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 preacher Dr Zakir Naik speaks about 'Religion in the right perspective' at the 9th Ramadan Forum.
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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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  • Arif

    29-Jul-2013 15:34

    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.

  • Mohammed Sadiq Sheriff Noor

    29-Jul-2013 15:26

    May Allah accept their efforts in promoting Peace through Knowledge and May Allah increase us all in Knowledge. Ameen

  • Haseeb

    29-Jul-2013 15:24

    I would say one of the best choice.

  • Mohammed Fasih

    29-Jul-2013 15:22

    Good call from DIHQA, Dr. Zakir Naik deserves to be Personality of the year. It is high time that Islamic leaders of non Arab background get global recognition. Muslim community must not forget there is a much bigger (than Arab) Muslim population in India, Asia and Far East. Lets not forget millions of people embraced Islam in Indonesia or Malaysia or Myammar or Assam in India... who are continuously ignored by us.

  • Javeed

    29-Jul-2013 14:32

    Great !!! I congratulate Dr Zakir for his Immense knowledge and his Achievments.

  • Muhammad Abu Bakr

    29-Jul-2013 13:52

    Congratulations to Dr. Zakir a. Naik. The noble work that you have been Doing qualified you for this prestigious award. May allah bless you with Good health and strength to enable you to continue with bold duty at our Current difficult time.

  • Abu Basim Khan

    29-Jul-2013 13:44

    Congratulation for selection Islamic Personality of the Year.Dr.Zakir Naik is one of the best islamic scholor in the world.Many Christians.Hindus and Athiests has become muslim listening to his Talk.

  • Angel

    29-Jul-2013 11:55

    It is good to know this news as Dr Zakir Naik is a good orator but definitely his approach of comparative religion is not what our Prophet ever preached. Our Prophet (PBUH) never compared any religion and degraded any religion. He presented only Islam.

  • S. Rafeeque Ahmed

    29-Jul-2013 10:28

    He is a man of Peace and clears the misconception, misunderstanding among us. Well Done Mr. Ebrahim Bumilha, Chairman of DIHQA's organizing committee. He is suitable for that award 100%

  • ABIDEEN

    29-Jul-2013 10:08

    ZAKIR NAIK AND AHMED DEEDTAT ARE 2 GREAT PERSONALITIES. THEY HAVE WORKED VERY SINCERELY FOR ISLAM. MAY ALLAH RAISE THEIR RANK. WHILE THE WHOLE WORLD IS CONSPIRING AGAINST ISLAM. THESE PEOPLE SPREAD THE TRUE FACE OF ISLAM.

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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.

Arif

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