A quick trawl of popular Muslim websites will reveal the widespread outrage at the government’s decision to ban Zakir Naik from speaking to what were set to be huge conferences at Sheffield Arena, the LG Arena in Birmingham and London’s Wembley Arena.
However, not all UK Muslims oppose the ban. A spokesperson for the tiny – as in unbelievably microscopic – outfit British Muslims for Secular Democracy wrote a fantastically muddled article on Cif explaining why they supported the ban.
And yesterday, the British Muslim Forum issued a highly sectarian statement – and a typically illiterate one at that – giving their reasons for supporting the ban claiming that Naik was a supporter of ‘al-Qaeda and the Talibans [sic]’.
Naik has issued a statement – which the BMF do not refer to – making clear that he totally denounces terrorism and has even recorded a video to clarify some of his statements which he says have been misrepresented.
I wrote about Naik for Cif last week and have to say that it seems abundantly clear that Naik is no supporter of terrorism or terrorists and it is frankly dishonest to say otherwise.
The BMF’s latest statement is therefore a disgrace. Still, I was told that when they employed a chief executive a couple of years ago, the main instructions the person was given by the ‘scholars’ that run BMF was that they wanted to see their photographs appearing at least weekly in the Daily Jang.
Naturally, the sight of the incredibly popular Zakir Naik filling entire arenas in the UK could not have been a very comfortable one for their over-inflated egos.
Zakir Naik has a huge international following and tremendous pulling power. If the UK authorities had any sense, they would utilise Naik’s talents to reinforce the anti-terrorist message.