Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Zakir Naik, the "Donald Trump" of Muslims
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
I could not understand why Zakir Naik is so popular with certain groups of people. They would even attend the talk of his son, who is even less qualified. No one can name a single one of Zakir Naik’s teachers. And no, Shaykh Ahmed Deedat (r.a.) was never his teacher.
In a series of conversations, or what could barely pass as one, people who took offence at my derision of this miscreant, Zakir Naik, told me he is famous because he is qualified. And he is qualified because he is famous. He is so “brilliant that he does not need a teacher.” He is “great scholar” because thousands follow him, as if our learned were identified by popular acclaim instead of scholarship. He is “calling people to Islam,” despite the fact that he contradicts the Qur'an, the sunnah and the actual scholars of Islam.
I see the sort of following that would draw. In summary, Zakir Naik is the Donald Trump of Islam and people who are his supporters are just like Trump supporters. It is a personality cult where they like him because he says the same offensive things they would like to say, and they can feel pious without any of the signs of piety. And just like Trump wants to build a Wall between the US and Mexico and ask the Mexicans to pay for it, Zakir Naik wants to build a wall between Muslims and non-Muslims and then ask non-Muslim to accept Islam. The sobering reality is not that we have a Donald Trump and a Zakir Naik, but that we have so many idiots supporting them.