Facing heat over the “hate speech” that reportedly inspired one of the terrorists involved in the Dhaka attack, Islamic preacher Zakir Naik on Thursday said his statement “urging all Muslims to become terrorists” has been taken out of context and that he is totally against terrorism and the killing of innocent humans.
“Many of the news channels in India are showing a clipping where I am saying that every Muslim should be a terrorist. Whenever anyone wants to malign me, they show the clipping.
“This clipping, yes it is me saying it but it is out of context. I said a terrorist is a person who terrorizes someone. I also gave an example that a policeman terrorises a robber. So, for a robber a policeman is a terrorist. In this context, every Muslim should be a terrorist to the anti-social element,” Naik told PTI from Mecca.
Rubbishing Bangladeshi newspaper ‘Daily Star’ report that he inspired one of the Dhaka carnage perpetrators to go on a killing spree, Naik sought to put the blame on “other speakers” who misguide Muslims in the name of Islam.
“Regarding me being shocked that a Bangladeshi was inspired by me, I would say no I wasn’t shocked… I agree I do inspire people close to Islam but every fan may not follow everything what I say. Once a person comes close to Islam, there are possibilities he starts hearing other speakers,” he said.
“Today, as we are aware, there are some people who misguide Muslims and in the name of Islam, they encourage them to kill innocent people, which is totally against the Quran,” he added.
“I totally disagree that I inspired this act of killing innocent people. There is not a single talk of mine where I encouraged one to kill another, whether Muslim or non-Muslim,” Naik said.