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Zakir Naik, born in Mumbai, India. He obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) at the university of Mumbai.
He is famously known for his photographic memory and style in relating Quranic Ayah and hadith.
In 1991 he started working in the field of Dawah, and founded the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF). Naik founded the Islamic International School in Mumbai and United Islamic Aid, which provides scholarship to poor and destitute Muslim youth. He is also a board member and adviser of iERA. He is also the driving force behind Peace TV Network. The Indian government banned the Peace TV channel in 2012.
In 2016, during a press conference Naik claimed himself to be a non-resident Indian (NRI) and Naik was granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia. Then in 2017, India revoked Naik’s passport.
Current Occupation: Islamic scholar
Education: MBBS, Islamic Studies
Preferred Subject: Comparative Religion, Dawah
- Naik’s wife, Farhat Naik, works for the women’s section of the Islamic Research foundation (IRF).
- Naik said in 2006 that he was inspired by Ahmed Deedat, an Islamic preacher whom he met in 1987.
- Naik was ranked 89 on The Indian Express’s list of the “100 Most Powerful Indians in 2010”.
- Naik has said that “despite the strident anti- Islam campaign, 34,000 Americans have embraced Islam from September 2001 to July 2002”. He says Islam is a religion of reason and logic, and that the Quran contains 1000 verses relating to science.