Dr. Zakir Naik - Is Terrorism a Muslim Monopoly 3 of 4
English Description: Terrorism is not a Muslim monopoly, was the message delivered by international Dawah activist Dr. Zakir Naik in a lecture delivered at the Shanmukhananda...
English Description: Terrorism is not a Muslim monopoly, was the message delivered by international Dawah activist Dr. Zakir Naik in a lecture delivered at the Shanmukhananda auditorium on 11th Sept 2006 in Mumbai in front of a jam packed crowd. Dr. Zakir categorically explained the meaning of terrorism. Quoting historical facts and figures, he explained how the assumption that ï¿½not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are Muslimï¿½ was untrue. Dr. Zakir, who is one of the Muslim worldï¿½s leading and most prolific speakers, quoted from the scriptures of other religions and proved that associating killing with Islam is incorrect. ï¿½We should learn how to turn the tables and convey the real meaning,ï¿½ said Dr. Zakir, while calling on Muslims to dispel the mediaï¿½s vilifying of Muslims and the importance of having Muslim television channels and newspapers. The speech was followed by a lively question-and-answer session in which Dr. Zakir dealt with questions from the audience on terrorism and comparative religion.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Meanwhile, in a private iftar meeting with journalists, Dr. Zakir called on Muslim businessmen across the world to boycott the US dollar and predicted that such a move would, within two years, see the end of the US as an economic superpower. Having described the war on terror as an excuse to take control of Middle Eastern oil reserves, Dr. Zakir called on businessmen to boycott the dollar. ï¿½Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has provided us with a strategy to stop the US, which is to target the US economy. The first thing we should do is to stop dealing in dollars... America is presently in debt, the dollar is in debt and half the finance of the country is in debt,ï¿½ he claimed. Dr. Zakir added that if governments were unwilling to boycott the dollar then businessmen and businesswomen should themselves individually boycott the currency and advised them to deal in riyals, dirhams, gold and euros. ï¿½Use the euro as an alternative. The process of having an Islamic currency would take time and so we shouldnï¿½t wait for that,ï¿½ he said, adding, ï¿½Now if someone insists on dealing in dollars then make sure you change currency as soon as possible. When you change the currency then the banks will send the dollars back to the US ï¿½ within two years their economy will collapse. For us to achieve this, we need our businessmen to stop dealing in dollars. Once their economy collapses then their position as an economic superpower will end.ï¿½ Dr. Zakir spoke about the war on terror and also about Pope Benedictï¿½s recent remarks earlier this month. He described the popeï¿½s comments as ï¿½completely baselessï¿½ and not befitting the leader of the Catholic Church. ï¿½The apology he delivered was, according to me, a half-half apology. The pope said he was pained that Muslims were pained by his statement; he should have rather admitted his speech was wrong. I feel that the papal apology was incorrect. The popeï¿½s response to the protests was also wrong. From this, I feel it seems that whatever he said, he said it deliberately. It is not like as if he said what he said without knowing,ï¿½ said Dr. Zakir. Speaking at another iftar gathering in Jeddah, Dr. Zakir also revealed that his Islamic television channel ï¿½Peace TVï¿½ was viewed in 125 countries making up three-fourths of the world and disclosed plans to open two more channels: One in English and another in Urdu. Dr. Zakir also spoke about the success of his school, which gives priority to teaching Arabic and where sciences are taught with an Islamic perspective. Similar schools will be established in Dubai and Riyadh, he added. Dr. Zakir is a writer and speaker from Bombay who specializes on Islam and comparative religion. A medical doctor by training, Dr. Zakir travels extensively and works toward clearing misconceptions about Islam among both Muslims and non-Muslims.