Zakir Naik and the delegation of sisters from Leicester

Salaam alaikum

It has reached us at Asalafiya in Leicester that a planned delagation of sisters from Leicester are about to embark upon a visit to listen to Zakir Naik at his upcoming event in Birmingham on the 27th of June 2010. So for those sisters who profess to following the Quran and the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam upon the way of his Companions it seems odd that a trip of this kind is being planned. In fact it is likely that these sisters are sincere and may be trying to seek the true Islam but need to know who to take knowledge from. So we at Asalafiya in Leicester felt it was incumbent upon us as a form of enjoining the good and forbidding the evil and also as a sincere advice to our sisters in Leicester to bring to the attention the following videos from the people of knowledge exposing some of the serious mistakes of Zakir Naik. By doing so this will clarify to the viewer that Zakir Naik is not from the the people of knowledge and to clarify the truth from the falsehood is from the way of the Salaf, as is the warning by the people of knowledge against individuals who have major mistakes in understanding the very foundation of our deen, which is Tawheed (See some of our other posts on Tawheed here.

Please listen/ watch the clips below;

Another issue related to this planned trip is that a coach will be hired travel to Birmingham and sisters will apparently travel without muharim (a husband or any mature male relative who it is permanently impermissible for a Muslim women to marry e.g son, brother, father in law).

If it is that sisters are claiming that they don’t need a Mahram to travel to Birmingham because the people of Leicester do not consider a journey to Birmingham as travelling, (i.e it is not from their custom (urf) to consider this journey as traveling then we would like to pose the question to the Muslims of Leicester;’Is the distance to Birmingham according the the custom (Urf) of the of Muslim’s in Leicester considered a travel or not?’

Wa Allahu A’llam.

The city of Birmingham is approximately 45 miles from Leicester and takes approximately one hours journey time by car and entails clearly leaving the boundaries of the city Leicester and the county.

So we advise our sisters to abandon this trip to listen to Zakir Naik so as to preserve their deen, as he is not one who knowledge should be sought from, and to remind our sisters of the general ruling taken from the hadith that it is not permissable for a Muslim Woman to travel without a mahram.

 ‘A woman is not to travel except with a mahram’; Transmitted by al-Bukhaaree – No.1862 and Muslim – No.1339]; and its authenticity is agreed upon (by both al-Bukhaaree and Muslim).

Wa allahu A’llam

Jafar ibn Ruel & Umm Summayah bint Carol

  1. Mohammed
    June 18, 2010 at 23:07

    Assalaamu Alaykum,

    In the first video, Shaykh Ahmed Deedat is described as “misguided” and a “dawoodi bohra” who supports the raafidah. However, there is an article in refutation to rumours and accusations made against the Shaykh on Islam QA ref: 91658, and I wonder whether these other claims made above are also false:

    If there is doubt about Zakir Naik and others, the best thing would be to clarify the matter directly with him. Otherwise we risk spreading information that may not be true, especially considering that we have never seen any support for the raafidah and so on from him.

    And Allaah (swt) knows best.

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