Zakir Abdul Karim Naik: Political Islam is now in Southern Mexico and Latin America
Naik in the Maldives in May 2010
|Born||18 October 1965
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Occupation||President of Islamic Research Foundation, Public speaker|
Founder of Peace TV, Peace TV Bangla, Peace TV Urdu and Peace TV Chinese
|Board member of||Islamic Research Foundation, iERA, Islamic International School and United Islamic Aid|
|Children||Fariq Naik, Rushdaa Naik|
|Awards||King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 2015|
Zakir Abdul Karim Naik (born 18 October 1965) is an Indian Islamic preacher, and the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF). He is also the founder of the “comparative religion” Peace TV channel through which he reaches a reported 100 million viewers. He has been called an “authority on comparative religion”, “perhaps the most influential Salafi ideologue in India”, “the rock star of tele-evangelism and a proponent of modern Islam” and “the world’s leading Salafi evangelist”. Unlike many Islamic preachers, his lectures are colloquial, given in English, not Urdu or Arabic, and he wears a suit and tie rather than traditional garb.
Before becoming a public speaker, he trained as a medical doctor. He has published booklet versions of lectures on Islam and comparative religion. Although he has publicly disclaimed sectarianism in Islam, he is regarded by some as an exponent of the Salafi ideology, and, by some, as a radical Islamic televangelist propagating Wahhabism. His preaching is currently banned in India, Bangladesh, Canada and the United Kingdom. He is said to have more critics within the Islamic community than those outside it.