Zakir Naik invites Pope Benedict XVI for open interfaith
dialogue, Muslim Scholar Seeks Debate With the Pope -
Friday, 27 October 2006
Eminent world's Famous scholar of comparative religion Dr. Zakir Naik
invited Pope Benedict XVI for an open inter-faith dialogue.
The Pope`s recent statement, which included a quote from a 14th
Byzantine emperor, sparked outrage in the Muslim world. In his latest
efforts to calm down the Muslim anger the Pope invited diplomats from
20 Islamic countries at his summer residence in south of
This extraordinary gathering was seen as the latest effort by
to quell the furor stirred two weeks ago by controversial remarks he
about Islam. He is attempting to channel the emotion into what he
authentic and respectful dialogue.
Dr. Naik sees the Pope`s statement on Islam as pre-planned. "He
knew very well what he was speaking at University of Regensburg in
on September 22," he said.
"The Pope`s apology to the Muslims was at all not an apology
rather it was
putting salt on the wounds," said Dr. Naik, adding that the Pope
have explicitly apologized and retracted his statement.
Benedict XVI seems to be toeing the same line of neo-con as that of
President George Bush, he said.
Dr. Naik said if the Pope wants to initiate an authentic dialogue then
is more than willing to participate in such an inter-faith debate.
"I am more than willing to participate in the inter-faith
Pope Benedict XVI. I am ready on any topic he (the Pope) wishes as
it focuses on Quran and the Bible," Dr. Naik said. He said he can
Rome or Vatican to meet the Pope.
"I can go to Rome and to Vatican on my own expense if an Italian
arranged for me," he told ONLINE after delivering his lecture on
common questions about misconceptions of Islam," organized by Sri
Embassy in Riyadh , attended by a number of ambassadors, diplomatic
and members of the Sri Lankan community.
Dr. Zakir Naik during the past three years has delivered over 600
in the US and Canada . "I am absolutely ready for an open and
debate with the pope under live international TV coverage," he
Let the 1.3 billion Muslims and 2 billion Christians around the world
listen to the debate based on equal slot of time allotted to both
he said. "It is not only a debate but also a question and answer
allowing the people to ask queries," he said. He said he is not
of closed-door meeting with the Pope, as was suggested by his
Pope John Paul II, when South African-based Islamic scholar Ahmed
invited him for open dialogue, he said.
"Pope John Paul told Shaikh A. Deedat to come to his
cabin for a debate," he said and added why does the inter-faith
be held behind closed doors? Dr.Zakir Naik said the best way to
the onslaught on Islam is that the Muslims should have their own
"Unfortunately, most of the international media is controlled by
Western (lobby). Unless you (Muslims) have your own media they
(Westerner's) can very conveniently convert black into white, day into
night, a hero into a villain and a villain into a hero," he said.
Dr.Zakir Naik, who has launched his own religious satellite channel
"Peace TV", said Muslims do have their own media but what he
international media is similar to the Time and Newsweek and TV
such as the BBC and CNN, when Muslims can project their views and
convey the message in right perspective.
"I have a future plan to launch a news channel," he said. He
are at least 100 Muslims that he knew, who can take such an initiative
launch at least 10 satellite channels.
People should not wait for Muslims organizations such as IIRA or OIC
take steps in this direction, he said.
"Any individual businessman can take the initiative if Muslim
as OIC or IIRA are not coming forward in this direction," he
Dr.Zakir Naik has also endorsed former Malaysian prime minister
Muhamamd`s views that the Muslims should stop to operate US
dollar-denominated bank accounts. "I have been preaching (that)
should stop dealing in dollar," he said. He also called on the
world to launch an Islamic
currency to counter dealing in dollar.
Muslim countries should not peg their currencies to the dollar.
time the individuals and businessmen should stop dealing in
said. He said he has been mobilizing the people wherever he goes
them not to keep dollar accounts or even the currency.
The moment you exchange dollars you simply convert that amount with
currency such as riyal, dirham, dinar or be it yen or euro "but
keep in dollar-denomination account," he said.
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