Notorious as Hate preacher, Zakir Naik, who faces multiple cases of money laundering and hate speech in India, has been invited by Qatar to deliver lectures preaching Islam ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022.
India banned Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation in April this year, accusing him of encouraging and assisting its followers in promoting or attempting to promote feelings of hatred, enmity, or ill-will between different religious communities and groups.
One of the charges levelled against Naik by Indian agencies is that he was involved in forceful conversions. A chargesheet was also filed against him for converting people of other religions to Islam.
The preacher has been living in exile in Malaysia since 2017, as a runaway fugitive, after the Government of India pressed charges against him over money laundering.
Even though he has permanent residency in Malaysia, Naik was banned from giving speeches in the country in 2020 in the interests of “national security”.
Naik had been charged with making inflammatory speeches and questioned by local police over his intent to provoke a breach in peace by making remarks about Hindu and Chinese communities living in the Muslim-majority nation.