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"Racism is an evil I am staunchly against, as is the Quran", says Dr. Zakir Naik in recent video statement.

"Racism is an evil I am staunchly against, as is the Quran", says Dr. Zakir Naik in recent video statement. - Truth Arrived News

Malaysia:
 Controversy erupted in Malaysia due to Dr. Zakir Naik's series of talks in Kelantan. After the controversy he released a video statement clarifying the 'misunderstanding' people got after hearing some clips regarding Chinese and Hindus living in Malaysia.

Following is the full statement of Dr. Zakir Naik released in the video:

"I have always been a man of peace and that’s what the Quran stands for. It has been my mission to spread peace throughout the world. Unfortunately, I face detractors who prevent me from carrying out my mission. About 10 days ago, after my successful lecture tour to Kelantan, in which, in the last day, on 9th of August, I gave a talk on “Islamophobia” in the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium at Kota Bharu, in which more than 100,000 people attended the talk. This success could not be digested by the detractors. 

Since the last few days, I have been accused of causing racial discord in the country and my distractors have been quoting selective sentence of mine out of context and adding strange fabrications to it. 

I have clarified my stance today to the police. It, however, saddens me that this complete episode has caused many non-Muslims to think that I am a racist. It has worried me that those who were hurt have not heard my speech and have relied and based their impression on out-of-context quotes of mine. 

It is a further concern for me that this creates a bad image for Islam and it may drive many people away from Islam. Racism is an evil I am staunchly against, as is the Quran. And it is exactly opposite of what I stand for as an Islamic preacher. 

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said, in this farewell pilgrimage: “No Arab is superior to a non-Arab, neither is a non-Arab superior to an Arab. A white person is not superior to the black, neither is a black person superior to a white.” And Allah says in the Glorious Quran, in Surah Hujuraat, Chapter Number 49, Verse Number 13: “O humankind, we have created you from a single pair of male and female, and have divided you into nations and tribes so that you may recognize each other, not that you may despise each other, and the most honour in the sight of Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, is the peraon who has ‘taqwa’, i.e. God-consciousness, i.e. righteousness, i.e. piety. 

Even though I have clarified myself, I feel, I owe an apology to every one whose feeling were hurt because of this misunderstanding. I do not want anyone to harbour ill feeling for me. It was never my intention to upset any individual or any community, it is against the basic tenets of Islam. And, I would like to convey my heart-full apologies for this misunderstanding. At the same time it is my humble appeal to all of you, especially non-Muslims, please take out time to hear my speeches in the entirety. My lectures are available on the YouTube, the Peace TV, as well as on the Peace TV mobile app. 

Last, but not the least, I was deeply touched by the hundreds and thousands of people who stood in my support. I would like to express my earnest gratitude to all of you. Jazaakallahu khairan, may Allah reward you with the best."

Read in Hindi: "जातिवाद एक बुराई है जो मैं कट्टरता के खिलाफ हूं, जैसा कि कुरान है", डॉ। जाकिर नाइक

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