Dr. Zakir Naik is a familiar name to many. He is an Indian Islamic preacher who has followers all around. He has gained fame and honor because of his lectures. He indeed is a great Islamic scholar. Muslims around the world respect him for he has could tell the world that what Islam is. It is his teachings, attitude, behavior, and aura that he has could deliver 4000 lectures in various countries on great demand. His lectures are available online which are viewed by millions of worldwide viewers. According to reports he currently has 16 million Facebook followers and 150,000 twitter followers! He is an inspiration for youth. He has become an Icon for Muslim youth around the world.[irp]
There has been a news going on in various TV Channels as well as social media platforms that Dr. Zakir Naik has been awarded Saudi Nationality by King Salman to provide him protection against Modi (Indian) government. We have decided to clarify our readers about this news. Dr. Zakir himself has reported that the rumor is a false one! He stated that he does not hold a Saudi citizenship currently, but if there would be Allah’s will, nothing is impossible. Dr. Zakir is an NRI and has been equipped with a residency permit for living in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The fake news of his holding a Saudi citizenship spread like fire in the media. One of the channels reported it and other queued up behind without even inquiring its validity. However, the news got hype because of a picture of Dr. Zakir Naik and King Salman. Well, guys, the picture was taken when he was being honored for his services towards Islam with a King Faisal International Prize. The rumor spread that King Salman has honored Dr. Zakir with Saudi citizenship.
Famous personalities like Dr. Zakir often become a victim of a false news and rumor. Well, media does that deliberately to increase their rating (what a cheap way it is!). As the media knows that Dr. Zakir Naik has great fan following, such news can catch his followers’ attention and such news can be sold as hot buns! Well, guys, Dr. Zakir has not been honored with a Saudi citizenship. So, if you read news stating it and there is a picture attached of Dr. Zakir and King Salman, do not believe it. Dr. Zakir only has a residency permit of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. He, however, does hold a Malaysian citizenship.[irp]
Well, the real news relating Dr. Zakir Naik is that he is on the wanted list by India. In a terror attack, that took place in Bangladesh’s café, Bangladesh held Naik responsible for it. The news was that the gunman who was involved in the attack stated that he was inspired by Naik’s speeches. The attack took lives of 22 people. However, Naik said that his speeches never evoke anyone to take the life of an innocent. He briefed the media that taking a life is considered as a second major sin in Islam. India has now requested Interpol to issue a Red Corner Notice against Naik. A Red Corner Notice will allow law enforcing agencies to arrest Naik.