NEW DELHI: Islamic preacher and renowned scholar of world fame, Zakir Naik, who is being hounded by the government at the Center, has his passport revoked by the Indian Government. This is the most serious step taken against the preacher who is famous for his inter-faith conferences.
His organization, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) was banned earlier this year and multiple schools run by the foundation taken over by the government. The complete structure of his organization has been destroyed in a which-hunt that has surprised almost everyone across the country and beyond.
There is no denying that his brand of inter-faith dialogue had baffled many people, with many Islamic scholars criticizing him and his organization. They claimed that while this type of discussions might have been suited for an era a couple of decades ago, but it was ill-suited for our time and least of all in India. They contended that his inter-faith dialogues, instead of reducing the misconception about Islam, created wrong and negative impression in the minds of common people.
In the meantime Zakir Naik’s passport has been revoked following a recommendation from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) which has already booked him under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for his terror links. The revocation of the passport by the regional passport office in Mumbai makes Zakir Naik a stateless person.
While government has accused that his speeches incite youth to commit terror acts and has made it the ground for revocation of his passport, but this may be overstretching of imagination.
Naik hasn’t responded to NIA’s summons in the case. A Times Of India report says, “Naik has been reportedly travelling between Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and other countries after leaving India last year but the revocation of his passport will now restrict his movements, said officials. The assistant passport officer (policy) at RPO Mumbai wrote to Naik on July 3, directing that he meet him on any working day between 10am and 12.30pm within 10 days, along with his passport dated January 20, 2016. “Failure to submit the passport will force us to initiate necessary action under the Passport Act, 1967 against you,” he had warned”.
Many people wonder as to where is Dr Zakir Naik now. There are rumors that Zakir Naik has been given Malaysia citizenship, but apparently the story is untrue, though reports claim that he has spent most part of the year 2017 in Malaysia. He is travelling from UAE to Saudi Arabia and Malaysia extensively.