Zakir Abdul Karim Naik

Zakir Abdul Karim Naik[10] (born 18 October 1965) is an Indian Islamic televangelist[11][12] and Islamic preacher.[13][11][14][15] He is the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF).[1][16][17] He is also the founder of the Peace TV.[18][19] He has been called an “authority on comparative religion”,[20] “perhaps the most influential Salafi ideologue in India”,[21] “the rock star of tele-evangelism and a proponent of modern Islam”[16] and “the world’s leading Salafi evangelist”.[22]Zakir Naik

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Naik in the Maldives in May 2010Born18 October 1965 (age 54)
MumbaiMaharashtraIndiaNationalityIndianCitizenshipNon-Resident Indian(NRI)EducationMBBS[1]Alma mater

OccupationPresident of Islamic Research Foundation, Public speakerYears active1991–presentKnown forDawah
Founder of Peace TVPeace TV BanglaPeace TV Urdu and Peace TV ChineseBoard member ofIslamic Research Foundation,[2]Islamic International School and United Islamic Aid[3]Spouse(s)Farhat Naik[4][5][6]ChildrenFariq Naik,[7][8][9] Zikra Naik, Rushdaa Naik[7]AwardsKing Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam, 2015Website

Before becoming a public speaker, he trained as a physician.[12] He has published booklet versions of lectures on Islam and comparative religion. Although he has publicly disclaimed sectarianism in Islam,[23] he is regarded as an exponent of the Salafi ideology,[21][24] and by many sources as a radical Islamist[11][14][15] promoting Wahhabism.[22][14][25][26][27] His preaching is currently banned in IndiaBangladeshCanada, the United Kingdom and Malaysia, under anti-terrorism or anti-hate laws.[28][29][30][31] His TV channel Peace TV is banned in India,[32] Bangladesh,[33][34] Sri Lanka,[35] and is pending a ban by Ofcom in the United Kingdom.[36][37]