. He is the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), and founder of Peace TV channel, through which he reaches a reported 100 million viewers.
Twitterati took to Twitter to blame Naik for the Dhaka attacks.
#ZakirNaik has he not been spilling venom for years..but still roaming freely bcos of appeasement policies of all the govmts..BJP included— GARIMA SINGH (@trueindiangari) July 6, 2016
I repeat again - NOT a fan of #ZakirNaik infact think he is a shrewd manipulator . But can't label him a terrorist. That's wrong period 1n— Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) July 6, 2016
#ZakirNaik is new Hannibal in town....preaches hate,violence,arson,loot of Kafirs,must be arrested & sent to jail— Ashok Garekar (@DrGarekar) July 6, 2016
everytime saying that terrorist has no religion is not solution why terrorist dont name like god's army or christ arny like that? #ZakirNaik— rakesh kumar (@rakeshk0999) July 6, 2016
I met #ZakirNaik at broadcast India exhibition. He was there to see advance technology in communications. Surprised 2 hear abt terror links— Ravindra Ambekar (@RavindraAmbekar) July 6, 2016
Naik is banned in the UK, Canada and Malaysia. He is widely popular in Bangladesh through his Peace TV, although his preaching often demeans other religions including other Muslim sects and is among 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia.
He is hugely popular in Bangladesh through his Peace TV although his preaching often demeans other religions and even other Muslim sects, the report said.
Naik, in his lecture in Peace TV has reportedly 'urged all Muslims to be terrorists'.