Is Islam the Solution for Humanity?
14 Jun 2011
Cosmology, Miracles / Ijaz
This a long but incomplete recording of a lecture that was presented live on Peace TV. Included here is a wide variety of scientific material that Zakir Naik states may be found in the Qurʾān. Naik suggests he is trying to counter-act media propaganda against Islam.
Topics discussed include the Big Bang, heliocentric versus geocentric representations of the universe, light from the Sun and the moon, the expanding universe, honey, blood circulation, the non-mixing of salt and fresh water. He also speaks about a variety of social issues, such as gender relations (and rape), and variation across religions.
This lecture was held at Somaiya Grounds in Mumbai, India in 2007.
The material on Islam is more prominent than that on science, in particular in the question and answer period. The material on Islam is within the bounds of what Muslims have historically understood as acceptable.
The science claims in this video are sometimes accurate and sometimes not. Generally the accurate claims are broad, such as the expansion of the universe, while the inaccurate claims are either outdates or refer to questions of health, such as the benefits of having a beard. Any scientific claims in this video should be verified with additional sources.
There are a few mistakes about dates in history, but the overall sweep is correct. Viewers referencing names and dates from this video should confirm them elsewhere.
About Zakir Naik
Dr. Zakir Naik is a Muslim preacher and international orator from India. He was born in Mumbai on October 18th, 1965 and studied medicine at Topiwala National Medical College and the University of Mumbai. He has a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS). In 1991 he turned away from practicing medicine to found the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), a non-profit charitable trust in Mumbai, whose operations were closed down by the Indian government in November 2016. The IRF serves to promote dawah, or the proselytization of Islam. He has additionally founded the Islamic International School, which is managed by the IRF, and is the founder and president of the Islamic educational television network Peace TV.
As a speaker Naik has achieved recognition and awards within India as well as internationally. He was honored with the 2013 Islamic Personality of the Year Award presented in Dubai. He has additionally been recognized twice by Indian news publication Indian Express as one of the “100 Most Influential People in India” and four times by George Washington University’s “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World,” most recently in 2014.
Naik’s subject matter, style and platform have all contributed to his prominence as a fairly well-known and fairly controversial preacher. Naik promotes a strict, literalist version of Islam, and is famous as a preacher for extensively quoting from the Qurʾān. He has been called an exponent of the Salafi ideology, although he himself does not use this label as he rejects any form of Islamic sectarianism. He has maintained that the only absolute authority is the Qurʾān itself, and has made a name for himself with his Qurʾānic knowledge and memory.
Naik also holds the dubious distinction of being the speaker on science and Islam most commonly spoofed. One may occasionally find videos using his name in the title in an effort to draw viewers, even if he does not appear in the video.
In July 2016, Naik was linked to bombers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and the Indian government began investigating him. The IRF in India has closed (including its web sites), and Naik has remained out of the country to avoid arrest. It has been reported that Naik has taken citizenship in Saudi Arabia. He continues to give lectures outside of India.
For a longer discussion of Naik, click here.
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