Why do you hate Dr. Zakir Naik

Islamism and Society

The Indian hate preacher Zakir Naik has so far not returned to his homeland despite numerous efforts by the Indian government and is continuing his media activities from his exile in Malaysia. He is wanted by India because of unclear financial transactions. Most recently, he is said to have been offered to drop the charges if he positions himself in the interests of the government on the Kashmir issue. In exile he recently met other problematic preachers, including the German actor Muhammed Ciftci.

Zakir Naik is an Indian hate preacher who has a large following in his country and internationally. One of the reasons for this is that he mainly gives his sermons in English and disseminates them via social media. He currently has over 20 million subscribers on Facebook. Naik has not set foot in Indian soil since 2016 on charges of money laundering and hate speech. Repeated attempts have been made to get hold of him by means of an international arrest warrant via Interpol. This search was in effect at times. However, Malaysia has granted Naik permanent residence.

In exile, Naik repeatedly meets other problematic preachers, most recently Yasir Qadhi:

Photo credit: Yasir Qadhi's Facebook page, accessed January 18, 2020

Naik is not restricted in its networking activities. European actors are also involved again and again. In December he met the British Haitham al-Haddad and the German actor Muhammed Ciftci:

Receipt picture: Facebook page of Muhammed Ciftci, accessed January 18, 2020

Ciftci is a Germany-wide active preacher who is often said to have a radicalizing effect and who has had his headquarters in Braunschweig for several years. Before that, he was active in M├Ânchengladbach with Sven Lau with the association Invitation to Paradise and maintained an online school that was later closed. He is one of those preachers who have been networked in the radical German association Committee for Moon Sightings since mid-2018. He has maintained international contacts like the one with Naik and al-Haddad for years (see posts on this blog). Ciftci is also repeatedly mentioned by name in reports on the protection of the constitution, for example in the current report of the state of Baden-W├╝rttemberg on page 46 or from page 201 in the report of the state of Lower Saxony. *

Naik has rejected the Indian prime minister's offer - if it actually happened that way - in a video:


The case has domestic political consequences. The Congress President wants to clarify.

This course of action should be grist to the mill of those who think there is nothing serious against Naik. Because, according to the internal logic, even a prime minister could not simply suspend the pursuit of serious accusations in the context of a political trade.

As a result, this is likely to drive Naik's followers. It is not only from this that we can learn that such trade and agreements with Islamists ultimately always lead to their strengthening. Any kind of appreciation and recognition is wrong, because this is a one-way accommodation. Fundamentalists of this kind are not negotiating partners. Anyone who wants to turn them into negotiating partners or who wants to use their social influence is already going to run their business.



According to the Lower Saxony Office for the Protection of the Constitution, around 150 people regularly come to his mosque, which is backed by the German-speaking Muslim Community; However, he reaches many more followers through the Internet and his visits to other mosques.

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