Bangladesh on Wednesday asked India to examine the speeches of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik after reports that his ‘hate speech’ inspired one of the five Bangladeshi terrorists, who hacked to death 20 people at an upscale cafe in Dhaka’s diplomatic enclave last week.
“Already there are certain complaints from the Maulanas of Bangladesh that his (Naik) teachings are not in line with the Quranic teachings and Hadith,” information minister Hasanul Haq Inu said.
“How much Naik’s teachings influenced the terrorists that is to be investigated. We are investigating the whole matter,” he said.
Requesting the Indian government to examine the teachings of controversial preacher, Mr Inu said: “I also request the Indian government and information minister that they also examine the context of Dr Naik’s teachings.”
One of the Bangladeshi attackers, suspected to be Rohan Imtiaz – the son of a politician of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League – ran a propaganda on Facebook last year quoting 50-year-old Dr Naik, a Mumbai-based doctor and an Islamic televangelist, Bangladeshi newspaper ‘Daily Star’ reported.
Dr Naik, in his lecture aired on Peace TV, an international Islamic channel, had reportedly “urged all Muslims to be terrorists”.