Zakir Naik and his organisation, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) to be banned soon

By Timesheadline Writer

According to several latest media reports, Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) conceived and run by the controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik is going to be banned under the anti-terror law, with the Home Ministry preparing a draft cabinet note for it.

Naik, regarded as a popular scholar of comparative religion, is accused by the Indian government of radicalising youths into terror and receiving foreign funds and spending those to lure young people into terrorism.

Naik’s IRF will be declared an ‘unlawful association’ under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act after investigations by the Home Ministry found it to be allegedly having dubious links with Peace TV, an international Islamic channel, accused of propagating terrorism, an official source said.

Islamic Research Foundation
According to the draft note, which is also based on the inputs from Maharashtra Police, Naik, who heads the IRF, has allegedly made many provocative speeches and engaged in terror propaganda.

Maharashtra Police has also registered criminal cases against Naik for his alleged involvement in radicalisation of youths and luring them into terror activities, a source said.

Two educational trusts run by Naik have also come under the scanner of the Home Ministry and agencies are looking into their activities.

The draft note will soon be placed before the Union Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for its approval, sources said.

Naik in a lecture, aired on Peace TV, had reportedly “urged all Muslims to be terrorists” against injustice and criminals in society. In the same sentence he always maintained that killing an innocent is same as killing an entire humanity.

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