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.