Avoid Listening to Zakir Naik: Deoband’s Fatwa From 2007
Darul Uloom Deoband, India’s premier seminary for Islamic studies, had issued a fatwa in 2007 against the controversial Islamic preacher, Zakir Naik, calling him a “ghair muqqalid.” ( one who does not follow any of the four Sunni Imams—Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Hambul, Imam Shafi and Imam Malik)
It advised members of the Muslim community to refrain from listening to him, reports The Times of India.
The fatwa posted on Darul Uloom’s fatwa department’s website, Darul Ifta read:
A group of secular activists also plan to hold a protest meet on 13 July where objectionable parts from his sermons and speeches will be shown to the media.
Given mounting pressure from all corners, reports suggest that Naik, who is on a Umrah (mini-Haj) might postpone his 11 July return to Mumbai, though the preacher’s spokesperson has denied such claims.