A Cautionary Note on Dr Zakir Naik

Over the last decade, Dr Zakir Naik has become extremely popular due to his charismatic talks and debates. The scriptural quotations he highlights are interesting, and in many cases enlightening. He has been working very hard, establishing IRF and Peace TV. Much of this is positive and commendable.

However, I am increasingly concerned about some of the ideas he has promoted. When watching Peace TV, I have noticed most of the people he is working with are Wahabis and Deobandis. These sects are not mainstream Sunni’s, as they hold views that Sunni scholars class as heresy.

While Dr Naik himself has denied affiliation with any particular sect of Islam, these observations cannot be ignored. While I respect his hard work and dedication, I think we should be careful not to become too enamored by him.

We would also do well to remember that no one is perfect except Allah, and everyone has flaws except the Angels and the Prophets.

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11 Responses to A Cautionary Note on Dr Zakir Naik

  1. Mushafiq says:

    Greetings to u
    I went through ur views on Dr. Zakir Naik and ur other articles and I am deeply disappointed. You have openly used derogatory words like wahabbism, which i take an exception to. Can u please explain the origin of this word? If u attribute the origin of “wahabbism” to Muhammad bin Abdul Wahab then u cannot label his path after his father as “Wahabbism” . rather you should call his path as Muhammadism and his follower as Muhammadi, which u will never dare. I believe that the sufism that u preach is indeed a deviant path and the practices that u promote are definitely a bid’ah.
    Dr. Zakir Naik is doing a commendable job and is strictly following the Qur’an and Sunnah. He has more insight than u pseudo-sufis, to decide whom he should work with. There is no difference between Barelwiah and Shia beliefs and u r as such more deviated.
    May the God of all truth Guide u.

    • Sufis are deviant its ur thinking i think u have just seen few bad characters and u percieve as thiugh all sufis are like this so brither before percieving or conveying any msg about sufism to anybody i think u must go through tasawuf study first. May Almighty bless all of us

  2. Paul Salahuddin Armstrong says:

    Salaam Alaikum brother.

    If you haven’t already, please check out the article “Creed of Islam (Aqeeda)” https://wulfrunasufi.wordpress.com/creed-of-islam-aqeeda/

    Originally compiled by traditional Sunni scholars, this article highlights the corrupt beliefs of the founders of various sects, as compared with the traditional beliefs of Ahl As Sunnah Wal Jamaat. To further clarify the Creed of Islam, I aim to post the “Aqeeda at-Tahawiyya”, at some point in the near future. The Creed of Imam Tahawi has long been accepted by Sunni Muslims of all traditional schools of thought.

    I simply wished to air concerns that Dr Zakir Naik, appears to be working with people belonging to factional sects. I agree he has been working very hard, to spread the message of Islam, as he understands it. I would of course welcome Dr Naik’s feedback. If Dr Naik doesn’t belong to any of these factional sects, but instead adheres to the beliefs of Ahl As Sunnah wal Jamaat, this would be very reassuring to know.

    I pray Allah guides us all in the straight path.

  3. Bilal Khan says:

    By keeping discussion in mind I will like to share a website http://zakirnaikblog.blogspot.com which is a website about great islamic scholar Zakir Naik who made a lot oif non muslims to accept islam by his speeches.

    • Paul Salahuddin Armstrong says:

      Salaam alaikum Bilal,

      With all due respect, Dr Zakir Naik is a qualified medical doctor, not an Islamic scholar… I respect the fact he’s a very clever and knowledgeable man, but to claim he’s an Islamic scholar, or especially a ‘great’ Islamic scholar, is quite simply not true! How does Dr Zakir compare to the likes of Imam Malik, Imam Jafar as Sadiq, Imam Abu Hanifa or Imam Ghazali? Even though some people may have embraced Islam as a result of his work, this doesn’t prove anyone is an Islamic scholar! Besides which, one has to ask what understanding of Islam have they gained from his teachings? Many people do not understand our religion in our time… If people convert from one misunderstanding to another, surely it’s reasonable to question how beneficial that has been…

      Wa Salaam,


  4. Wiz says:

    Extract from Zakir Naik’s video about Osama & Terrorism:
    “As far as terrorist is concerned, I tell the Muslims that every Muslim should be a terrorist… What is the meaning of the word terrorist? Terrorist by definition means a person who terrorises. When a robber sees a policeman he’s terrified. So for a robber, a policeman is a terrorist. So in this context every Muslim should be a terrorist to the robber… Every Muslim should be a terrorist to each and every anti-social element. I’m aware that terrorist more commonly is used for a person who terrorises an innocent person. In this context, no Muslim should even terrorise a single innocent human being. The Muslims should selectively terrorise the anti-social element, and many times, two different labels are given to the same activity of the same individual … Before any person gives any label to any individual for any of his actions, we have to first analyse, for what reason is he doing that?” (Source – video google)

    My view:
    There is police, judiciary, law, legal way to terrorize the anti-social element.
    ANTI-SOCIAL is extremely subjective,
    What is anti-social/illegal to you is, might be legal for other. Even in Islamic countries, many laws are different from each other.
    Now imagine if someone takes Zakir seriously, and starts terrorizing the people he/she thinks are “Anti-Social”, what will be the consequences?
    This is what all terrorist believe, they think they are working for Allah, and terrorizing people who they think are Anti-Social.
    Instead of accepting his fault, Zakir Naik is trying to justify his statement.
    And I feel such people are the most dangerous people for human civilization.

  5. yoga says:

    i really really like zakir naik (may allah bless him),,he changes my perseption bout islam ,,but when i’m fall in love with allah and rasulullah s.a.w ,,i found a tasawwuf called naghsyabandiyah al hakani n wanna be part of them ,, no matter what zakir naik say now ,,i just wanna straight on this way for now ,,wa salaam

  6. R.Ahmad says:

    Islam is submission as Abu Bakr showed. For followers, no philosphy needs. Only trust Rasool and worship for Allah. Be slaves of Slaves of mohamad. keep knowlegde for ulmas than for ignorants.

  7. Maheen Asad Khan says:

    Dr. Zakir Naik is a great person and i appreciate him and credit him for all the good work he has done in order to enlighten the masses about Islam and its concepts. Good work Zakir bhai. Keep it up.

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