Banned Islamic preacher Zakir Naik
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Doha: The invitation of fugitive Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to Qatar for the opening ceremony of the football World Cup has raised several eyebrows as he had previously stated that football is ‘haram’ in Islam.
In a purported old viral video of Naik, he can be heard saying, “Football as a profession is haram in Islam.”
Football is ‘haram’(prohibited) in Islam as per Zakir Naik who is invited by Qatar at World Cup t.co/ghiuV97oEJ
— ANI (@ANI) Nov 22, 2022
Zakir Naik has been invited to the World Cup for giving religious lectures throughout the tournament, Al Arabiya News reported.
Faisal Alhajri, a presenter at the Qatari state-owned sports channel Alkass said on Twitter, “Preacher Sheikh Zakir Naik is present in Qatar during the World Cup and will give many religious lectures throughout the tournament.”
الداعيه الشيخ ذاكر نايك يتواجد في قطر خلال فترة كأس العالم وسيقدم العديد من المحاضرات الدينية طوال المونديال 👏🏻… t.co/luW7WgpUaz
— ANI (@ANI) Nov 19, 2022
The FIFA World Cup kicked off in Qatar on Sunday at the Al Bayt Stadium, roughly 35 kilometres from Doha. According to Alhajri, Naik, who is wanted by the Indian authorities, will offer numerous religious lectures throughout the event. Earlier in March, the Home Ministry designated Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) an unlawful group and barred it from operating for five years.
According to the MHA notification, Zakir Naik’s remarks were unacceptable as he extolled known terrorists. According to the notification, the IRF founder has also promoted forceful conversion of youth to Islam, justified suicide bombings, and posted unacceptable comments against Hindus, Hindu Gods, and other religions that are disparaging to other religions.