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Muslim Preachers, Zakir Naik & Bilal Phillips, Denied Entry into UK

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The Internet Muslim Community has been buzzing with reports of Dr Zakir Naik being denied entry into the UK. Dr Zakir Naik was scheduled to host his Famous Peace Conference in the UK this year but was denied a visa on the accusation of him being a supporter of terrorism.

The controversy continued when several other Islamic orators were denied entry as well.While Dr Bilal Philips who was scheduled to speak at a conference on Sunday was denied entry at the airport and sent back to Qatar. Dr Bilal posted the following on Facebook on Monday:

Well, the inevitable finally happened. At least the British Home Secretary called Dr Naik in Mumbai prior to his trip and told him not to come. I arrived to London this Saturday morning, 19 June, at 8am only to denied entry and put back on a plane at 11am back to Doha!!! So, I was unable to attend the Qur’aan conference on the 20th as planned!!!

When asked to comment on the situation, Dr Bilal told me the following:

They are only shooting themselves in their own feet as it is we who are enlightening Muslims to the true teachings of Islam to warn them away from extremism and terrorism in the name of Islam. When they ban us, they leave a vacuum which the extremists will fill using what has happened to us as proof of their evil intent. It’s all good in the end

Ismail Kamdar, a.k.a Abu Muawiyah, is the Head Tutorial Assistant of the Islamic Online University, and the host of Living Islam on Radio Al-Ansaar. He began his study of Islam at the age of thirteen, and has completed both the Alim course and a BA in Islamic Studies. He is the author of multiple books including Having Fun the Halal Way: Entertainment in Islam, Getting The Barakah: An Islamic Guide to Time Management and Best of Creation: An Islamic Guide to Self-Confidence.

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    Mirza Shahebaz Baig

    June 23, 2010 at 12:15 AM

    Salamualaikum,
    Thank you for posting this. Absolutely they are shooting in their foot. Do you think the lawyers could overturn Mrs May’s Fatwa and allow him an UK entry, before a scheduled time?

    I also read that they are approaching Indian Prime Minister to support their case, as its clearly a politically motivated decision and not legal one, on the face of it.

    May Allaah Preserve our Ulama and Daee of Islaam. Ameen.

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      MARIO fernandes

      July 13, 2010 at 2:35 AM

      DR zakir naik is not trying to bring peace in the world, but the conflict. yes he is the supportor of terrorism. few things when asked , he says ‘I DONT KNOW’. for all other things he does research and has a answer. in law you cannot terrorize anyboby even if he is a culprit. there are laws to do that. but mr naik supports that. to support his claim that september 11 was a inside job, he says that there are more than 40 videos from americans saying that it is inside job. but he never mentions about so many books that says al qeeda is responsible for that attack. he picks something what suits his claims.

      recently he is banned in UK. and i feel it is a good decision. his presence can spoil peace among muslims in uk. i will give u an example. in one of his talk in uk, he was asked by a muslim boy whether wishing merry christmas to christians is ok or not. Mr Naik said it is haram because when you wish , it means you are supporting the claim that Jesus christ is a begotten son of god, which muslims dont agree. in this context muslims should not stay in uk with christians for the same logic given by Mr Naik.can he ask all the muslims there to pack their bags for this reason. similarly, with the same logic of his, a muslim should not study in a catholic school. why ?. because they beleive that the Jesus christ is the begotten son of god. Mr Naik did his schooling in convent school. why ?. why dont he tell all the muslims to be away from christian schools ?. believe me, if muslim start believing mr Naik, then their will be conflict in the world.

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        DrM

        July 16, 2010 at 1:58 AM

        Wrong on all counts. Zakir Naik has serious doubts like many Americans on 9/11, does that make them terrorists as well? Ofcourse not. You’re just another lying hypocrite trying to stifle free speech simply because it doesn’t fit your inferior and ignorant mindset.

        Get back to us when you find those Iraqi WMDs(7 years and counting), warmonger.

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        Afeef

        September 22, 2010 at 5:34 AM

        Hello Mario,

        If Dr Zakir Naik picks and chooses things to suit him, it’s wrong and when the British Government does the same thing it is the “right decision”? At least Dr Zakir Naik chooses a neutral thing that doesn’t violate anyone’s rights or hurt them. So what he says he doesn’t know about Osama Bin Laden? Is he supposed to have an opinion on every issue under the sun? No! Are people now being banned to NOT have an opinion even? What is the matter with the world?

        Wishing explicitly is a problem. It is a matter of religion. But studying in a school is a worldly thing and has got nothing to do with your beliefs.

        Please, do not be blinded by extremism.

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        mozam

        December 13, 2010 at 4:08 PM

        I wouldnt go as far as he is supporting terror or fueling world conflict.
        His Merry xmas view is his own, I dont have a problem saying merry xmas as I regard it as the bday of one of God’s messengers however I will avoid participating in a xmas party/carolling as the begotten son claim arises, which is what I think he meant.

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      Md. Shakil Ahmed

      February 26, 2011 at 8:45 PM

      ALTHOUGH I JUSTIFY KILLING OF HOMOSEXUALS AND APOSTATES IF THEY ARE IN A COUNTRY WHERE SHARIAH LAWS ARE EXECUTED BUT I AM REALLY FED UP OF THE GREAT FRAUD DR. ZAKIR NAIK HERE IS THE PROOF OF HIS FRAUDLENTS::http://stevenson1101.blogspot.com/2011/02/suicide-bombing-and-double-standard-of.html

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        Mohammad Rashid

        March 1, 2011 at 1:02 AM

        Just curious, how do you justify killing of Apostates and Homosexuals if they are in a country where Shariah law is implemented? The statement is very open-ended. Do you have any definitions and parameters that you apply to this or is it meant to be open-ended and a general rule?

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      sophie Lemesurier

      August 20, 2015 at 5:55 AM

      why are they sooo keen to come to the uk? they have ten of thousands if not more people attending their huge gathering in their countries. Muslims are fine in the UK.
      If they were denied entry for whatever “reason” than as Muslims they should say Alhamdullillah; Allah’s plan is always for the best, even if we do not understand it at the time, we should trust Allah Almighty in his grand plan for us.
      One last point why are so many Muslims busy TALKING about Islam when they should be doing some good: zaki naik is a doctor why do he not help the sick? not glamourous enough for him? all the other useless “speakers” yaking” endlessly, why do they not DO something useful? do they not get bored with the sound of their own boring tiresome voices?
      Perhaps now people should start projects and involve their youth in DOING nice things: conservation projects, income generating projects (most of the Muslims seems to be punished by Allah with poverty for not practising Islam) health rediscovering islamic Medicine, historical projects: re-discovering islamic inventions: agricultural, mechanical engineering…learning tajweed, hadith
      sciences, languages, especially Arabic…. intercultural exchanges projects…
      Enough talking by empty vessels.
      So may be they should not come and disturb the peace & quiet of beautiful sedate England.

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    Shakti Kumar Banskar

    June 23, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    These decisions are indicating the mentality of these people. They say, ” you are trying to clear the wrong image of Islam; We can’t allow this because we have spent a lot of money and manpower to create this wrong image and our all major foreign policies are depended on this image. How dare you to try to clear this image?

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      Hassan Adnan

      June 23, 2010 at 12:55 AM

      Assalam O Alikum,
      Yes wonderful point. They are worried about their money that they have spent in portraying the distorted image of Islam. SubhanAllah Islam calls the fitrah of the man to accept it. And the light will only continue to be perfected by Allah SWT. Verily, those who disbelieve spend their wealth to hinder (men) from the Path of Allâh, and so will they continue to spend it; but in the end it will become an anguish for them. Then they will be overcomed. And those who disbelieve will be gathered unto Hell. [Al Anfal-Ayat:36] They (the disbelievers, the Jews and the Christians) want to extinguish Allâh’s Light (with which Muhammad SAW has been sent – Islâmic Monotheism) with their mouths, but Allâh will not allow except that His Light should be perfected even though the Kâfirûn (disbelievers) hate (it). [At-Tawba Ayat :32]

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      danny panther

      August 23, 2010 at 1:44 PM

      Absolutely brother Shakti , its very true ,they have invested billions and are running away even from public debates , which culd have cleared the misunderstanding that people have .

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    Hassan Adnan

    June 23, 2010 at 12:48 AM

    Assalam O Alikum Wr Wb,
    I find it as a turning point, where Allah SWT has disclosed there hatred for Islam, and their hidden motivation have come to surface which reveals their dual face, of proclaimers of bringing justice and peace and talking big with their mouths about it: today the facade of their hypocrisy has fallen down. I believe this is the start of religious oppression for the Muslims, they can expect other such news in the coming. May Allah Keep us steadfast in religion. Ameen.

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    Kashif

    June 23, 2010 at 12:54 AM

    Assalamoalaikum

    Dr. Bilal’s point of filling this gap by extremists is really worth pondering for all the world. may ALLAH SWT bless our scholars and Ummah.

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    Mohammad Sabah

    June 23, 2010 at 1:14 AM

    SubhanAllah. With incidents like these, Allah Subhanahu wa Taala is preparing the Ummah to become strong and upright again in sha Allah, and is revealing clearly the hidden intentions of the kuffars. One of the primary driving forces behind this is to hinder the clear message of Islam from coming through and affecting numerous hearts and minds, but nobody can hinder Allah’s plan. Let’s use this opportunity to strengthen our thirst for ilm, for implementing it in our lives and for spreading it in sha Allah.

    wasalam.

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    syed mohammmed

    June 23, 2010 at 1:14 AM

    i will protest in bangalore that .why bluddy uk politician n government not to entre my brother zakir if they born to ther mother they will welcome bro zakir becoz he spoil’s the base of shaitan……………………………………….

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      sanwin

      June 23, 2010 at 1:47 PM

      Hey Einstein, why don’t you get an education first ?

      What’ does ‘bluddy’ really mean ?

      Moron.

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        muffassir

        June 23, 2010 at 2:18 PM

        He has got an education and knowing English well is not the only sign of a good education. Hence you need to advise him with the best of manners that is the character of a muslim.

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        sam

        June 24, 2010 at 12:43 PM

        wat an idiot u are sanwin

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    amad

    June 23, 2010 at 1:37 AM

    Rest assured, some part of the UK Israel lobby is behind this…

    freedom of speech is being squelched in every way possible… but only Muslim speech. Otherwise all other speech and insults against muslims are welcome. Even in America, a recent decision to ban even humanitarian support to terrorist groups can be prosecuted as aiding terrorists! That means if you feed a kid in Gaza, you may be considered a supporter of terrorism!

    UK conservatives going down the Bush route…

    I hope that the UK muslims stand up against this gross injustice and fight May all the legal system, because I can see where this is going. Pretty soon only the Quilliam-approved speakers will be allowed into the UK!

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    Muslim Stranger

    June 23, 2010 at 1:53 AM

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    Sayf

    June 23, 2010 at 1:56 AM

    This is a great shame, however I do advise you brother Ismail to show the readers some idea of why Dr.Naik was banned. He did have a youtube clip in which he said things about bin laden that he really really shouldn’t have. Still though, the British government has to be really narrow-minded to not look at what his positions actually are and the good things he promotes.

    With that being said, Dr. Bilal Philips too? That’s strange. I remember they also rejected Amir Muhadith – the rapper formerly known as Loon, entry into Canada… he was supposed to give a nice talk at YorkU – well he still did, video conferencing ftw!

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      Hassan Adnan

      June 23, 2010 at 2:35 AM

      A.A Brother Saif,
      The youtube video that you pointed out, Zakir Naik has clarified in a Peace TV interview that to say that anything is an evidence that only exists on the youtube is not wise. He has challenged to show anything that he has said related to that topic on PEACE TV productions that is out of the sanity of a responsible person. Youtube videos can be altered, and the things is it is very easy to do that. I have seen Stephen Hawkings(Scientist+Atheist: and a threat to Religious Philosophy ) accepting Islam on Youtube. One must be shrewd in making claims atleast on public media sources until he knows the trace back source. I suggest you watch the interview, rather it is a must watch for everybody to understand the Scenario At Hand. JazakAllah khair.

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      erfan

      June 23, 2010 at 4:53 AM

      as salaamu alaikum

      brother, everything was taken out of context and distorted. check out dr zakir naik’s response in which he refutes all allegations:

      “western women are more susceptible to rape” – Dr. Zakir Naik
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J_AzIsmJhk

      “If Osama bin Laden is terrorizing America, I am with him” – Dr. Zakir Naik
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcoxaF9PW9o

      “every muslim should be a terrorist!” – Zakir Naik
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf1f1U1zixk

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      Sayf

      June 23, 2010 at 10:28 AM

      Jazakallah khair! That clears things up nicely.

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      Sameer

      June 23, 2010 at 9:07 PM

      Well I actually saw that video in which Dr Zakir Naik alledgely supported terrorism. But if you see that video, he did not at all supported terrorism. What he was saying one should be terrorising terrorist. According to him, USA is a terrorist country

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    Muslim Stranger

    June 23, 2010 at 4:04 AM

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    Jamal Khan

    June 23, 2010 at 4:25 AM

    Mashallah I think this is a fantastic decision by the British government. People who are popular yet unqualified should not be giving scholarly speeches on subject areas that are beyond their field. Although Zakir Naik is excellent on comparative religion he has branched out into other areas he has no understanding or grounding in and consequently led thousands of people astray (who see him as a role model). Some Ulema have even put a fatwa of Kuffar on Naik!

    As someone who has followed Zakir Naik and Billal Philips for many years, I have no doubt that both hold anti Western views. They are both popular speakers who have been funded by the Saudi oil machine to spread their version of Islam across the world. A version that is hard-line, formulative, anti western, segregationist and not in line with traditional Islam or British society!

    Btw has anyone counted how many wives Billal Philips has had since he converted to Islam?

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      muffassir

      June 23, 2010 at 5:05 AM

      Well a person who has fooled himself of thinking that the UK government has denied entry to these slaves of Allah (SWT), who are working to remove the misconceptions of Islam and for the spread of Islam, on the basis of them being not qualified to be giving scholarly speeches on subject areas that are beyond their field, deserves no reply, however you were fortunate to get one. Be grateful. Regarding Bilal Philips personal life, that is none of our business, and do you know how many wives the Prophet (SAWS) had before and after he propagated the message of Islam? Don’t bring the arguments of the orientalists, and as long as one is following the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah and doing the Halal, we must not be suspicious.

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      amad

      June 23, 2010 at 5:14 AM

      Okay,
      please clarify further:
      1) Thousands of people astray? How? And how is it relevant to a British decision. Will they control what ideology is allowed or not (and i am not talking about violent ideology)?
      2) Some ulema have put fatwa of kufr on Naik. I will find you fatwas of kufr on pretty much every aalim in the world. And how is this relevant?
      3) What defines an anti-western view? If I don’t like many things in the West, would I be anti-Western? Who defines the criteria? And who is its judge?
      4) Assuming that there is some “Jamal yardstick” of anti-western sentiments, since when did having anti-West views become illegal? For instance, the Amish don’t like Western technologies either, they could be anti-West in some sense. Some people may not like the Western democratic systems, while others may not like the West at all. This includes people born and bred in the West. What do you suggest we do to them?
      5) What is the difference between UK and Saudi then if people cannot have anti-whatever views?

      We Muslims may have differences among ourselves, but let not those differences become a source of injustice and enmity. We cannot let the islamophobes use sectarian differences between Muslims to cause hatred and permit injustices to the “other sect”, as long as it is not promoting violence.

      Finally, your question about Bilal Phillips’ wives, from what I know, he doesn’t have any more than the Quran permits. Wanna take that up with the Home Office… maybe they’ll give you a fatwa against the Quranic injunction?

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      guru

      June 23, 2010 at 8:05 AM

      assalamo alaikum brother,,,,

      as u have said that zakir naik has been ventured into other areas ,,,,my question to u r what r other areas….i guess u r talking about fiqh…..

      Now,,,,let me tell u something,,,,,zakir naik whenever talks about any matter,,be it fiqh matter,,he give u proves from quran and hadees..he almost never talks without proves from quran and hadees,,….if u want to prove him wrong prove him wrong from quran and hadees….

      Zakir always tells u while talking on any matter from where he is taking this point,,he even tell u sura no, ayat no,volume no, book no, hadees no…..he is not like any other mulaas who just talks,,,wiithout giving any proof…..

      So if u want to prove zakir wrong,,,prove him wrong through quran and hadees…. .if u want to furthur discuss this matter email me- d_s.tyl_guru@yahoo.com…….jazakallah

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      mystrugglewithin

      June 23, 2010 at 2:50 PM

      “Some Ulema have even put a fatwa of Kuffar on Naik!” .. you shouldn’t have mentioned this, it nullified your argument, no offense.

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      abubakar

      February 17, 2011 at 8:36 AM

      Is western view line with the teaches Islam? the answer is no, then they have to be anti western view

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    zohair

    June 23, 2010 at 5:11 AM

    I am very happy to know that Zakir Naik and Bilal Philips are banned by the British Government. Both are hate preaches and are stooges of the Saudi Wahabi fanatics. They misuse their knowledge and come out with their own version which preaches hate give a bad name to the religion of peace.

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      Amad

      June 23, 2010 at 6:21 AM

      “Saudi wahhabi fanatic”… Interestingly King Abdullah still has an open invitation to UK.

      Quite sad really to see people being controlled by sectarian motivations to support a draconian British ruling. Remember, today it could be “your sheikh”, tomorrow it will be “our sheikh”.

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      Roshan

      June 23, 2010 at 8:54 AM

      Mr.Zohair,

      Can you explain where they have given hate speeches?. Thay always preaches peace as per the ISLAM

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        zohair

        June 23, 2010 at 9:33 AM

        Check youtube buddy and see how they preach Peace in islam by hating others especially Bilal Philips. You will get enlightened.

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          tabman

          June 23, 2010 at 10:20 AM

          Assalam u Alaikum Zohair,

          Can you please post some youtube links here about the accusation that you made above ?

          Thanks

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      Mohammad Sabah

      June 23, 2010 at 4:07 PM

      zohair: in sha Allah it will benefit you to review this excellent post on MM before using mythical and meaningless terms like ‘wahabi’: http://muslimmatters.org/2007/04/01/the-wahhabi-myth-debunking-the-bogeyman/

      wasalaam.

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      Shahid

      August 16, 2010 at 11:42 PM

      The person (Mr. Zakir Naik) who always speaks in the light of Hadees and Quran (with detailed refrences). How do you say him a messenger of Hate. He is the person who openly challenges his versions if he is wrong some one should prove it. You a crazy people filled up with pollution of wahabi sunni…..wahabi sunni…matters) don’t drag your dirty opinion i this column. You handful of people are the reason why we are not coming together. You just tell to me.. where every references are being given from Qauran and authentic Hadees……. where from this question comes whether Wahabi or sunni ideology is being imposed.

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    Rajesh

    June 23, 2010 at 5:21 AM

    -foul comment removed. Rajesh, why don’t you focus on the violent hindu fundamentalism, with Modi still in power, before pointing fingers to a man who has never been implicated in any violence.

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    SYED TEHREEM

    June 23, 2010 at 5:48 AM

    ITS A PITY ON UK GOVERNMENT THAT THEY HAVE NOT ALLOWED DR ZAKIR TO SPREAD PEACE .

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      Believer

      January 27, 2011 at 10:01 PM

      I don’t think Zakir Naik ever carried the message of Peace – he is a munafiq and a fasiq to the core

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    Faraz Omar

    June 23, 2010 at 8:03 AM

    It has spread to Canada now….

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    Arshada

    June 23, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    Brothers and Sisters,

    Signs like these command you as their students to step up and attempt to fill their void. You might do it stumbling, with mistakes, but we must rise to the occasion. You do not need validation of a Madinah University degree or a huge Facebook Fan page. You just need to be revive sincerity, seek knowledge and work like crazy. Work like crazy like they do. And if it happens you become a YouTube phenomenon and are silenced by the authorities, then there will be many behind you to carry the message, bidniallah

    Arshada

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      Arshada

      June 23, 2010 at 10:00 AM

      There is a book called, “Who Moved the Cheese ?” I feel the conversation on this thread will be like the group of mice that were just shocked and chatted about why the cheese was moved & not so much about the other group of mice that said, how can we get the cheese.

      Loved to be proven wrong

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      Ismail Kamdar

      June 24, 2010 at 9:51 AM

      Interesting point, perhaps the students of these scholars who are ready should take this as an opportunity. We always need more Shuyookh and Orators.

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    Roshan

    June 23, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    It is pity that UK bans great peace loving muslim personality like Brother Zakir Naik, the propagator of PEACE, which leave a vacuum which the extremists/Terrorist/Islam haters will fill using what has happened to us as proof of their evil intent. It’s all good in the end for Allah will complete His guidance despite their hatred of it. Allah hu akbar.

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    Kashif H

    June 23, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    salaam aleikum,

    2 things:

    1. It is interesting how Wilders is allowed into the UK and is even allowed to show a film denigrating the Quran in the UK parliament:

    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/03/201035161739232601.html

    this is most especially after he wanted to burn the Quran on TV and advocates for it to be banned as well:

    http://static.rnw.nl/migratie/www.radionetherlands.nl/currentaffairs/ned070808mc-redirected

    2. All this and Muslims and secularized apologists and “pro-regressive” modernist Muslim types want Muslims to say and do nothing when cartoons of the Prophet (saw) are published or when Islam/Muslims or the Prophet are insulted in Western TV programs, since we are to embrace “freedom of speech”.

    This hypocrisy is what is needed to be drawn attention to and exposed for the hollow value/ideal that it is.

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    Zayna

    June 23, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Asalamalikum,

    First comment here, and usually I just read. I was at Dr. Naik’s “peace conference” – didn’t learn anything and if at all, I felt that he was just promoting himself! Other’s may have another take, but I just feel that he’s one of those pay per view early in the morning evangelical preachers we see on tv. Allah knows best.

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      Javvad

      June 23, 2010 at 10:50 AM

      Pay per view? Last I knew, he had TV channels that are free to watch and the majority of his lectures are free to enter. If you have seen Zakir Naiks work, live or on tv (and it doesn’t sound like you have), you would be able to differentiate between an Evangelical preacher promoting himself and someone who is teaching people using information from the Quran and Hadith.
      Yes “Allah knows best” but it seems people shouldn’t take that statement as a go ahead to detatch themselves with intelligence and make silly comments that have no weight.

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        Zayna

        June 23, 2010 at 1:30 PM

        I didn’t say he was pay per view.. I said he sounds like an evangelical preacher. It’s not a silly comment, and I think people should be free say whether they like him or not. Granted, I think the peace talks are great and it should happen, Dr. Naik would not be my candidate for this. He loves to wrap himself around some sort of controversy, and what not.

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          Javvad

          June 23, 2010 at 3:04 PM

          It is fine to have an opinion but if you have an argument against something, you back it up with why you are against it. In this case you say he sounds like an Evangelical preacher but preachers normally never talk accurately about what is in their bible and have a myriad of different views about what is acceptable in Christianity. Most are out to garner money for their own ends and mislead their masses into many years of service for the sole purpose of benefitting their own lives in the Dunya.
          In this respect I think it is at the very least, disrespectful, to compare Dr. Naik to an Evangelical preacher and it is why I commented to you about this.
          As for whether he is suited for a role as a spokes person for peace, I really don’t see why not. Dr. Naik is a person who tackles issues effecting Muslims and to do that, there will definitely be controversy. It doesn’t mean he goes out looking for trouble but that trouble comes to him after he has tried to enlightned people on an issue.
          I have some issues with the good Doctor but I won’t let those effect my judgement of the job he has done, which very little people have had the guts to do.
          Peace is not about rolling around like a puppy, looking for your next treat from your master. That is servitude.
          Sadly this is what a lot of “practicing” muslims have to do, simply because practicing their faith now means that they are looked upon by society as outcasts and with paranoia.
          Peace is about being free, without being oppressed by society and this is what Islam dictates for Muslims to fight for if it is needed.
          I’m not saying we need to fight physically but we need to take on the responsibility of what Zakir Naik has been doing, which is to demystify Islam and tackle all the lies being said against it in the world today, intellectually.
          As far as this goes, I don’t see many other people better suited to talk at a Peace conference.

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          Mohammad Sabah

          June 23, 2010 at 3:52 PM

          Assalamo alaykum.

          Zayna: Yes you have the right to differ but please use logic , reasoning and proof when bringing up your argument. Just because you did not learn does not mean that the conference wasn’t good or the speaker was not good. Remember there are two components to communication (the speaker and the audience), and the problem could well have been on the other side, meaning the listener viz. you.

          Secondly, you have to pay careful attention to the talks that Dr. Naik gives where he backs his argument and speeches with proof from the Quran and Sunnah. If you miss this, you have missed everything. From all I have seen, I have seen Dr. Naik and Dr. Phillips only promote Islam and dispel misconceptions – where did you see Dr. Naik promote himself?

          Thirdly, tell me of ANY scholar who follows the Ahlus Sunnah wal-Jamaah who hasn’t been involved with controversy. It is not because the scholars (may Allah reward them) do not have the right intention; infact they have the most noble intentions – it’s because of ignorance, arrogance or plain malice of the audience. There are too many incidents to list out when people take statements out of context to suit their goals.

          Fourthly, let’s realize the seriousness of the issue here, and NOT digress into judging scholars and daees like Dr. Naik and Dr. Phillips – that is not our job, only Allah Subhanahu wa taala judges. The fact of the matter is they have been denied entry in UK on questionable and wrong evidence, and done to malign the name of Islam. No one can deny Dr. Naik and Dr. Phillips have been active in spreading the correct understanding of Islam for a long time Alhamdulillah. If we cannot physically support them, then let’s atleast not malign or slander them or judge them. This incident sets a dangerous precedent. Let’s strengthen our resolve to strengthen our understanding and application of Islam in our lives, and work on supporting our scholars and daees who are working constantly for the sake of Allah Subhanahu wa taala.

          wasalam.

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          Yaqeen needed

          June 29, 2010 at 11:38 PM

          Keep involving in gheebah and the like against a Muslim and on the day of Judgement call up on Cameron or his home secretary to give your intercession or air support.

          Remember Yawmal Taghaaboon . Yawmal Hisaab

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    m.k.moinuddin

    June 23, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Dear all

    If you heared mr.zakir naik allhamdulillah his speach in way of right things and peace messages not jihadi speaches, every body know that how media blame the islam and their spokers any how when europen country did something or printed cortoons against prophet and islam no body speach out and tell that its freedom, I think now UK and other countries affraid about spreading islam in peace full manner

    every muslim and other religions also support mr.naik and condem UK gov ban

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    Adeeba

    June 24, 2010 at 2:05 AM

    Respected Authority,

    “So in this context every Muslim should be a terrorist to the robber”………..

    This statement of Dr Zakir Naik,clearly states that he fights for the cause of ALLAH with his preaching and teaching of the HOLY QURAN by the way of the PEN not by sword,bombs gun firing like it is being portrayed by cunningly choosing and trying to impose that he is a TERRORIST.

    If so why aren’t we also having fights like they do in GAZA(Palestine) and Iraq and Iran??????
    Why ???

    Like Dr.Bilal Philips says that the Scholars are trying to qualify the right way of striving in the cause of ALLAH.
    PEACE not WAR.

    So why are the educated Consulates not making it feasible for the same.

    Do they want the people to remain ignorant and follow the “wrong extremist” and again blame the Muslims.

    We live in a dignified and civilized SOCIETY so Why the unnecessary confusions and chaos hampering everbodies PEACE and feeling REMORSE.

    Be wise they are not conquerers!!!

    They are Scholars of their respective PROFESSION and doctors as well ALHAMD’ULILLAH!!!
    So why are the consulates making late all the important scheduled duties for them,grow up stop beating around the bush,who is the terrorist???
    The Scholar or the ?CONSULATE???
    With due respect a student.
    No harsh feelings.
    I LOVE ALLAH and MY PROPHET MUHHAMMAD(may peace,blessings and mercy of ALLAH be upon him),
    I LOVE EESA(JESUS)son of MARYAM(MARY) (may ALLAH be pleased with him),

    and I also LOVE all those brothers and sisters who strive to convey the MESSAGE with wisdom,patience and constancy.

    Brother consulate or anyone representing as the HEAD of the department kindly allow the WISE AND PEACEFUL work of the scholars to continue.

    Let us stand for HUMANITY in every facet and begin a fresh.
    Thanking You in ANTICIPATION,
    Mrs.Adeeba.Suhaib.Bukhari.

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    Jamal Khan

    June 24, 2010 at 4:52 AM

    It really upsets me when I see my dear brothers and sisters in Islam following ignorant speechers. I have no doubt that many are completely sincere in thinking they are following the ‘correct Islam’ based on Quran and Sunnah. However, the bitter truth is neither is Zakir Naik and Billal Phillips are not qualified, nor do they have Ijaza (Islamic Licence) to either teach or preach very complicated sciences that could be the difference between your Jannah & Jahanam!

    Let us not be naive and blind follow them when they say its ‘Peace TV’ and we follow ‘Quran and Sunnah’. Fantastic catchphrases but is it actually true? They poison your mind and sow subtle hatred towards other Muslims (Sufis, Shias etc) and further extend it to non-Muslims. This is not the way of our beloved Prophet (swt). How can we spread the deen if we have enmity in our hearts for people?

    In a time where religious knowledge in the Ummah is at an all time low, we should not follow default speakers who look the part and quote you things out of context. It ultimately boils down to who you trust. Is easier to trust someone if you do not know any better. I urge you to keep an open mind about these speakers.

    Naik has a history of making ignorant comments, in a time where young Muslim men are confused and angry he adds fuel to the fire. I have been listening to his lectures since 1999, before he was the Muslim celebrity of today. I found myself becoming more hardcore and extreme. After meeting him on a number of occasions (even attending his courses) it became evident to me he is just a man who has a great memory but little substance. As a traditional Sunni has praise of Yazeed (Killer of Imam Hussian), his cheesy evangelical promos on Peace TV, and his cult of Zakir Naik wannabes (with there cheap Indian suits) is sickening. Although, I do find the mini Naiks funny.

    I’m sorry if I offended anyone but ‘for evil to spread all it takes is a few good men to remain quite’.

    Allah Swt knows best.

    -Edited. Any more personal attacks on ANY scholars, and you will be banned.

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      Amad

      June 24, 2010 at 5:58 AM

      The more you comment, the more you reveal your true self.

      The British used Ahmedis and Braelwis to try to break the ranks of Muslims in the subcontinent pre-partition. I see that they continue to use them to this day in their own enclave. People who use their own ideological differences to support injustice (you can never destroy an injustice with another injustice as a golden rule) have been this ummah’s traitors.

      It is your right to despise both ZN and BP. I may find that position reprehensible and unjust, but its your right. But if you want to be a positive influence, then you have to consider the basis for the government’s decision, and whether that is not sound. That is the issue, not the ideology of these individuals. It’s funny you are happy that these individuals got stopped but you are not sad that some of the individuals that Sabirah mentioned and other Islamophobes are allowed into Britian all the time. I mean you have Geert Wilders, who has said more things against Islam than all the Muslim scholars combined have said against other religions. Hypocrisy that is so obvious that we don’t even need to stretch the truth for it. And we think by being hypocritical, we will be able to convince the extremist Muslim that the West is not anti-Islam?? Every day, we are helping terrorists with such absurdities.

      As for what is “traditional” sunnism, and his comments on shias, I am sorry but the views on Yazid/Shias is not limited to the “wahhabi bogeyman”. Even Imam Ghazalli considered Yazid a sunni Musilm and the sufi-leaning forums have refutations of rafidahs. Check it out yourself.

      Should we now ban the sufi scholars too who have strong words against shias or don’t curse Yazid?

      Think carefully of the stance you want to take on any issue based on the mechanics of the issue, not on the personality.

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        Javvad

        June 24, 2010 at 9:07 AM

        I have but one issue with your reply.
        How did the British use “Braelwis” exactly? Yes I agree with Ahmedis being used to poison the muslims. They were funded by “Christian” organisations and still have a tight community who look out for each other, yet follow a hugely corrupt form of Islam.
        Braelwis on the other hand have had neither. They have not had people successfully claim to be prophets influencing the masses (on any type of large scale), and have not been funded by any non-Islamic organisations with an agenda against Islam. They have not corrupted Islam with most of their practices because an intelligent and knowledgeable Braelwi scholar will also show you Hadith and Ayats from the Quran to support their practices.
        I am not a Braelwi but I have researched (and am researching) the different aspects of Islamic practice between different sects. It is up to people to research what they are told these days and not blindly follow. It is also important for scripture and hadith to not be taken out of context, which requires quite a bit of knowledge of Islam.
        I can say that “Wahabi-ism” is another form of Islam that follows a lot of truths but also has views which are not entirely neccessary or correct. It is also supported by the puppet regime of Saudi Arabia, who are a family hellbent on making money for themselves.

        So in closing, my problem with your reply is that you’ve bundles Ahmedis and Braelwis together when they are nothing alike. The former having been rejected from the folds of Islam and the latter are just guilty of what every other Islamic sect has been guilty of.
        Confusing Muslims intentionally by the select few who claim to possess knowledge about Islam, for personal gain.

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        Believer

        January 27, 2011 at 10:06 PM

        I guess you – Zakir Naik and Ghazali have reached a point in muafiqat where the line between the murdered and the murderer is quite blurred and clearly proves the traditions of the followers of Abu Sufyan !

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      Ismail Kamdar

      June 24, 2010 at 6:24 AM

      Dr Bilal Philips has no qualifications? He has a B.A. in Islamic Studies from the University of Madeenah, an M.A. in Islamic Theology from the University of Riyadh and a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of Wales, UK.

      If that is underqualified, I wonder who is?

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        Amad

        June 24, 2010 at 6:54 AM

        He didn’t kiss Tahir Qadri’s feet yet, so his qualifications are equal to naught.

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        another white brother

        June 24, 2010 at 7:16 AM

        Boggles my mind too. He pretty much maxed out on everything possible to achieve in Madinah. He was even giving/translating dars in the haram at one point wasn’t he?

        I’d even go so far as to say hes the most reputable scholar the English speaking muslims have.

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    sabirah

    June 24, 2010 at 4:57 AM

    salam
    while I opt not to participate in the discussions about the credibility of Drs Bilal Phillips and Zakir Naik, I would like to note that the UK has a very random policy when it comes to allowing/denying entry.
    Some famous people refused entry into the UK on grounds of convictions/extremisms are Singer Chris Brown… televangelist Benny Hinn (I don’t know why my fingers want to type Benny Hill), Martha Stewart, Mr and Mrs Mugabe, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Geert Wilders, Former Israeli Prime Ministers Menachem Begin and Yitzchak Shamir (until they became Prime Ministers) and Osho…. etc…

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      Amad

      June 24, 2010 at 6:00 AM

      This is PURE politics. Pandering to the islamophobes to show how “tough” conservatives are on terrorism. And they are making a fool of themselves and only opening the doors for more hatred of the West and more fodder for the terrorists. Honestly, these politicians should think more for the good of their country and less for the good of their polls! Shameless!

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        suhail

        June 24, 2010 at 10:21 AM

        Amad i want to read your analysis on the new decision that Supreme Court made about the terrorism law. When are you gonna post that.

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          Amad

          June 24, 2010 at 11:57 AM

          Did I say I was? :)
          No really, I am hoping one of our lawyer brothers can do a job on that. That will be great. Br Abu Noor / Tariq??

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    Adam Afsal

    June 24, 2010 at 6:10 AM

    we r oll with u naik. we will pray for u, go ahead.( friends of Maldives)

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    Abu Abdillah

    June 24, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    While it is certainly evident that Dr. Zakir Naik’s comments were taken completely out of context, I believe that as an intelligent and capable individual Dr. Zakir should know to avoid giving ammunition for these dirty politicians and hate mongers to utilize. That and the fact that his comments regarding how every Muslim must “terrorize the robber” or how police terrorize robbers were completely unnecessary and pointless in the bigger picture (i.e there was no reason for it).

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      Ismail Kamdar

      June 24, 2010 at 9:41 AM

      I agree with you. When I first heard him make this statement I thought to myself was that necessary? People will definitely quote it out of context, but no human is perfect and even brilliant orators let their tongues slip up.

      he is still an awesome Da’ee and what the UK did is plain wrong and deceitful.

      :)

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    Nourah

    June 24, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    “Beware of Muslims saying Osama Bin Laden is right or wrong, I reject them… we don’t know. But if you ask my view, if given the truth, if he is fighting the enemies of Islam, I am for him. I don’t know what he’s doing. I’m not in touch with him. I don’t know him personally. I read the newspaper. If he is terrorizing the terrorist, if he is terrorizing America the terrorist, the biggest terrorist, he’s following Islam.”

    Excuse me? As an Arab-American Muslim, I find this extremely offensive. How is killing innocent people by hijacking a plane and flying it into the Twin Towers following Islam? How is generating revenue from opium Islam? How is taking advantage of the poor and the uneducated Muslims Islam?

    Islam is not aimed at terrorizing anyone. Islam is about finding peace by submitting to Allah and following His laws.

    While I cannot support the ban on Naik because I would not wish to harm a Muslim, I believe he needs to think carefully before he speaks and set a better example. Repudiate all the terrorists and their completely un-Islamic ways. How can anything good come out of blatant sin? Unite the Ummah, educate the Muslims, and encourage the Ummah to practice good deeds and we are guaranteed success by Allah. There’s no need for any sort of terrorism. I’m disappointed that Naik does not realize that.

    There is a certain way you get a message across. Insulting others will only make them turn away from you and hold onto their views all the more.

    As we say in the USA: “You can attract more flies with honey than vinegar.”

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      muffassir

      June 24, 2010 at 11:56 AM

      This was said in 1996, research before commenting.

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      Amad

      June 24, 2010 at 12:06 PM

      To be honest, when I heard that statement, maybe 2 years ago, I sent a note to some shayookh saying that these words will come to haunt ZN. Not because they were inciting violence or that he supported OBL, because his other works clearly are not even in the realm of terrorism. But because they weren’t wise and could be easily used out of context against him. Especially in this time and age where freedom of speech is only allowed in Islam-bashing.

      However, the question is not “wishing to harm a Muslim (ZN)”. I think a Muslim should be just and if there are other Muslims who are unjust or promoting any form of violence, we should stand up against them. But the question is since when is being unwise a sufficient reason to be banned? And if you do want to ban someone on the basis of offensive speech, then that opens up the pandora box where most of the Islamophobes should be banned (Geert, Spencer, Geller, and so on) too!

      Again, agreeing with you that these statements weren’t wise, the man’s entire record has one blot of a gaffe, I mean everyone makes gaffes. He is not on record for supporting any acts of terrorism beyond words that he claims are out of context and I acknowledge his explanation. Actions speak louder than words.

      The Brit govt is opening up a door that will quickly swallow an entire swath of Muslim scholars because even if a scholar quotes some Quran verse and only that verse is pulled out of context, then the shaykh can be called someone “undesirable” and unwelcome.

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    Javvad

    June 24, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Though I agree with your position on the killing of innocent people and what you think Islam is, I see that you are very much one of the masses that believe everything they read without researching it for themselves.
    Zakir Naik does not condone terrorism and never has. It is quite clear to anyone who has watched his lectures and debates on this subject. This has even been proven in this very forum.
    You will see this if you take the time to scroll up and find the appropriate comments.

    Also, please research some more before you make up your mind and solidify your position on a subject.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E3oIbO0AWE

    Watching this link will be your first step to opening your eyes on what Muslims did and did not do.

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      ed

      June 24, 2010 at 12:30 PM

      That is called “conspiracy theory”. Not a single mainstream credible MEDIA/INTELLECTUAL believe them!

      Debunking Loose change / 9-11 conspiracy theories :
      http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military/news/1227842
      http://www.debunking911.com/

      You might find some engineers/architects/ so called Truth finders/politicians/ parents-relatives of 911 casualties but not a single CREDIBLE SCIENTIST/ARCHITECTS/ACADEMICIAN behind these conspiracy theories.

      Oh you should watch this video.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUB4j0n2UDU

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        Javvad

        June 25, 2010 at 7:54 AM

        That is because it is the same mainstream that promoted them in the first place.. it is the mainstream that makes those “CREDIBLE SCIENTIST/ARCHITECTS/ACADEMICIAN” and the rest a bunch of jokers.

        However I will view those links, though there is very little you can really ‘debunk’ after the truth that is right in front of you.

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        Javvad

        June 25, 2010 at 11:17 AM

        I’ve looked over your links. They are nothing but a farce, trying to cover up the un-answered and obvious questions that Loose Change 9/11 brought up, through any means neccessary.

        Now here’s a link for you, a debate between the loose change researcher/presenter vs the people who want to debunk 9/11 conspiracies.
        May have to be patient, this video is an hour long.

        http://www.archive.org/stream/dn2006-0911_vid/dn2006-0911_512kb.mp4

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          ed

          June 25, 2010 at 12:38 PM

          i’ve seen that earlier. Nothings new, some college kids attempt to shake the world making a conspiracy docu.

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            Javvad

            June 25, 2010 at 3:24 PM

            Those “college kids” are who made the link I posted, to which you replied.
            The debate is about them versus the people who are behind the links you posted.
            If you’ve indeed seen this before, it should be quite clear that this “conspiracy theory” has been anything but debunked.

            Like I said, the only responses to loose change are by arrogant, know-it-all, bureaucrats who have the agenda to cover up what actually happened during 9/11. These responses are nothing better than rolling eyes at people and passing them off as conspiracists or idiots.

            Anyone who can see past the smoke can tell where the truth is coming from.

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            Javvad

            June 26, 2010 at 8:31 AM

            I never called you or anyone else an idiot in my reply.
            I said that those people who are trying to debunk 9/11 (like the website you posted), make out people who created the Loose Change documentary, to be idiots.
            They rubbish all claims made and dis-credit people in their responses.
            It is the most effective way they have to fight the truth.

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    muffassir

    June 24, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    Everybody is free to teach better way of explaining to Dr. Zakir Naik and I am sure he is willing to listen and improve upon his already amazing way of explaining points. However this is not the time or place to do this, the issue is about the unjust ban on a human being, and who is also being defamed.

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    Aftab Faiz

    June 24, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    It is extremely shocking news that a most non-controvesial figure like Dr.Zakir has been banned from UK;
    Till date i was one who always supported UK. I used to say that among many European countries UK is the most tollerant one and the discrimination if present is just minimal. This was also proved by many people who live in UK and return to their land either for vacationing or for business.
    But today after the irrational and illegal order passed by the UK homesecretary it is definitely going to have a very negative effect in my mind. The britishers have at last qualified themselves to be called racist, communal and true to their salt

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    rick

    June 25, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    this is just the beginning, rightwing groups are popping up all over europe. people are learning the word takia, In islam there is a thing called takia, which means you can lie if you are a muslim to promote islam.
    islam is bent on dominating the world and imposing sharia law. people are beginning to distrust muslims because all we hear is “religion of peace” yet honor killings, acid attacks ,terrorism ect, (the list goes on) is all we see, the muslims freak out over cartoons yet stay silent when women are beat or apostates killed for leaving islam. i see islam shooting itself in the foot. the west is waking up to the evil of islam.

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      DrM

      July 16, 2010 at 2:09 AM

      You’ve got it the other round, fanatic. It is the western world which is hell bent on dominating the world and bleeding it dry. Pick up a history book is you can read that far. You’re a victim of your own propaganda and lies, which explains why your culture is not only shallow but inferior. You need to get off Jewhad Watch aka Geehad Watch Kool aid, ricky. Show us where the word “takia” is in the Qur’an. No? I didn’t think so. Get back to us when you’re not high on Robert Spencer’s excrement.

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    anon

    June 25, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    You have Takia (or more like taqiyya) understood way wrong, your understanding of it seems similar to how many shi’a understand/follow it though.

    In Sunni Islam you can’t lie to promote Islam or benefit it, that is completely haram. Only if it is a life/death situation where by lying you would save your life (or someone else’s) where the harm is clear and certain would you be able to lie.

    Just about everything you said was nonsense so I won’t address the rest.

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      Javvad

      June 25, 2010 at 3:09 PM

      He sounds like a typical brainwashed minion of the media. I can only pray that idiots like him are nullified by the truth seekers out there.

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    nas

    June 25, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    jealous jealous d west is jealous,they scared coz islam is fastest growing in west

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    Amad

    June 25, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    By the way, a lot of the youtube videos have been put up by the followers of the Ahmedi cult, or the Ahmeddiya / Qadiani movement.

    http://thecult.info/

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      Farhan

      June 30, 2010 at 12:25 PM

      I write for them!!

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    Riad

    June 26, 2010 at 4:24 AM

    Congratulation to everyone who voted for the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats – maybe you will wake up now!

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    Ismail Kamdar

    June 27, 2010 at 4:03 AM

    Update from Dr Bilal Philips (posted on his Facebook page):

    In order to justify banning me, the Home Secretary has pulled out of her bag of tricks a truncated statement of mine relative to suicide bombing being a military tactic. The statement was made in a 1994 recording (16 years ago) for Sharjah TV. The 2009 date given which they claim is incorrect. The program was replayed in 2009, as, since I left the UAE in 2003, I have not returned. The original statement was made in the beginning of the Palestinian struggle, when use of this tactic was directed at troops and not civilians – similar to “suicide missions” well known in military operations. Once use of the tactic changed and civilians were targeted, my position also changed. Consequently, in my hundreds of lectures (on youtube and elsewhere) I have clearly condemned suicide bombing as haraam (forbidden) in Islam [outside of military necessity] especially where directed at civilian populations. In fact I was among the first to condemn 9l11 and 7/7 when they occurred.

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      Amad

      June 27, 2010 at 9:03 AM

      Another proof that Israel lobby is involved in all this. Honestly, there is not a more dangerous and more sick lobby than that for the West. The more they use their dirty tactics, the more it creates hatred for the West, and the more it fuels extremism. And the moderate Muslims’ job becomes harder to convince the West against Islamophobia, and the East against extremism!

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    Muslim Stranger

    June 27, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Dr Zakir Naik fights back UK ban – Press Conference Trailer:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXCx2hJ6QBY

    Human Rights Activists Support Dr. Zakir Naik:

    Majeed Memon:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLPqHvzflyg

    Mahesh Bhatt:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmgLK4hqr54

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    shafkat

    June 28, 2010 at 2:33 AM

    As salaam alykum,

    This was to be expected… especially after the Israeli propaganda machinery took a beating and was exposed during and after the Israeli attack on the Flotilla…

    The enemies of Islam continue to use ALL means at their disposal to attack us on ALL fronts … SO PLEASE BE PREPARED..

    Strengthen your IMAAN … Come back to Islam FULLY … Put into practice what you have learnt and strive to learn MORE.. Strive to become TRUE PRACTICING MUSLIMS… Make ALLAH (swt) your helper and guide…

    Remember that every one of us has a responsibility to portray ISLAM in its TRUE form… using HIQMAH ..

    Become living examples of what a true MUSLIM really is … to himself / to his family / to his relatives / to his neighbors / to his community / to the less fortunate / to the Ummah ( Muslim and non-Muslim) at large ….

    Let your AKHLAQ (Character ) mirror the akhlaq of the Prophet (sws) and be the biggest reason why anyone who encounters you on our journey of Life on Allah’s Earth, would wish to become a Muslim….

    Remember, no further prophets will come after the last prophet, and the responsibility of spreading the TRUE word of ALLAH rests squarely on our shoulders, and we WILL be help accountable on the day of Judgement …

    Wa billahi Taufiq ..

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    zafarul

    June 28, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    salam walikum

    western power have fear of Islam .they know power of Islam .they can’t stop it .so they are trying to stop the Muslim .but they can’t do this.we condemn it .they talk about freedom of speak but what they are doing who tell them.

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    Bilal Saeed

    June 29, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    It is astonishing to see how writers of “supposed” calibre in the newspapers (reference to times here) deliberately quote out of context and yet be allowed to carry on. I was surprised how one of the writers for times online completely misinterpreted what Dr. Zakir said in one of his talks on Islam and Terrorism and went on about it in the wrong sense. Criminal act, stirring up hate.

    إِنَّهُمْ يَكِيدُونَ كَيْدًا وَأَكِيدُ كَيْدًا فَمَهِّلْ الْكَافِرِينَ أَمْهِلْهُمْ رُوَيْدًا
    Surah Tariq.

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    syed imam azam

    June 29, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    the controversy started only after his statement about yazid.This caused hatred among shias while some shias became his enemies and started spreading hate against him.shias hate zakir naik only for praising yazid .but this does not mean that they request government to ban him.only these so called Muslims are responsible for it .i’m ashamed of some scholors of india who welcomed the ban.some even say he is kafir.they all are jealous with his fame and there is no proof that yazid killed imam hussain but there is proof that shias killed him becauuse people of kufa who invited imam hussain but ran away they were shias.yazid never ordered killing of imam hussain and his family.this was propoganda started by people of kufas

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    syed imam azam

    June 29, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    most of the muslims scholors of indis and pakistan dont like zakir naik.they are sunnis as well as shias or some other but they fail to realise that they themselves are making others to laugh at them,becacuse all these people know tha he is true

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    syed imam azam

    June 29, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    DR ZAKIR NAIK IS QUOTED OUT OF CONTEXT BECAUSE THEY CAN’T QUOTE HIM WITH CONTEXT BECAUSE IF THEY QUOTE HIM WITH CONTEXT PEOPLE WILL ACCEPT IT AND THEY WILL LOOSE EVERYTHING WHAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR MALIGNING ISLAM.THEY HAVE SPENT SO MUCH MONEY ON WRITING BOOKS,MOVIES,MEDIA, SO CALLED MUSLIMS LIKE SOME SUNNI AND SHIA MUSLIMS.THEY FUND THESE SO CALLED MUSLIM SCHOLAR FOR SPREADING HATE AMONGST AND AGAINST MUSLIMS, OUR BIGGEST ENEMIES ARE NOT JEWS MUSHRIKS BUT THESE ILLITERATE MUSLIMS WHO DONT HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF ISLAM.

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    Muhammad Abdullahi

    June 30, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Keep up the good job muslimmatters.org. Islam will triumph all over other religions very soon. Islam for Life!!! Insha Allahu

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    Mezba

    June 30, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    I cannot shed too many tears on their ban as some of what they said was clearly wrong. I don’t need to be explained their context as I was THERE during some of the speeches, as well as when Dr Naik was here previously. Also, if as alleged, one of the speakers has multiple wives while living in a non-Muslim country where it’s against the law, he is not fit to be called a scholar.

    Yet the Canadian ban on these guys is hypocritical when Ann Coulter is allowed entry here.
    http://mezba.blogspot.com/2010/06/on-ban-of-dr-naik-and-his-gay-bashing.html

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      shafkat

      July 1, 2010 at 1:30 AM

      As salaam alykum,

      ‘ I cannot shed too many tears on their ban as some of what they said was clearly wrong. I don’t need to be explained their context as I was THERE during some of the speeches, as well as when Dr Naik was here previously. Also, if as alleged, one of the speakers has multiple wives while living in a non-Muslim country where it’s against the law, he is not fit to be called a scholar.’…..

      I have no comments …….

      I can only pray for our brother that Allah (swt) give him and us HIDAYAH, and the strength to search with IKHLAS for the Sirat-tul-Mustaqeem ( that we beg HIM for, more than FIVE times in our daily prayers) leading to Jannat-tul-Firdaus in the hereafter…. Ameen.

      Wa billahi Taufiq.

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      Ismail Kamdar

      July 1, 2010 at 2:52 AM

      Also, if as alleged, one of the speakers has multiple wives while living in a non-Muslim country where it’s against the law, he is not fit to be called a scholar.

      It is completely permissible for a Muslim man to have a maximum of four wives. To say a Muslim with four wives is not fit to be a scholar, then you can’t follow Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) either as he had a lot more than four wives.

      Learn your religion before attacking scholars.

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        Mezba

        July 1, 2010 at 1:41 PM

        In Islam you have to treat all your wives equally. A man who by law of the land cannot have more than one registered wife is not treating his other wives equally, because the 2nd, 3rd and 4th wife do not have equal rights, the same right as the 1st wife, under law.

        Therefore a man hell bent on marrying more than one wife, sharia-wise, should migrate to a country where multiple marriages are allowed. Otherwise he is not treating his wives equally, and is committing a major injustice. Therefore in my eyes he is NOT fit to be a scholar because he is not doing justice to his family – the ones who have the greatest right on him.

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          Ismail Kamdar

          July 2, 2010 at 4:13 AM

          So much wrong with this statement, the biggest problem is the assumptions that:

          1. He is married to multiple wives in a country which does not allow it
          2. You need to register your marriage for it to be accepted in Islam
          3. If one marriage is registered and the others are not then you can not treat them equally.

          Attacking a Muslim scholar for practicing polygamy is wrong, saying he is not fit to be called a scholar for doing so is plain ridiculous.

          Resulting to personal attacks on a scholar’s private life to justify banning him from lectures is completely uncalled for and unislamic.

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            Adib

            September 23, 2012 at 9:32 AM

            Mezba said some very valid points which you very skillfully evaded.

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      muffassir

      July 1, 2010 at 3:34 AM

      Well you can shed your tears for sodomites and music lovers.

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        Mezba

        July 1, 2010 at 1:43 PM

        obviously you are well versed in the Islamic knowledge of adaab and etiquette.

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      Abû Mûsâ Al-Ḥabashî

      July 1, 2010 at 7:30 AM

      It’s against the law to have them registered as marriage under the eyes of the law. How does that prevent someone from marrying according the sharî`ah but “officially” not being married? Especially considering that the law would have no problem if a man had 100 girlfriends so long as he wasn’t married to more than one of them at the same time.

      Saying someone isn’t fit to be a scholar over this is simply ridiculous.

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        Mezba

        July 1, 2010 at 1:42 PM

        How can someone be married ‘shariah’ wise if one cannot be married officially? In Islam the marriage IS official registration of the marriage, telling everyone about it. If the second and third and fourth wives are not official wives, then what are they?

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          Sayf

          July 1, 2010 at 2:02 PM

          You’re making the huge assumption that the first wife is government-approved, you’re also making the fatwa that it is fardh for the nikah to have the government’s stamp of approval on it.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftp2qRg2xz4

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        Sanju

        July 8, 2010 at 9:15 PM

        In the case where the husband is injured, only immediate family (AKA first wife) would be allowed to see him. That is proof enough that the wives aren’t equal.

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          Ahmad AlFarsi

          July 9, 2010 at 10:30 PM

          It is proof that the government and hospital system are not fair to the husband’s second wife, but the husband can still treat them fairly himself…

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            Sanju

            July 12, 2010 at 4:29 AM

            Pff what, how can it be fair where only the first wife is ever officially recognized? Don’t avoid logic, please. xD

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            Ahmad AlFarsi

            July 16, 2010 at 5:51 PM

            I’m not avoiding logic, rather you are unfortunately failing to grasp my logic.

            It is the government who is not being fair to the husband’s 2nd wife by not recognizing her. The husband can still himself treat his wives fairly.

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      amad

      July 1, 2010 at 3:03 PM

      You should shed tears not because of the views of the scholars with which you disagree, but rather because of the arbitrary and hypocritical stance of the governments involved.

      Do not let hatred [of some people] cause you to be unjust… as Allah Himself commands (approx).

      As for the multiple wives thing, that’s really a nonsensical argument if there was ever one. Even the Western governments don’t resort to foolishness such as this. What any person does in his personal life is his business… And it is irrelevant to this entire discussion except to show more of your hatred for the individuals. I bet you if the same guy was homosexual, you wouldn’t have brought the issue up!

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        Muslim

        July 7, 2010 at 12:40 AM

        Bottom line here, we shouldnt be arguing over anothre person statement or their action.
        Another thing is if a person commits sin it is between him and Allah(swt) not for any person to judge.
        We worry so much about other peoples faults, we forget about correcting our own.
        Personally dispite whatever faults Zakir Naik and Bilal Philips hasve, i look up to them where knowledge and spreadng deen is concerned.

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        Peace

        August 12, 2010 at 7:57 AM

        Dear Amad

        “Mr. Zakir Naik has some videos online where he says that penalty for “apostates” is death. Do all you supporters of Mr. Zakir Naik agree with that?”

        Thanks.
        Peace

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          Amad

          August 12, 2010 at 2:02 PM

          Dr. Zakir is entitled to his own opinion. I supported Obama but it doesn’t mean I agree with all his opinions.

          If you look at the corpus of Dr. Naik’s work, you will see that he is a warrior for peace, and one or two disagreeable opinions doesn’t change that.

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            Mozid

            September 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM

            Yes it does. When Zakir Naik says that Muslims who convert to another religion should be killed, then it certainly matters, and you get to know what kind of a person he really is. Even one statement like that justifies his ban in Canada and UK, where freedom of religion is cherished.

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    Hassan Adnan

    July 3, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    Assalam O Alikum,
    As it turns out after 12 days of this article been published here at MM, the quality of comments have been a bag full of things that should either not concern them, personal hitting, imbalanced and out of context stuff. Seeing this state of our intellectual, character and dark minded pessimistic morals how can we act as the representative of the religion, act challenging and establish the ideal socio structure of Islam. And it is yet again sad to see that very few talk while giving the references from Quran and hadith to settle disputes among themselves, this is very ignorant of us. There is no talk better than the talk of the Quran and hadith, only these should form the basis of argumentation in our talk. In the current scenario I think it is just enough for us to know who are the eternal enemy of Islam and secondly before pointing finger we should judge ourselves first. The first question to ask ourselves is What are we doing for Islam before we say other did such and such? JazakAllah khair.

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    jibreelk

    July 5, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    Freedom of speech hey?
    Double standards and taking things out of context have been around for a while.
    Let’s get used to it. The only thing we can do is educate towards peace and let them do
    whatever they want.
    Visit islamdunktv.com to join our effort in educating the masses.

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    Peace

    July 7, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    Dear All
    Mr. Zakir Naik has some videos online where he says that penalty for “apostates” is death. Do all you guys agree with that?
    Thanks.

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    Naved Zia

    July 14, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    As Dr Zakir Naik stated in his statement, this appears to be a political decision rather than a legal one. Meanwhile, Dr Naik who was to head next month’s Journey of Faith Conference in Toronto, will not be allowed into Canada as well.

    So what if Dr Zakir Naik as a person, as an individual, shouted against these super-powers? Is he wrong in saying that Nato forces are terrorists to Iraqis and Afghanis? It is his mistake that he tried to attach religion to his arguments. Otherwise, what he says is right, the rich are terrorizing the poor and weak nation. Am I wrong? There has to be somebody to shout the truth. Super-powers are terrorists in many nations.

    Read my post and watch the videos, broken down as per topic here: http://navedz.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/zakir-naik-the-open-hypocricy-of-west/

    JazakAllah Khair!

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    Sarah Amena

    July 17, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Asaalam Alaikum~

    This situation totally breaks my heart! I absolutely LOVE Dr. Zakir Naik! I have learned so much about Islam and tolerance and treating non Muslims with respect. I have listened to many of his speeches on Peace TV and many more on the internet and I remember listening to his comment about Osama Bin Laden and that all Muslims should be terrorists but it was not in the same context the U.S. or England describes a terrorist! Why is the Western world so afraid of Islam? Why are they trying to prevent something that will benefit society? But at the same time, when there is a will and Allah swt is on our side then good will manifest InshAllah!!!

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    ghufran, pakistan

    July 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    the ban of Naik is persuading the people around the world to know what is the matter. The people who did not know Naik, have been incited to know about him. The same situation happened when twins tower were collapsed and muslims were blamed behind it. But that was the time Islam promoted around America. The Qurran was sold like a hot cake by non-muslims to know what islam is basically. due to this Islam promoted and spread. History repeats, now in British people are studying islam and Naik, His video cassettes, books and magazine are being sold world wide. The british ban has given him and his speaches big promotion. I am sure once day will come when millions of non-muslims will enter into the fold of Islam.

    A true Muslim never hates any creature of Allah. A true Muslim work is to promote right things but not thrust them. If the one agrees, it is O.K. If one doesn’t, It is O.K.

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    Saher

    July 31, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    Banning the entry of Dr.Zakir Naik, Bilal Phillips and the like thereof would be “unjust” if Muslim nations wholeheartedly accepted non-Muslims into their nations and allowed them to preach the message of their faiths. But obviously, that isn’t the case. Far from it, actually. Non-Muslims found preaching or even discussing their religions in public in many Islamic nations are often victims of attacks and even murder. This has been documented on a number of occasions. But I don’t see Muslims crying out against that. Hence, I don’t see this ban as a form of jusitce. Reciprocal behaviour, at most. but not unjust. As the Britain secretary of defence, or whoever she was, said – entry into their country is a privilege and not a right. It’s not like he was attacked on their land or anything…they only denied him entry. So why are Muslims so geared up, when they do the exat same things to non-Muslims in their own countries? That’s what I call a double standard.

    and no, before some goon starts whining and screaming – this is not a Muslim-bashing post. I happen to be Muslim myself, and love my Deen. But the amount of double standards I see in the Ummah is disgusting.

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    Shafkat

    August 1, 2010 at 1:26 AM

    As salaam alykum,

    The banning of Zakir Naik and Bilal Phillips by the British and Canadian Governments was very ill thought / wrongly advised decision… more like a knee-jerk reaction with very little research put into it …

    PEACE TV advocates the spread of PEACE … NONE of their programmes are Hate oriented, out to cause a rift or animosity between the different religions of the world..

    It tries to advocates ‘ The MIDDLE PATH ‘ but always based on TRUTH and TAUHEED.. and this does not rub well with many of our so called ‘ Secular Muslims’ doing a ‘balancing act’ on the wall between the ‘ True Believers’ and the ‘ Munafiqoon’ … May Allah (swt) give us all the clarity to always seek the Truth in any given situation.. Ameen.

    As far as the decision by the British and the Canadian Governments is concerned, it would have been prudent to have spoken to the individuals who you perceive to have been ‘extremists’ in their views and talks and to have worked together with them to ‘correct’ the misconception and use the same individuals to promote PEACE further … (IF THAT IS WHAT THE GOAL OF THESE GOVERNMENTS REALLY IS)…

    By banning these Peace Activists, you have missed out on yet another excellent opportunity to bring different cultures and religions together ( at least in their understanding and appreciation of each other) and further alienated yourselves from many…

    We will however continue in our quest to fight for PEACE on this earth, and wish and pray you join us in this
    WAR…

    Wa billahi Taufiq.

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    SAJJAD

    August 11, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    I am pleased that Dr.zakir only says truth in any adverse situation.I want to say that respected Dr.zakir please come to my city singrauli(M.P. INDIA) and teach people the truth.I want contect number of Dr.zakir.THANK YOU

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    PRADEEP

    August 23, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    DEAR PEOPLE,

    IF YOU FEEL PROUD OF WHAT IS GOOD IN ISLAM .THEN PLEASE BE PROUD OF WHAT IS BAD IN ISLAM;
    WOMEN ON THE NAME OF ADULTERY ARE STONE PELTED TO DEATH;FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION AS MR.BILAL SAYS IS TRUE ACCORDING TO ISLAM????????

    OTHER THAN THIS; THERE IS THE PROBLEM OF CASTE AND SECT AND TRIBE?????????????

    BE PROUD OF THIS???????????????? AND SO MANY HONOUR KILLING?????????????????

    TRY QUESTION YOURSELF AND TAKE A NOBLE PATH TO JOIN BUDDHISM OR CHRISTIANITY

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      Muslim

      August 23, 2010 at 2:10 PM

      These are all lies, propaganda, and misinformation, that is well known by people who want to remain ignorant, but what is true and a fact is how according to hinduism a women has to burn herself and die along with the death of her husband. Hundred of thousands of innocent hindu women have been murdered by following Hinduism. I hope no one forces Julia roberts to burn herself if her husband dies! Wonderful oppressive concept of sati invented by brahmins!

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    funda

    September 13, 2010 at 6:50 AM

    assalam walaykum jamal have u ever read sahih bukhari go there and u will find that those who call a beleiver kafir their kufr returns to them.so the ulema who have said zakir naik as kafir are actually kafir themselves.and zakir naik is a skilled person that every other ulemas r jealous of him

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    Irfan

    September 22, 2010 at 4:53 AM

    Guys, to be honest, Bilal Philips and Zakir Naik present a picture of Islam that is intellectually dishonest and untrue. I’d rather read works/ watch videos of Osama Bin Laden and Sayyid Qutb or Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Ibn Warraq (the latter two claim to be not muslims anymore) or read the quran, hadith and religious texts to acquaint myself with Islam.

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      sabirah

      September 22, 2010 at 5:30 AM

      weird choice of people to read about islam that you have listed there. why collecting information about society/religion from their fringe elements?

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        Irfan

        September 22, 2010 at 4:36 PM

        That is because my primary concern is intellectual honesty and truth, wherever that takes me.

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Zahra Billoo Responds To The Women’s March Inc. Voting Her Off The New Board

Zahra Billoo

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Earlier tonight, I was voted off the Women’s March, Inc. national board. This followed an Islamophobic smear campaign led by the usual antagonists, who have long targeted me, my colleagues, and anyone else who dares speak out in support of Palestinian human rights and the right to self-determination.

The past 48 hours have been a spiral of bad news and smear efforts. Part of the smear campaign is motivated by opponents of the Women’s March, because the organization has traditionally challenged the status quo of power and white supremacy in our country. However, much of the campaign is driven by people who oppose me and my work challenging the occupation of Palestine, our country’s perpetuation of unjust and endless wars, and law enforcement operations targeting the American Muslim community.

The Women’s March, Inc. is an organization I once held dear. I spoke at the first march, spoke at regional marches every year after, spoke at the convention, participated in national actions including the original Kavanaugh protests, and worked to mobilize Muslim women for their efforts.

During the past few years right-wingers, from the President’s son to the Anti-Defamation League and troll armies, have targeted the Women’s March, Inc. For so long, I’ve admired their resilience in speaking truth to power, in working together, and in never cowering. Over and over again, the co-founders of Women’s March, Inc. put their lives on the line, winning power for all women in all of our diversity. The Women’s March, Inc. that voted me off its board tonight is one that no longer demonstrates the strength that inspired millions of women across the country.

To see and experience its new leaders caving to right-wing pressure, and casting aside a woman of color, a Muslim woman, a long-time advocate within the organization, without the willingness to make any efforts to learn and grow, breaks my heart. This isn’t about a lost seat, there will be many seats. The Women’s March, Inc. has drawn a line in the sand, one that will exclude many with my lived experiences and critiques. It has effectively said, we will work on some women’s rights at the expense of others.

To be clear, anti-semitism is indeed a growing and dangerous problem in our country, as is anti-Blackness, anti-immigrant sentiment, Islamophobia, ableism, sexism, and so much more. I condemn any form of bigotry unequivocally, but I also refuse to be silent as allegations of bigotry are weaponized against the most marginalized people, those who find sanctuary and hope in the articulation of truth.

In looking at the tweets in question, I acknowledge that I wrote passionately. While I may have phrased some of my content differently today, I stand by my words. I told the truth as my community and I have lived it, through the FBI’s targeting of my community, as I supported families who have lost loved ones because of US military actions, and as I learned from the horrific experiences of Palestinian life.

In attempting to heal and build in an expedited manner within Women’s March, Inc., I offered to meet with stakeholders to address their concerns and to work with my sisters on the new board to learn, heal, and build together. These efforts were rejected. And in rejecting these efforts, the new Women’s March, Inc. demonstrated that they lack the courage to exhibit allyship in the face of fire.

I came to Women’s March, Inc. to work. My body of work has included leading a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization for over a decade, growing it now more than six-fold. In my tenure, I have led the team that forced Abercrombie to change its discriminatory employment policies, have been arrested advocating for DACA, partnered with Jewish organizations including Bend the Arc and Jewish Voice for Peace to fight to protect our communities, and was one of the first lawyers to sue the President.

It is not my first time being the target of a smear campaign. The Women’s March, Inc., more than any place, is where I would have expected us to be able to have courageous conversations and dive deep into relationship-building work.

I am happy to have as many conversations as it takes to listen and learn and heal, but I will no longer be able to do that through Women’s March, Inc. This action today demonstrates that this organization’s new leadership is unable to be an ally during challenging times.

My beliefs drive my work, and I am not seeking accolades or positions of power. These past few days have been the greatest test of that. My integrity, my truth, and my strength comes from God and a place of deep conviction. I will continue my work as a civil rights lawyer and a faith-based activist, speaking out against the occupation of Palestine and settler-colonialism everywhere, challenging Islamophobia and all forms of racism and bigotry in the United States, and building with my community and our allies in our quest to be our most authentic and liberated selves.

Onward, God willing.

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The Duplicity of American Muslim Influencers And The ‘So-called Muslim Ban’

Dr Joseph Kaminski

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As we approach the beginning of another painful year of the full enforcement of Presidential Proclamation 9645 (a.k.a. ‘the Muslim ban’) that effectively bars citizens of several Muslim majority countries from entering into the United States, the silence remains deafening. As I expected, most of the world has conveniently forgotten about this policy, which thus far has separated over 3,000 American families from their spouses and other immediate relatives. In June 2019, the Brennan Center of Justice notes that: The ban has also kept at least 1,545 children from their American parents and 3,460 parents from their American sons and daughters. While silence and apathy from the general public on this matter is to be expected— after all, it is not their families who are impacted— what is particularly troubling is the response that is beginning to emerge from some corners of the American Muslim social landscape.

While most Muslims and Muslim groups have been vocal in their condemnation of Presidential Proclamation 9645, other prominent voices have not. Shadi Hamid sought to rationalize the executive order on technical grounds arguing that it was a legally plausible interpretation. Perhaps this is true, but some of the other points made by Hamid are quite questionable. For example, he curiously contends that:

The decision does not turn American Muslims like myself into “second-class citizens,” and to insist that it does will make it impossible for us to claim that we have actually become second-class citizens, if such a thing ever happens.

I don’t know— being forced to choose exile in order to remain with one’s family certainly does sound like being turned into a ‘second-class citizen’ to me. Perhaps the executive order does not turn Muslims like himself, as he notes, into second-class citizens, but it definitely does others, unless it is possible in Hamid’s mind to remain a first-class citizen barred from living with his own spouse and children for completely arbitrary reasons, like me. To be fair to Hamid, in the same article he does comment that the executive order is a morally questionable decision, noting that he is “still deeply uncomfortable with the Supreme Court’s ruling” and that “It contributes to the legitimization and mainstreaming of anti-Muslim bigotry.”

On the other hand, more recently others have shown open disdain for those who are angered about the ‘so-called Muslim ban.’ On June 6th, 2019, Abdullah bin Hamid Ali, a Senior Faculty Member at Zaytuna College, Islamic scholar and the founder of the Lamppost Education Initiative, rationalized the ban on spurious security grounds. He commented that,

The so-called Muslim ban, of course, has us on edge about his potential. But, to be fair, a real Muslim ban would mean that no Muslim from any country should be allowed in the US. There are about 50 Muslim majority countries. Trump singled out only 7 of them, most of which are war torn and problem countries. So, it is unfair to claim that he was only motivated by a hatred for Islam and Muslims.

First, despite how redundant and unnecessary this point is to make again, one ought to be reminded that between 1975 and 2015, zero foreigners from the seven nations initially placed on the banned list (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) killed any Americans in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and zero Libyans or Syrians have ever even been convicted of planning a terrorist attack on U.S. soil during that same time period. I do not think these numbers have changed over the last 4 years either. If policy decisions are supposed to be made on sound empirical evidence and data, then there is even less justification for the ban.

Second, Bin Hamid Ali comments that ‘the so-called Muslim ban, of course, has us on edge about his [Trump’s] potential.’ Whoa… hold on; on edge about his potential? For the millions of people banned from entering the United States and the thousands of Muslim families connected to these millions of people, this ‘potential’ has been more than realized. To reduce the ‘so-called Muslim ban’ to just targeting ‘war torn and problem countries’ is to reduce our family members—our husbands, wives, and children—to (inaccurate) statistics and gross stereotypes. Are spouses from Syria or Yemen seeking to reunite with their legally recognized spouses or children any less deserving to be with their immediate family members because they hail from ‘problem countries’? How can one be concerned with stereotypes while saying something like this? Is this not the exact thing that Abdullah bin Hamid Ali seeks to avoid? Surely the Professor would not invoke such stereotypes to justify the racial profiling of black American citizens. What makes black non-Americans, Arabs, and Iranians any different when it comes to draconian immigration profiling? From a purely Islamic perspective, the answer is absolutely nothing.

More recently, Sherman Jackson, a leading Islamic intellectual figure at the University of Southern California, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity, also waded into this discussion. In his essay, he reframed the Muslim ban as a question of identity politics rather than basic human right, pitting Muslim immigrants against what he calls ‘blackamericans’ drawing some incredibly questionable, nativist, and bigoted conclusions. Jackson in a recent blog responding to critiques by Ali al-Arian about his own questionable affiliations with authoritarian Arab regimes comments:

Al-Arian mentions that,

“the Muslim American community seemed united at least in its opposition to the Trump administration.”  He and those who make up this alleged consensus are apparently offended by Trump’s so-called Muslim ban.  But a Blackamerican sister in Chicago once asked me rhetorically why she should support having Muslims come to this country who are only going to treat her like crap.

These are baffling comments to make about ‘Trump’s so-called Muslim ban.’ Jackson creates a strawman by bringing up an anecdotal story that offers a gross generalization that clearly has prejudiced undertones of certain Muslim immigrants. Most interesting, however is how self-defeating Jackson’s invocation of identity politics is considering the fact that a large number of the ‘blackamerican’ Muslims that he is concerned about themselves have relatives from Somalia and other countries impacted by the travel ban. As of 2017, there were just over 52,000 Americans with Somali ancestry in the state of Minnesota alone. Are Somali-Americans only worth our sympathy so long as they do not have Somali spouses? What Jackson and Bin Hamid Ali do not seem to understand is that these Muslim immigrants they speak disparagingly of, by in large, are coming on family unification related visas.

Other people with large online followings have praised the comments offered by Abdullah bin Hamid Ali and Sherman Jackson. The controversial administrator of the popular The Muslim Skeptic website, Daniel Haqiqatjou, in defense of Jackson’s comments, stated:

This is the first time I have seen a prominent figure downplay the issue. And I think Jackson’s assessment is exactly right: The average American Muslim doesn’t really care about this. There is no evidence to indicate that this policy has had a significant impact on the community as a whole. Travel to the US from those four countries affected by the ban was already extremely difficult in the Obama era.

What Haqiqatjou seems to not realize is that while travel from these countries was difficult, it was not as ‘extremely difficult’ as he erroneously claims it was. The US issued 7,727 visas to Iranian passport holders in 2016 prior to the ban. After the ban in 2018, that number dropped to 1,449. My own wife was issued a B1/B2 Tourist visa to meet my family in 2016 after approximately 40 days of administrative processing which is standard for US visa seekers who hold Iranian passports. On the other hand, she was rejected for the same B1/B2 Tourist visa in 2018 after a grueling 60+ day wait due to Presidential Proclamation 9645. At the behest of the Counselor Officer where we currently live, she was told to just finish the immigration process since this would put her in a better position to receive one of these nearly impossible to get waivers. She had her interview on November 19, 2018, and we are still awaiting the results of whatever these epic, non-transparent ‘extreme vetting’ procedures yield. Somehow despite my wife being perfectly fine to enter in 2016, three years later, we are entering the 10th month of waiting for one of these elusive waivers with no end time in sight, nor any guarantee that things will work out. Tell me how this is pretty much the same as things have always been?

What these commentators seem to not realize is that the United States immigration system is incredibly rigid. One cannot hop on a plane and say they want to immigrate with an empty wallet to start of Kebab shop in Queens. It seems as if many of these people that take umbrage at the prospects of legal immigration believe that the immigration rules of 2019 are the same as they were in 1819. In the end, it is important to once again reiterate that the Muslim immigrants Jackson, Bin Hamid Ali and others are disparaging are those who most likely are the family members of American Muslim citizens; by belittling the spouses and children of American Muslims, these people are belittling American Muslims themselves.

Neo-nationalism, tribalism, and identity politics of this sort are wholly antithetical to the Islamic enterprise. We have now reached the point where people who are considered authority figures within the American Islamic community are promoting nativism and identity politics at the expense of American Muslim families. Instead of trying to rationalize the ‘so-called Muslim Ban’ via appeals to nativist and nationalist rhetoric, influential Muslim leaders and internet influencers need to demonstrate empathy and compassion for the thousands of US Muslim families being torn apart by this indefinite Muslim ban that we all know will never end so long as Donald Trump remains president. In reality, they should be willing to fight tooth-and-nail for American Muslim families. These are the same people who regularly critique the decline of the family unit and the rise of single-parent households. Do they not see the hypocrisy in their positions of not defending those Muslim families that seek to stay together?

If these people are not willing to advocate on behalf of those of us suffering— some of us living in self-imposed exile in third party countries to remain with our spouses and children— the least they can do is to not downplay our suffering or even worse, turn it into a political football (Social Justice Warrior politics vs. traditional ‘real’ Islam). It seems clear that if liberal Muslim activists were not as outspoken on this matter, these more conservative voices would take a different perspective. With the exception of Shadi Hamid, the other aforementioned names have made efforts to constrain themselves firmly to the ‘traditional’ Muslim camp. There is no reason that this issue, which obviously transcends petty partisan Muslim politics, ought to symbolize one’s allegiance to any particular social movement or camp within contemporary Islamic civil society.

If these people want a ‘traditional’ justification for why Muslim families should not be separated, they ought to be reminded that one of al-Ghazali’s 5 essential principles of the Shari’a was related to the protection of lineage/family and honor (ḥifẓ al-nasl). Our spouses are not cannon fodder for such childish partisan politics. We will continue to protect our families and their honor regardless of how hostile the environment may become for us and regardless of who we have to name and shame in the process.

When I got married over a year prior to Donald Trump being elected President, I vowed that only Allah would separate me from my spouse. I intend on keeping that vow regardless of what consequences that decision may have.

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5 Quick Things Americans Can Do For Uyghurs Today

Abu Ryan Dardir

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“I may die, but let it be known that my nation will continue their struggle so long the world continues to exist.” Kazakh leader Uthman Batur. He said these words as Chinese authorities executed him for resisting the communist occupation. Currently, China has, one million Uyghurs (Uighurs), Kazakhs, and other Muslim minorities held in concentration camps in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) (East Turkistan) in northwestern China.

Their struggle surpasses the 10 or so years since we have become aware of it. Just like the Rohingya genocide, we waited till the last minute. We are always late and say, “Never Again.” It happens again and again.

In my lifetime, there have been horrendous genocides that could have been prevented to stopped. As a child, I remember Rwanda in the headlines, then a year later Bosnian genocide. Then we hear these demonic stories after the fact. I remember stories from survivors from Bosnia, and thinking to myself, “How are you here and functioning?”

Let us not be fooled to why this is happening now. It is related to economic advantages. The Chinese government’s present signature foreign policy initiative is the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) that seeks to connect the PRC economically to the rest of the Eurasian continent through massive infrastructure projects that will stimulate international trade. The western and south-western components of the BRI require the XUAR to serve as a transportation and commercial hub to trade routes and pipelines that will join China with Central and South Asia, the Middle East, and the entirety of Europe. As a result, the XUAR has become an important strategic region for the Chinese, and the state views its indigenous populations as an obstacle to developing its vision for this future critical center of international commercial networks.1

The expansion of their trade route also ties in Iran hence the sanctions placed, but that’s a different report for a different time. China, of course, has defended their actions by claiming its an anti-terrorism plan. Getting reliable information is hard. China has made it a point to make things difficult for reporters. Yanan Wang, a China-based journalist from the Associated Press, has reported extensively on and from Xinjiang.

In a ceremony at Asia Society on Tuesday commemorating AP’s 2019 Osborn Elliott Award for Excellence in Journalism on Asia, Wang described the subtle ways government minders worked to thwart her reporting: “(Both of the times we went there we arrived at the airport, we had a welcoming committee from the local authorities. They’re always very polite and professional. They say that “you’ve arrived in Xinjiang and we’re here to assist you in your reporting. Tell us what you’re working on so we can help you.” They offer us drives in their car and plenty of hospitality.

Basically, from the moment we arrive, we’re followed by at least one car. There are a bunch of interesting scenarios that we came across. You can see that the local handlers are trying hard to be professional. They are members of the propaganda department, so they’re PR professionals. They don’t want to make it appear like it’s so stifling. At one point, we were taking photos, and someone suddenly appeared on the scene to say he was a “concerned citizen.” He said he’d seen us taking photos and that it was an infringement of his privacy rights. He had this long monologue about privacy rights and about how it wasn’t right for us to take photos of him without his knowledge. We asked him, “Well, where are you in these photos?” and he’d go through all of them. He said we had to delete all of them. He’d say, “This is my brother,” or “This is my place of work, you have to delete it.”

They had all of these interesting tactics to work around the idea that they were trying to obstruct our reporting and make it appear that someone who claims to be a concerned citizen.)”2

On top of that, locals that talk to journalist are punished, sometimes go missing.

I decided to do something this time around; I got in touch with an Uyghur community near my residence to see how an individual could help. It started at a Turkic restaurant, and from there, I have been involved in whatever capacity I am able. Through this effort, I got in touch with a Turkic professor in Turkey who has students stranded as they are cut off from contacting family back in Xinjiang. He helps them out financially; my family and friends help with what they can.

As Muslims in the West, there is no doubt we should act. Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart, and that is the weakest of faith” (Muslim).

How Can You Help Uyghurs

Here are a few things you can do to help:

1. Ask Congress to pass To pass S.178 & H.R.649 Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019. Urge your senator and representative to support this cause. It has been introduced. This bill can help the Uyghur community to be treated like Tibetans (another region oppressed by China).

2. Stay informed. The mainstream media is not the place to get accurate information on the situation. Be skeptical of where the data is coming from, stick to reliable sources that are verified. As mentioned above, journalists find it difficult to report.

3. Donate to Uyghur Human Rights Organizations to end concentration camps: UHRP, Uyghur American Association Donate to Awareness Campaigns: Save Uigur Campaign 

4. Boycott or reduce buying Made in China products

5. Follow these links for updated information: facebook.com/Uyghur-Human-Rights-Project-227634297289994/ and facebook.com/ChinaMuslims

This crisis is an ethnic cleansing for profit. These are dark days as we value profit over people.

1.Statement by Concerned Scholars on mass detentions | MCLC …. https://u.osu.edu/mclc/2018/11/27/statement-by-concerned-scholars-on-mass-detention s/

2.Why It’s So Difficult for Journalists To Report From …. https://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/why-its-so-difficult-journalists-report-xinjiang

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