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Zakir Naik named Islamic Personality of the Year

Mumbai-based doctor replaces Shaikh Ahmad Al Tayyeb of Egypt as Islamic Personality of the year

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Indian Islamic preacherDr Zakir Naik speaks about 'Religion in the right perspective'at the 9th Ramadan Forum.

Dubai: The Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) has named Dr. Zakir Naik of India as the Islamic Personality of the Year for 2013, replacing Shaikh Ahmad Al Tayyeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar, who was earlier named by DIHQA.

The decision was announced by Ebrahim Bumilha, Chairman of DIHQA's organising committee, on Monday.

Bumilha said that the decision was taken due to Shaikh Al Tayyeb's inability to travel because of the worsening security situation in Egypt.

"Shaikh Al Tayyeb is unable to travel due to the situation in Egypt, which is very sensitive. Compelled by the situation the organising committee has made a decision to name Dr. Zakir Naik, renowned Islamic scholar and preacher as the Islamic Personality for the 17th session," Bumilha said.

Mumbai-based Dr. Naik is a medical doctor but has made a name as a dynamic orator on Islam and Comparative religion.

Dr. Naik has held hundreds of lectures and debates around the world, several of them in Dubai, and is popular for critical analysis and scientific explanations of religious subjects.

The 48-year-old scholar, who is a disciple of the late South African Islamic scholar Ahmad Deedat, has also authored several best-selling Islamic books.



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As far as my concern Zakir Naik should not accept this award as this award giving to him as a replacment becuase of Shaikh Al Tayyeb is unable to travel due to the situaiton in Egypt. This award didn't given at first place, so.


29 July 2013 15:55jump to comments