PETALING JAYA: Controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik has condemned last week’s terror attack in Dhaka, stressing that Islam never condoned the killing of innocent people.
Zakir, who has come under the spotlight following media reports that two of the gunmen responsible for the attack that killed 20 were followers of his, also launched a campaign called #CallThemAntiIslamicState.
“The Quran, Islam and I condemn the terrorist attack which claimed innocent lives,” the Salafist preacher said in a video uploaded on his Facebook page.
The clip has since garnered over 200,000 views.
Following the deadly attack last Friday, which terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS) later claimed responsibility for, both India and Bangladesh began probing the controversial preacher.
Muslim clerics from the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, meanwhile, want the popular preacher arrested, with a blanket ban on his TV network Peace TV.
Zakir’s detractors take issue with a video clip which featured him stating that all Muslims should be terrorists.
Yesterday however the Mumbai-born preacher clarified that he only urged Muslims to terrorise evil doers.