Muslim scholars demand ban on Dr Zakir Naik's speeches

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Mumbai, Nov 8 (UNI) The Sunni Islamic scholars today demanded a ban on noted Islamic scholar, Dr Zakir Naik, delivering speeches and to cancel a permission to hold an Islamic conference here for allegedly hurting the sentiments of the community while delivering an anti- Islam speech.

Addressing a press conference here, Raza Academy secretary Saeed Noori said a delegation of the Islamic scholars yesterday met the deputy chief minister R R Patil, who assured them that the government would take an action after seeking a report from the police department, but if no action is taken, then we will protest in a democratic way, he informed.

Maulana Sayed Moin Ashraf (president of Jamia Kadriya), while terming a recent TV interview by Dr Naik as ''highly objectionable'', said it had hurt the religious feelings of crores of Muslims in the country and abroad.

He said government should immediately impose a ban on Dr Naik from delivering speeches, as done by Uttar Pradesh goverment.

The UP government had barred him from giving any provocative speech.

Meanwhile, Mufti Mohamed Ashraf Kadri, an Islamic scholar, today issued a 'fatwa' against the select speeches of Dr Naik and demanded strict action against him.

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