Mangaluru, Dec 30, 2015: The South Karnataka Salafi Movement (SKSM) has informed that the programme of Islamic scholar Dr. Zakir Naik which was scheduled to be held in the city on January 2, has been put off by two months as per the advice of State Home Minister Dr G Parameshwari. The SKSM which has deplored the week-long ban on the entry of Dr Naik to Mangaluru, has demanded that the ban order issued by City Police Commissioner be revoked.
Speaking to reporters here on December 30, Wednesday Ismail Shafi, Vice President of SKSM has described the ban on Dr Zakir Naik’s programme as a violation of the Constitutional right of freedom of religion of the Muslim Community. Also describing it as tantamount to disrespecting Islam, Shafi said the Dr Zakir Naik was scheduled to address a peace meet on January 2.
On the postponement of the programme, Shafi said a delegation of the SKSM had met the Home Minister in Bengaluru on December 28 when the Minister made a request to put off the programme. Even DK District in-charge Minister was present, he added.
On allegations that Dr Zakir Naik would have delivered provocative speech if he was permitted in Mangaluru, Shafi said "Dr Naik is a scholar who is well versed with holy books of not only Islam, but also Hinduism and Christianity." "He has been awarded by several nations including Malaysia, Saudi Arabia dn Dubai and he tries to promote harmony between different religions through clear analysis of religious books,"Shafi added.
Taking exception to what he termed the false complaints filed against Dr Zakir Naik, Shafi said miscreants had used morphed videos of his speeches to lodge the complaint. "Dr Naik never received a court notice or arrest warrant," he said.
On Britain barring entry of Zakir Naik, he said it was a temporary ban and also referred to the case of Prime Minister Modi who prior to becoming the Prime Minister was not allowed to visit US.
SKSM Secretary Basheer Ahmed Shalimar, Reception Committee Convenor T M Haneef Chokkabettu were also present.