Who is Doctor Zakir Naik?
Doctor Zakir Naik is a medical doctor who now speaks on Islam and comparative religion. Doctor Zakir Naik is featured on the PeaceTV channel in which he hosts various programs: Truth Exposed, Dare to Ask, Let’s Ask Dr. Zakir, Izhar-E-Haq, and Crossfire.
Is it only Christians who have refuted Doctor Zakir Naik?
No, some Muslims have warned against Doctor Zakir Naik; in fact, fatwas 1A fatwa, is an “opinion on a point of law…, the person who gives a fatwa, or is engaged in that profession, is a mufti;—the person who asks for a fatwa is a mustafti” (“Fatwa” in the Encyclopaedia of Islam). have been issued about his teaching,
- “He seems Ghair Muqallid and his knowledge is not deep. Therefore, he is not reliable and Muslims should avoid listening to him…. We know that he is an agent of Ghair Muqallideen, away from knowledge and wisdom, spreading mischievous things and misguiding simple Muslims to wrong path” (Darul Uloom Deoband; Questions 110; 171; 2415; 7077; 9421; 11443)
What are some examples of Doctor Zakir Naik false teaching?
These are numerous, and the most extensive list I have found is from an article, “Is the Logic of Zakir Naik Reliable?” Here is one example in which Doctor Zakir Naik argues for polygamy and uses false statistics to make his case,
Doctor Zakir Naik may think that using falsehood is justifiable so long as it proves what he believes to be true. Perhaps he reasons along the following lines,
- Polygamy is true because it is in the Quran.
- Making up statistics is okay as long as falsified information supports the Quran.
Doctor Zakir Naik does not only use falsehood, but seems dishonest when representing his interpretation of Islam before Western audiences:
Why is Doctor Zakir Naik so popular?
I think that Doctor Zakir Naik is popular in some Muslim circles because he has an amazing memory, he is a good debater, and if you don’t know much about the subject he is talking about, Dr. Naik sounds authoritative.
This is a problem with many false teachers: they become popular because they sound authoritative; however, sounding authoritative is not the same thing as being an authority on a subject. Check Doctor Zakir Naik’s “facts” and learn about Christianity from Christians and not just Muslims. A good place to start is RC Sproul.
Evidence for God’s Unchanging Word has an extensive article refuting Doctor Zakir Naik.
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