Zakir Naik would consider 'Bible sessions' pornographic - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Malaysiakini : "...It was their first time to touch a Bible and read it, so we do
exercises that they have to read and compare it with the Quran, so
there's no fear or stigma about it."- PKR's Penanti assemblyperson Norlela Ariffin
COMMENT | The “Bible sessions” organised by Norlela Ariffin (above)
to foster interfaith dialogue is an admirable attempt at
grassroots-level activism that should be built upon by the vast
religious bureaucracy of this country.
However, I think Harapan’s religious czar Mujahid Rawa Yusof, who finds preacher Zakir Naik “inspiring,”
will instead focus his attention on “disturbing” elements like
encouraging “dehijabing” instead of changing the mainstream Islamic
narrative of this country.
of Zakir Naik, he would probably accuse the Penanti representative of
spreading pornography behind closed doors. In his 2016 “lecture” held
at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) with the crowd reportedly numbered
at 20,000, Zakir Naik claimed that the Bible contained pornographic
He further claimed that his religion did not allow him to read “obscene things
in front of the audience,” so even for a million dollars, he would
refrain from quoting those passages. Zakir Naik reassured the audience
that he was not there to “degrade” the Bible. Zakir’s “Peace TV,”
which has been banned in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, of course
broadcast all this. It is any wonder that the UK is considering a ban.
While Norlela organises small groups of her constituents in what seems like a convivial exchange of ideas, Zakir Naik (above)
has access and is enabled by Malay powerbrokers to spread his message
of disinformation to the public, all the while enjoying privileges that
are denied to other religious personalities.
Of course, what he says about the Bible is rather queer because, as reported in India Today, “he was quoted
as saying, 'There are many verses in the Quran which say you can have
sex with your wife and with whatever your right hand possesses.' 'Right
hand possesses,' he went on, 'which means your slaves.'"
if any of Noralela’s constituents are Zakir Naik followers. Maybe they
have confusions about the Bible because they listen to what preachers
like Zakir Naik spew on a daily basis. Can you imagine what would happen
if a non-Muslim said something like this about the Quran?
Compare the grassroots-level activism of what Norlela is doing (below)
and the kind of state support that Zakir Naik gets. While people may
applaud what Norlela is doing, what they fail to understand is that
eventually, the state’s Islamic narrative will trump her efforts.
Mujahid may go on about his "compassionate Islam" policy, but what he
has really done is enable the deep Islamic state, and continues to make
false equivalences between "liberalism" and "extremist Islamic"
Norlela says for Umno and PAS, Islam is always under
siege. And that Muslims, if they read the Bible, would be converted. The
problem is that the reportage of illegal or unilateral conversion to
Islam points to how simple it is for non-Muslims to be converted to
Hence, what Muslims fear is that if
it is so simple for non-Muslims to be converted, then it would also mean
that Muslims could be easily "tricked" into converting to another
Zakir Naik does so well is point to the similarities of various
religious texts and puts forward the argument that Islam is superior
because all other texts are not the word of God. He also propagates
conspiracy theories which further validate the fear of Muslims that they
are victims of unholy forces out to subvert their religion.
is why someone like Zakir Naik is an important mouthpiece for mainstream
Malay political parties. Non-Muslims mock Umno/PAS as kleptocrats who
looted this country. What they fail to understand is that the kind of
Islam propagated by the likes of Zakir Naik, and now Umno/PAS, means
that kleptocrats are better leaders than honest politicians, but more
importantly, neither Islam nor the country needs reform.
state security apparatus has since banned him from speaking in public,
there are many avenues left for him to spread his propaganda, and
audiences are ever eager to hear him speak. You had better believe that
with the audience he has, Malay powerbrokers are ever willing to use him
as a conduit to a class of people who think that Islam is supreme over
all other religions.
The boy minister breaks bread
with a preacher who insults Chinese and Indian citizens of this
country. Pakatan Harapan’s religious czar holds a preacher who
denigrates other religions in high regard. And the Malay power
structures who claim the supremacy of the Malay language, bend the knee
to an Indian preacher who pontificates in English to crowds of people
who most probably have no idea what he is babbling on about.
important point to consider is that now that we know Malaysia is a
source and transit point for Islamic terror groups, we also have to
acknowledge the propaganda behind such groups. Keep in mind Zakir Naik’s
comments about Osama Bin Laden, "If you ask my view, if given the truth, if he is fighting the enemies of Islam, I am for him."
The only thing obscene about this whole situation is the religious and political hypocrisy when it comes to Zakir Naik.