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Zaikir Naik, Jihadist Islamic Preacher Who Paid Non-Muslims to Convert Accused of Money-Laundering

Zaikir Naik, Jihadist Islamic Preacher Who Paid Non-Muslims to Convert Accused of Money-Laundering

MAY 5, 2019 10:00 AM BY DANIEL GREENFIELD34 COMMENTS

Zakir Naik is one of the most popular Islamic preachers in the world.

Jihad Watch has frequently covered his antics in the past.

“Zakir Naik travels the world debating non-Muslims, and many converts to Islam have claimed that it was his stellar performances in these debates that convinced them of the truth of Islam. I myself would love to debate him, but in light of this story, it may have to be in a prison cell. It is interesting that a person so renowned worldwide for his comprehensive knowledge of Islam would even be accused of complicity in jihad terror strikes. But no Western authorities are likely to ponder the implications of that,” Robert Spencer noted in 2016 when Naik was accused of inspiring Jihadists in Bangladesh.

That same year, Christine Douglass-Williams noted that Naik had been accused of staging his mass conversions.

It keeps getting worse for the wildly popular Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. Described as the “third most popular guru in India,” deemed “the rock star of tele-evangelism and a proponent of modern Islam,” and whose Peace Channel boasts 100 million viewers, Zaik’s reputation has been taking a global flogging lately. Now comes word that Naik, also well known for his “gift” of eliciting mass conversions to Islam, has been actually paying people to convert to Islam. Mumbai Police investigators say Naik and his non-profit Islamic Research Foundation have “illegally converted around 800 people to Islam by paying them using funds received from abroad.”

Now, fittingly, Naik is being accused of money laundering.

Indian prosecutors have charged controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik with money laundering.

Mr Naik, who lives in exile, is accused of acquiring $28m (£21m) worth of criminal assets, a claim he denies.

Indian authorities have also accused him of spreading hate speech and inciting terrorism.

Mr Naik, 53, promotes a radical form of Islam on the channel Peace TV. It is banned in India but has an estimated 200 million viewers worldwide.

If it has 200 million viewers worldwide, wouldn’t that make it mainstream, not radical?

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