Islamic preacher Zakir Naik should be banned from country: Lebanese activists

Vastavam web: Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is wanted in India on terror charges, is facing opposition from activists in Lebanon who have launched a campaign to ban his entry after a local cleric invited him to deliver a lecture.Calling Naik’s views “extremist” and “inflammatory”, the Lebanese activists say his presence is not conducive to the “harmony of a multicultural country like Lebanon”, according to The New Arab. Sheikh Hassan Katerji, head of Lebanon’s little known Salafi group Islamic Federation Society, posted on Facebook from Saudi Arabia that Naik’s visit would take place “soon”, once adequate preparations were made.”Good news! Praise be to Allah, the preacher Zakir Naik has agreed to come to Lebanon when I visited him this morning,” he posted on his Facebook on June 11.

A petition was launched soon thereafter via the Avaaz platform, appealing for people to support a ban on Naik’s entry to the Mediterranean country. Activists behind the campaign are also threatening legal action.”Naik’s visit is dangerous on many levels,” said Merheb, the Lebanese lawyer. “It encourages extremism, creates tension between different religious communities in Lebanon and may inspire jihadis.” His views may be in violation of Lebanese laws regarding sectarian incitement, the lawyer added. Naik had fled from India on July 1, 2016 after terrorists in neighbouring Bangladesh claimed that they were inspired by his speeches on waging jehad. He is being probed in India for terror and money laundering charges. He had fled from India immediately after an investigation against him was initiated.