[Reader-list] UK bans radical preacher Zakir Naik from entering UK

Javed javedmasoo at gmail.com
Sat Jun 19 14:50:18 IST 2010

Pawan, although I think Zakir Naik should be banned from entering or
exiting from any where, but I don't think he ever said "every Muslim
should be a terrorist". His channel is called Peace TV and he does
talk most of the times about Islam being a peaceful religion (although
I may not agree to most of what he preaches). But I think this
Telegraph report is highly biased and wrong in quoting him this way.

I think your food doesn't get digested until you have posted thirteen
anti-Islam messages everyday. Eh?


On Sat, Jun 19, 2010 at 12:15 PM, Pawan Durani <pawan.durani at gmail.com> wrote:
> "A radical preacher who claimed that “every Muslim should be a
> terrorist” has been banned from coming to Britain,"
> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/7836557/Home-secretary-Theresa-May-bans-radical-preacher-Zakir-Naik-from-entering-UK.html
> n her first major test of being tough on extremism, Theresa May, the
> new Home Secretary, said she was banning Zakir Naik from entering the
> UK.
> Dr Naik, a 44-year-old Indian televangelist, had been due to give a
> series of lectures at arenas in Wembley Arena and Sheffield.
> The Home Secretary can exclude or deport an individual if she thinks
> that their presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good.
> There had been speculation that Dr Naik would be allowed into the UK.
> However Mrs May said she was excluding him because of the “numerous
> comments” he made were evidence of his “unacceptable behaviour”.
> This behaviour applies to anyone who writes or publishes material
> which can “foment justify or glorify terrorist violence” or “seek to
> provoke others to terrorist acts”.
> Mrs May told The Daily Telegraph: “I have excluded Dr Naik from the
> UK. Numerous comments made by Dr Naik are evidence to me of his
> unacceptable behaviour.
> “Coming to the UK is a privilege not a right and I am not wiling to
> allow those who might not be conducive to the public good to enter the
> UK.
> “Exclusion powers are very serious and no decision is taken lightly or
> as a method of stopping open debate on issues.”
> Home Office sources said Dr Naik had been filmed on a website making
> inflammatory comments such as “every Muslim should be a terrorist”.
> He said: “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.”
> He has also been filmed saying: “There are many Jews who are good to
> Muslims, but as a whole … The Koran tells us, as a whole, they will be
> our staunchest enemy.”
> In a web posting from 2006 he said: “Beware of Muslims saying Osama
> Bin Laden is right or wrong. I reject them … we don’t know.
> “But if you ask my view, if given the truth, if he is fighting the
> enemies of Islam, I am for him. I don’t know what he’s doing. I’m not
> in touch with him. I don’t know him personally. I read the newspaper.
> “If he is terrorising the terrorists, if he is terrorising America the
> terrorist, the biggest terrorist, every Muslim should be a terrorist.”
> He is also reported to have said suggested that western women make
> themselves “more susceptible to rape” by wearing revealing clothing.
> He reportedly said: “Western society has actually degraded [women] to
> the status of concubines, mistresses and social butterflies, who are
> mere tools in the hands of pleasure seekers and sex marketeers”
> Last night Patrick Mercer MP, the former chairman of the Commons
> counter-terrorism committee, said: “This is really good news. It shows
> that firm Government action can be taken against people.
> "This is exactly the sort of man who we want to exclude from this country.”
> Dr Naik has been named as the third most popular spiritual guru in
> India and was judged in 2009 to be 82nd in a list of India’s most
> powerful people.
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