KUALA LUMPUR: The combative style of propagating Islam, which puts down other beliefs, as practised by Dr Zakir Naik (pic), is not suitable for Malaysia said Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa.
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of religious affairs hit out at the controversial preacher from India who has a penchant for insulting other religions.
Zakir has sought refuge in Malaysia amid an investigation for fostering terrorism by authorities in his home country.
“We don’t want a debate that ridicules others. We need a more intellectual and composed method of Islamic propagation without the need to ridicule other religions,” he was reported as saying on Free Malaysia Today in his speech to launch a seminar today on Islam and the challenges in a multiracial society.
Various groups previously have condemned Dr Zakir’s sermons, which they have labelled as extremist and disrespectful of other religions.
They have also pointed out that he is wanted by the authorities in his homeland of India due to allegations involving terrorism and financial irregularities.
The 52-year-old televangelist, who was close to leaders of the previous Barisan Nasional government and was granted Malaysian permanent resident status, is fighting attempts to have him deported back to India.
Dr Mujahid said he was also responsible for defending the rights of other religions.
He said Islamic missionary work in the past was successful because it did not attack other beliefs.
“When has Islam been spread by insulting other religions? If Islam is compassionate, there is no need for insults,” he added.