Mumbai, Aug 10: Conversions to Islam taking place at Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000, fanning religious sentiments and an extreme view about religion- this is how one can sum up the 72 page report that the Maharashtra police have filed on Dr Zakir Naik.
The report that was prepared following interviews with various people and also questioning of some accused, has led the police to state that conversions to Islam would attract money of Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000
OneIndia had reported on July 26, 2016 that the Islamic Research Foundation run by Naik would pay Rs 50,000 for conversions to Islam (Did Zakir Naik's aides pay Rs 50,000 for every conversion?). Investigations had shown that people were lured with money to convert to Islam. Some were paid Rs 25,000 while the rest were given Rs 50,000.
Money for conversions
The police have not been able to spell out why there was a disparity in the amount that was paid for conversions. However, officials say that the person who was capable of bringing in more people for conversion to Islam would be paid a higher sum.
When one Ebin Jacob from Kerala had complained that Zakir Naik's aid Arshi Qureshi had converted his sister from Christianity to Islam, the police probed into this in-depth. It was found that Qureshi now arrested by the Kerala police had paid Ebin's sister, Merrin to convert to Islam.
Further the marriage bureau run by Naik's associates was also under the police scanner. The police suspect that the bureau was just a front to run a conversion racket.
According to the report of the Maharashtra police, Naik had extreme views about religion. Once his audience gets attracted to him, he justifies terror calling it as Jihad. He has exceptional oratory skills which attracts many towards him, the police report also states.
Naik openly condemns terrorism. However, he has a knack of saying the obvious without actually saying it. For instance if he is asked about Osama Bin Laden, he would say he is the one who is fighting America the biggest terrorist.
He states that Islam condemns killing of innocent people, but on the other he justifies violence in the name of Jihad.