Zakir Naik travels to Qatar for FIFA World Cup


Controversial televangelist Zakir Naik, who has faced multiple cases of money laundering and hate speech in India, was invited by Qatar to give a speech promoting Islam ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Munish Chandra Pandey

New Delhi,Updated: Nov 21, 2022 13:01 IST

Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik (AFP file photo)

Written by Munish Chandra Pandey: Controversial televangelist Zakir Naik, who has faced multiple cases of money laundering and hate speech in India, Qatar was invited to give a lecture on Islam Ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

India bans Naik’s Islamic Research FoundationHe is accused of “encouraging and aiding its followers in promoting or attempting to promote feelings of enmity, hatred, or resentment between various religious sects and groups”.

One of the charges leveled against him by the Indian authorities was that he was involved in forced conversions. Based on the evidence, a charge sheet was filed against him for allegedly converting people of other religions to Islam.

Zakir Naik has been living in exile in Malaysia since 2017, as a fugitive, after the Indian government pressed charges against him for money laundering.

Although Naik has permanent residency in Malaysia, he was banned from speaking in the country in 2020 in the interest of “national security”.

He has been accused of making inflammatory speeches and questioned by local police for his intention to disturb the peace by commenting on the Hindu and Chinese communities living in the Muslim-majority country.



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