I felt very sad after watching the video of Zakir Naik praising Yazid. In a response to the tragedy of Karbala, he concludes Karbala to be a mere political war and addresses Yazid as “Yazid [May Allah be pleased with him].” I got the news earlier but waited to see the video myself before arriving at any conclusion. I used to admire Mr Naik but after this episode I really wonder whether he has any clue about the history of Islam and why Karbala happened.
I strongly condemn Mr Naik for his words and demand an apology from him!
I also need to ask Mr Naik one question-
“Hasan and Husayn are the masters of the youth of Paradise and Fatimah is the master of their women.” Does this authentic hadith means that the Prophet [PBUH] would bestow this honour on somebody who would fight a petty political war fully aware of what the future holds for him?
Here’s a link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXyJvBhqg4o
When questioned about his stand, he has this to say -
Naik, who returned from Haj on Wednesday, conveyed his reaction through his brother Mohammed Naik: “At the peace conference, while replying to a question, I neither condemned nor lauded Yazid. I did say ‘May Allah be pleased with him’ while mentioning Yazid. I can show the fatwas from seminaries like Darul Uloom Deoband supporting my stand.”
Weblink: Times of India
This ‘fatwa’ part of the statement really amuses me. I always thought of Mr Naik as a Islamic scholar of repute. What importance do these so called fatwas hold when the Qur’an clearly says:
“If a man kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell, to abide therein (For ever): And the wrath and the curse of Allah are upon him, and a dreadful penalty is prepared for him.”—Surah Nisa (Chapter 4), Verse 93
And I thought Mr Naik knows the Qur’an by heart.