Muslims for Secularism and Democracy, a group opposed to preacher Dr. Zakir Naik's views on comparative religion, has called him a hypocrite and his logic warped, before asking Muslims to "expose" him.
The group held a press conference at the Marathi Patrakar Sangh an hour after a meeting was held by another group in the support of Naik. They showed nine clips wherein Naik was "spreading bias" against other religions, if not "contempt and hate".
Also, it asked a section of the media to stop the witch-hunt against Naik and let the inquiring agencies do their work.
"Naik is no messenger of peace, and he is just not propagating peace. He is dispersing bias, if not contempt and hates for other faiths," said Javed Anand. Is an 18-20-year old supposed to interpret him? He hasn't said anything openly against Osama. Youth is being irresponsibly got by him at crossroads, which is a thing that is dangerous. He's peddling gateway drug to terror."
"He is insulting other religions. Tomorrow he can say 'usually do not say Mubarak during Diwali and other festivals.' Chopping of hands has been prohibited in Islamic states, and he likely will not understand what exactly is happening there. He has still not clearly said that Osama was a terrorist, when the same had been said by everyone on earth. Saying that worship positions of other faiths should not be there, he is nothing but a hypocrite," said Feroze Mithiborewala.
"It pains me to see that some Muslims are supporting him," said Engineer. "In fact, among the first verses of Quran have come from music. His comprehension of Islam can never be accepted," said Zeenat.
On Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that "preachers of hate' were a menace to society, Anand said, "I agree with him. But like Naik, you can find others for example Sadhvi Pragya and numerous ministers in his cabinet, who should be brought to publication."