Zakir Naik influenced Dhaka attackers – PTI

Zakir Naik

Sword of Jihad & MayhemSaudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz presenting Zakir Naik, president of the Islamic Research Foundation in India, with the 2015 King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam in Riyadh. Naik was honoured for being one of the most renowned non-Arabic speaking promoters of Wahhabi Islam and abusers of Hindus and Hinduism. He also received a large cheque from the king. See Saudi funded Rs 1,700 crore for Wahhabi influence in India – Editor

Two of the five Bangladeshi militants who hacked to death 20 people at a restaurant in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone used to follow three controversial Islamists, including Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. Militant Rohan Imtiaz, son of an Awami League leader, propagated on Facebook last year quoting Peace TV’s controversial preacher Naik “urging all Muslims to be terrorists”, The Daily Star reported.

Naik, a popular but controversial Islamic orator and founder of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, is banned in UK and Canada for his hate speech aimed against other religions. He is among 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia. He is wildly popular in Bangladesh through his Peace TV although his preaching often demeans other religions and even other Muslim sects, the report said.

Another Dhaka attacker Nibras Islam, 22, used to follow two alleged suspected recruiters of Islamic State—Anjem Choudary and Shami Witness—on Twitter in 2014. Shami Witness is the Twitter account of 24-year-old Mehdi Biswas, who is also facing trial in India for running propaganda for the Islamic State. He was arrested in December 2014 following an investigation into his Twitter account which was last active in August 2014.

Biswas was charged for operating the “single most influential pro-ISIS Twitter account”. 49-year-old Choudary, a Pakistan-origin British citizen is now facing trial in England for breaking the British anti-terrorism law. His twitter account became inactive from August 2015 after terror charges were brought against him.

Choudary allegedly told his supporters to travel to territory controlled by the “barbaric regime” in Syria and Iraq. “This means at least in the case Nibras and Rohan, they did not become radicalised overnight. They have been consuming radical materials for one to two years before finally disappearing in February-March and reappearing as ‘IS killers’ Friday night at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan,” the paper said.

From their pictures posted by the ISIS media and recirculated by the SITE Intelligence Group, it can be assumed that these young men received arms training after their disappearance specifically to carry out the mission on June 1.

“Their attire with IS logo in their backdrop, the automatic rifles held in their hands reveal they underwent an organised training which is far from anything amateurish. That the killers released some of the hostages 15 minutes before the army-led operation on Saturday morning also showed the depth of their brains being washed—that they were ready to die,” the paper added. – HuffPost, 6 July 2016

 

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  2. 4 Mumbai youths who wanted to join IS were ‘inspired’ by Naik – Pradeep Gupta – TOI – TNN – Jul 9, 2016

    Kalyan: Mumbai-based preacher Dr Zakir Naik, who is under the scanner after two of the Dhaka terrorists claimed he was an inspiration, seemed to have been followed by four youths from here who had run away to join the Islamic State.

    Of of them, Areeb Majeed, who returned last year and was arrested, is believed to have told interrogators of the National Investigation Agency that he was inspired to delve deeper into Islam after hearing Naik’s lectures. That ended in Majeed seeking out IS operatives on social media.

    Sleuths from Darbhanga in Bihar, where a module of the Indian Mujahideen was busted in 2010-11, claimed that many hard copies of Naik’s lectures were found in a library frequented by the members of the module, including founder-member Yasin Bhatkal.

  3. Govt may act against Mumbai-based Islamic preacher Zakir Naik followed by Dhaka attackers – Rajesh Ahuja – Hindustan Times – Updated: Jul 06, 2016

    The government seems to be preparing the ground to take action against TV evangelist Zakir Naik, who allegedly influenced a number of terrorists, including two of the six attackers who killed 20 people in an upscale café in Bangladesh capital Dhaka.

    Minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday said his speeches were a matter of concern and that security agencies are examining them.

    “As a minister, I cannot comment as to what kind of action will be taken under the law,” Rijiju told reporters in the national capital.

    On Tuesday, the minister said that India, so far, has not received any reference from Dhaka on Naik.

    Nabris Islam and Rohan Imtiaz, who attacked the Holey Artisan Café in Dhaka, were reportedly inspired by Naik, who runs Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), which he started in 1991.

    Naik was banned in the United Kingdom and Canada in 2010 and from addressing meetings in Allahabad, Kanpur and Lucknow in 2008 owing to his speeches.

    Ayaz Sultan, leader of the Islamic State (IS) module in Malwani, who reportedly sneaked out of the country to reach Syria, too, was influenced by Naik’s speeches. Sources in the intelligence bureau said Sultan started to garner radical views during his stint with the IRF.

    His controversial discourse also inspired Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan-American arrested in 2009 in the US to allegedly plan suicide attacks on New York subway; Kafeel Ahmed, the man from Bengaluru who failed to execute a suicide attack on Glasgow airport in 2007; and Rahul Shaikh, the accused in the 2006 train blasts in Mumbai.

    Darul Uloom Deoband, the Islamic seminary in Uttar Pradesh, issued a fatwa against Naik for his speeches.

    Senior police officers said counter-terrorism units have prepared a dossier on Naik that has the details of his bank accounts and the funds his organisation receive through zakat or tithe.

    Naik’s speeches are aired mainly on English TV channel, Peace TV, which he started in 2006. Naik launched Peace TV Urdu in 2009, Peace TV Bangla in April 2011, and plans to have the channel in 10 major languages across the world.

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