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On Televangelist Zakir Naik: Don’t give in to pretenders who condemn Sufi followers as “grave worshippers”, says Sadia Dehlvi

By Sadia Dehlvi

November 11, 2008

Something good is happening in the Muslim world. A man with a half-Muslim parentage will soon take oath as the American President. The Malegaon blasts are being fairly investigated. Recently, Muslim scholars, activists and clerics got together and issued fatwas delinking Islam with terror. An 18-coach Sheikh-ul-Hind Express from Deoband carrying 2,000 clerics set out on a journey with a message of peace and integration. Some 6,000 clerics from 21 states met in Hyderabad to issue more fatwas against terror activities. From shock and denial modes, the Indian Muslim community has begun to introspect and take positive steps.

Commendable Step

Now, a collective body of Muslim clerics has taken another commendable step by denouncing televangelist Zakir Naik’s speeches and demanding a ban on them. Popular Muslim resentment against Naik became evident last December when he used the phrase, “May God be pleased with him”, for Yezid, the debauch ruler and murderer of Imam Hussain; the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson who was martyred at the battle of Kerbala. Throughout Islamic history, these particular words have been used only for the Prophet’s trusted companions. Anger has now peaked with Naik declaring that praying to Prophet Mohammed and seeking his intercession with God is heresy.

I have been particularly disturbed by the growing popularity of Naik, founder of Peace TV and president of the Islamic Research Foundation. Naik is not an Islamic scholar or a cleric and can best be described as a preacher famous for his computer-like memory of almost all religious scriptures like the Bible, the Vedas and the Quran.

A doctor by training and inspired by the late India-born South African evangelist Sheikh Ahmed Deedat, Naik loves to debate with Hindus on the Vedas, with Jains about vegetarianism and atheists on religion and science. In the garb of inter-faith dialogues, he not only runs down all major religions, but also rubbishes as haraam (sinful) all Muslim devotional aspects that differ from his viewpoint.

Legacy of the Sufis

In the subcontinent, Islam is the legacy of the Sufis who gave us traditions of syncretism and communal harmony. By condemning Sufi followers as “grave worshippers”, Salafi and Wahabi ideology-inspired speakers such as Naik reject an entire historical body of Islamic scholarship, jurisprudence and almost 80 per cent of Islamic literature. Naik is on record saying, “If Osama bin Laden is terrorising America or the enemies of Islam, every Muslim should become a terrorist.” Excerpts of this video are circulating on the internet, damaging the already wounded perception of Islam and its followers.

Social injustices cannot be used as a theme to create havoc and destruction in society. However, some rabid ideologues continue providing fuel to Muslim animosity by overturning the spirituality of Islam into a rationalised discourse leading to pragmatic political activism. If Muslims insist that Hindutva ideologues be quietened, we must do the same with Muslim radicals. Dialogue within the Muslim community on what form the rightful Islamic traditions should be has long been overdue. Thankfully, Muslims are now alert, identifying and rejecting intolerant elements within their own people.

Sadia Dehlvi is a Delhi-based actor and commentator.

Source: Hindustan Times

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  • @rational mohammed

    Good for once you have asked a sensible question which is not expected of a muslim.

    As per hindu belief, the god is one which is making you think in your three states of life being the following :

    i am waking
    i am sleeping
    i am dreaming

    The common factor of i which supports your existence is god. it is not the stone in mecca.

    I have given the definition and proof of the hindu god which is the gist of your existence. Pls give the proof of your abrahamic god, if you can provide something.

    otherwise it is tribe of blind follower belong to the prophet wife and son in law fighting for centuries as uncivilized mobs 

    By satwa gunam - 8/11/2013 8:32:29 AM

  • You are right rational: everyone of mystic and yogic feats can be expolained by science. Read autobiography of a yogi by paramahansa yogananda for such explicit discussion of yogic principles. The question is has the current human scientific development evolved to handle such scientific knowledge? The moment they knew how to split an atom led to nuclear weapons. Can you imagine what will happen if they get hold of energies and scientific knowledge that are even more advanced? If you look at the lives of mystics and yogis throughout history, they all had knowedlge of subtle energies, techniques and powers which can be considered gifts, but believed in God which is often referred to as the primordial energy in light form that existed before the universe came into existence. You can call that energy as God or light or waves or some particle name or big bang waves etc. But, the underlying theme always is there have always been things that go beyond the understanding of human knowledge at every stage of human evolution even to the advanced mystical beings. This reinforced the existence of God. Except that the advanced being realized God as that unknown explanation for the scientific theings the experience while the average man believes God resides in a stone or idol. The average man is correct in principle as that primordial energy with unexplained source is manifested in the rock or idol.   I can go on. But the point of my rambling being that we as humans cannot venture far into the unknown realm of knowledge without invoking God or we will get confused in technicalities before long. 
    By JB - 8/11/2013 7:40:08 AM

  • Dear Satwa.
    First prove there is a God. Later we can discuss the nature of Abrahmic and  non-Abrahmic God.

    Abrahmic God is powerful He just says Kun (Be) and fayakoon (it happens). How is your god?

    I read somewhere that the matter(universe), energy and God are both eternal. God created things from already available raw material. Does it belong to Hinduism? Have ever you yourself experienced the God you are talking about.
    So called Godly experiences are work of right brain. Logical experiences  are work of left brain. It explains that all believers can experience the God. It is not the monopoly of one faith.
    It seems nobody is sure what is God though everybody claims he only knows the true God.

    Experiments in neurology, psychology will reveal the nature of mystic experiences.
    You can visit www.agniveer.com. Have you ever read Satayrth Prakash by Swami Dayanand? What do you belong to Sanatan Dharm or Arya Samaj?

    By rational mohammed yunus - 8/10/2013 11:13:03 PM

  • @rational mohammed

    There is no other god other than hindu god as it includes innate and living.  

    where are the abrahamic gods do not live in idols and temples, hence by acceptance neither omnipotent nor omnipresent.

    Poor gods they have to look out for the protection under one hindu divinity.

    The stupid abrhamic god has not given the knowledge which it did not have to its moronic followers on it religion during the sleep so where is the question of these moron getting knowledge of death and afterwards.

    By satwa gunam - 8/10/2013 8:16:38 AM

  • dear satwa
    samajh men nahi aaya kiya kahna chah rahe ho. phir se kaho. yeh kahne ki cheez hai baar kaho.
    na to main muslim bhaiyon ke kaatne kosne se ghabraya na tumhare kaatne kosne se ghabrata.
    agar hindi theek se nahi aati to ham se seekh lo.
    main achhi tarah jaanta hoon ki dharmik log kab kiya rang pakad lete hain. isiliye main kisi bhi dharam se itna prabhaawit nahi hota. 

    By rational mohammed yunus - 8/8/2013 7:44:30 AM

  • dear satwa
    you are barking on wrong tree. muslim's god is terrific. christian's god is jealous. yours become an animal. 
    thank a lot for describing your god. you can send any movie to me. any abuse you can hurl on me. at least you can't disturb me.

    By rational mohammed yunus - 8/8/2013 7:20:46 AM

  • @rational mohamaed

    please give bullshit about the tolerance of muslim.  Ass*** starting from kasi to afghanistan tell the true animal which call themselves as muslims.

    I read somewhere janwar ko marnekale bhagawan ko be janwar bana paduthata.

    To make ass**** like you to understand i have no choice but to rude.

    If nothing offends why the hell  muslims were on the roads for the short movie made in egypt by some idiot

    By satwa gunam - 8/7/2013 9:16:07 PM

  • @Rational Sb,
    I bet you, no Islamic scholars match for Mr.Ali sina including here Mohammed Yunus of New age Islam etc. He can easily defeat any one .

    By Dharama_raj - 8/7/2013 4:21:21 AM

  • Dear Satwa
    You can go to any extent. Let us see what is in your beg.
    It seems you failed to comprehend the whole comment. How can I contempt the c*** where I come from!!
    100% agree it can be mother, Sister or daughter. Should we be ashamed for it?
    The comment is about the Muslim beliefs and their condemnation of Shirk in various form.
    This comment was not for you. And there is no hint in it to deride the Hinduism.
    I only wonder why are you so upset? I expected it from the Muslims.
    May I request you to be specific what actually offended you. Is it I mentioned Hindu Tantrik?

    whether my p**** works or not should not be your concern.
    P and C are complementary. So no need to go out of mind. I worship neither P nor C. both one day shrink.

    By rational mohammed yunus - 8/6/2013 10:09:00 PM

  • Dear Satwa
    What happened? You have inserted so many stars in your comments. It made the comment incomprehensible so it leaves no impression. Learn something from Sadaf  or from me.
    There is something common between all believing persons.
    First they try to be polite and when it doesn't work jerk in the knees and come to star style comments.

    By rational mohammed yunus - 8/6/2013 9:35:06 PM

  • Islam is about believing an abstract idea of the existence of God who alone is supreme and no one else is. 

    Therefore a person who believes in Islam does not have any expectation from anyone, dead or alive. 

    To him, no one has any magical solution to any problem he may be facing and only and only his own efforts and/or collective efforts with others can make few things work. Else nothing will. 

    Few other things that cannot be worked out even that way will never work out unless it were to happen someway. For such a situation one has to have patience. 

    While if it is unclear whether anything is to happen or not and one needs that to happen, then one should strive for it. 

    If things gets done, one should be humble and not be arrogant and start claiming to have done impossible. 

    If it is done, it was not impossible and whosoever must have made it possible to happen although with that much of effort by the one who ultimately proved it to be possible should be given the credit for it. Obviously no man, but one supreme power alone is left for credit. 

    If something is not done despite all efforts, one should not hurt oneself by accusing self of having not done sufficiently nor should one accuse the one who would have otherwise been given credit of having things got done. It must be taken with a thought that one is not God to be able to do all things or even know whether it was in his best interest to have that thing happened or not. God alone must be having the wisdom to know what was in the best interest. Best interest, but not necessarily of the person asking for himself.

    Because the person is not that important at all. His ego has to be zero that way.

    All this frees one from anexity, arrogance and from being cheated for beliefs. 

    By sadaf - 8/6/2013 12:08:17 PM

  • @rational mohammed 

    If i want to be more abusive, you will have taken assistance outside if your p***** does not work.

    You get it a*********

    By satwa gunam - 8/6/2013 7:20:14 AM

  • @rational mohammad yunus

    If your p****** does not work you will neither have the pleasure of 77 virgins in the heavan nor have children of your own and you will be called 1/2.

    Every atom of the world has been created by the divinity with the reason and you can see the god where you want to see if you have attitude.

    It is like a girl who can be your mother, sister, daughter and also a prostitute.

    Finally you came from the c*** your are looking with contempt.

    It show you that you have not idea of what you are talking.

    By satwa gunam - 8/6/2013 5:24:56 AM

  • Dear Sadaf: I failed to understand your latest comment. Do you mean all those who kiss Hajr-e-Aswad are Wahabees? It is not meant for the so-called Wahabees only but it is for the followers of the Islam all over the world. Abusing reciprocally is quite common among the sects of Islam, I have observed all around it is happening that the Intellectual Mullahs have practically no belief and faith in Islamic tenets that's why they abuse each and every one and hurt others' sentiments frequently.
    By Abdullah - 8/6/2013 1:44:16 AM

  • Dair o haram ki bas asliyat itni hai
    wahan ling yahan kaaba pujta hai.

    Hindoo tantric yoni ki pooja karte hain lekin yeh aam logon ki nazaron se door hoti hai muslamano men lakhon logon ke beech hoti hai bas farq itna hai kiss karte hain.

    By rational mohammed yunus - 8/5/2013 7:05:24 PM

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