An Islamist preacher has been banned from entering the UK this week for
statements he made which have been deemed as “unacceptable behavior” by the
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Home Secretary Teresa May banned Indian television preacher
Zakir Naik, 44, for attacks on the West, glorification of terror and religious
His controversial comments have even been denounced by
Naik has accused former US president George W. Bush of
being behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks and said that he was “with”
Laden over the attacks on “terrorist America.”
He was also been quoted as
saying that “every Muslim should be a terrorist” and that “people who
their religion should face the death penalty.”
“I have excluded Dr. Naik
from the UK. Numerous comments made by Dr.
Naik are evidence to me of his
unacceptable behavior,” the home secretary said on Friday.
Naik had been
scheduled to speak at lectures in London and Sheffield. The previous
government had allowed the Islamist preacher permission to visit.
his visit to Britain was condemned by Conservative MP David Davies, who
described him as a “hatemonger.”
Davies stated that Naik’s views did not
deserve a “public platform” and called for his appearance at a
conference in the
UK to be cancelled.
Kafeel Ahmed, one of the terrorists who fire-bombed
Glasgow Airport in 2007, was believed to have tried to get the preacher
at one of his group’s meetings.
The home secretary can deport or stop
people entering the UK if it is deemed that there is a threat to
security, public order or the safety of citizens. This includes banning
if she believes their views glorify terrorism, promote violence or
other serious crime.
“Coming to the UK is a privilege not a right and I
am not willing to allow those who might not be conducive to the public
enter the UK,” May said. “Exclusion powers are very serious and no
taken lightly or as a method of stopping open debate on issues.”
encouraging that the government has acted quickly to ban Naik from
UK,” said Robin Simcox, research fellow at the Londonbased think tank
Social Cohesion. “He holds extreme views and is an apologist for
“The more worrying issue, however, is that there are those in
this country that want to listen to Naik’s bigoted and ill-informed
the first place,” Simcox said.
Based in Mumbai, Naik works for the Peace
TV channel. The channel’s Web site describes him as “a medical doctor by
professional training... and a dynamic international orator on Islam and
“Dr. Naik clarifies Islamic viewpoints and clears
misconceptions about Islam using the Koran,” the Web site states.
spokesman for Naik said it was “deeply regrettable” the UK government
to pressure from certain groups” to exclude him.
Naik is the first person
to be excluded from the UK since May became home secretary after last
general election. It follows a pre-election promise by the Conservative
oppose radical Islam and ban dangerous preachers from Britain.
some British-based Islamist preachers are speaking at an event in
Sunday described by the organizers as “the most comprehensive Islamic
Al Hikma Media’s one-day event, titled “United Muslims’
Convention 2010,” has two UK-based clerics speaking, Riyadh ul-Haq and
Haq has allegedly shown support for the Taliban, stating in 2000
that they are “the only group of people upon the earth who are
Sharia and the law of Allah.”
Asking what crime has the Afghani
government has committed, Haq said in 2001: “All they have done is they
refused to hand over Osama bin Laden whose guilt is yet to be
Because of that crime, the entire nation is being punished and as
a result, because they strive to represent Islam, the whole of Islam is
And as a result, Muslims all over the globe are being
With reference to Israel in an article in The
Times in September 2007, Haq called for Muslims to “be willing to
anything that may be required of us.”
Claiming that al-Aqsa Mosque in
Jerusalem must be liberated, he said “we are willing to die in the
that when called upon, “we will consider it an honor and a privilege to
He stated that Allah has promised that Islam will “prevail over
all other religions, even though the disbelievers may dislike
According to the Times article, Haq has also made anti-Semitic
statements, warning against integration and labelling the culture of
“Allah has warned us in the Koran, do not befriend the kuffar
[unbelievers], do not align yourselves with the kuffar,” he
“They’re all the same. The Jews don’t have to be in Israel to be
like this. It doesn’t matter whether they’re in New York, Houston, St.
London, Birmingham, Bradford, Manchester.
They’re all the same. They’ve
monopolized everything: the Holocaust, God, money, interest, usury, the
economy, the media, political institutions… they monopolized tyranny and
oppression as well and injustice.”
Speaking at a Viva Palestina reunion
in Birmingham last year, Zahir Mahmood said: “By Allah, history will
[anti-Israel activist] George [Galloway] as a hero. And the other thing
we cannot allow the perverted narrative to remain the norm.
Hamas are not
terrorists. They’re freedom fighters, they’re defending their
“Praise to God, [Hamas leader] Ismail Haniyeh , the prime
minister of Palestine, has given all those who went on the convoy
passports. We are Palestinian nationals!”