Zakir Naik Talk Show on NDTV – A Post Mortem

March 12, 2010 at 3:59 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

I found this rather interesting take of the issues which concerned my previous blog entry posted here. The views expressed are not mine and is the sole property of the blog from which this was borrowed.


The moment i heard Dr. Zakir Naik is taking part in the NDTV talk show “we the people”, I made myself available to see how this time Barkha dutt is going to sideline the arguments of a renounced personality. Well i forgot that there is a level of dishonesty from her side using which she can sideline just anyone. As expected, he was not given enough chance to speak and the focus was completely on Shahrukh khan of Bollywood. Not just that, second person who got the chance to speak more was Karan Johar!

Anyways, Here is my little analysis:

Let’s begin from the right side of the screen.

Kabir khan: This fellow seems to be a result of too much pestering by his parents on following Islam, without actually having explained to him why he is required to follow it. Guess he never knew why and what Islam is all about. He appears to be apologetic and wants to run away from real Islam! He was actively using the word “moderate Muslims”, referring to himself and people alike. But the moment Dr. Zakir Naik said that there is nothing called liberal,moderate, or extremists Muslims and instead there is only practicing or non practicing Muslims, this guy changes his word and retracts suddenly saying “the so-called Muslims”. He knew he cannot speak Garbage about Islam in front of Dr Naik or Moulana Madani.

Moulana Mahmoud Madani: I found him quite an interesting person with proper intelligence in handling such situations. He too, like Zakir Naik, got very less time to respond. So he did not go for any explanations and simply used humor and pushed the ball to others. However, he did raise good question on stereotyping a Muslim with a beard as against Non bearded Muslim.

Alyque Padamsee:
This person renounced religion and is, correct me if i am wrong, an atheist. But he does speak a lot in favor of Islamic scholars who actively denounce killing of innocents. He also appreciated the stance taken by scholars in denouncing terrorism. Since this guy doesn’t believe in any religion, he has nothing to lose! (Ahem! I mean in this show

Karan Johar: Being a Non Muslim, he did proper analysis and was sincere and fair in his statements. He did raise fingers on those educated people who try to take anti-Muslim stance. He also stated that the reason he took up the project of making films depicting Islam to be opposite of what is portrayed by western media is because of an incident where 6 Non Muslim educated graduates were talking crap and wrong about Islam and that he wanted to correct this ideology which might be amongst millions of people around the world after watching western media. He also frankly spoke about the Hijab problems, the restriction of personal freedom, the issue of personal choice and about attaching religion to evil acts. In reality, he spoke better on behalf of Islam than the Ghalib fan, Najib Jung!

Shahrukh Khan: He is far superior to all others sitting in on the center stage in handling such Media based dialogues that requires special skills of answering in just one or two sentences. Although in his initial days, he used to openly comment that he isn’t interested in faith etc, it is quite interesting to see his stance on Islam lately. I guess when a person begins to be pushed about his religion, he does realize its importance. Shahrukh has been speaking about him being Muslim and how proud he is to follow Islam in many of his talks lately. His latest film “My name is khan” also tries to picture the same. Although not entirely correct in his statements, he emphasizes on feeling Islam than following it. However, he also adds that he is a bad follower of Islam and that his film acting is against Islamic rules. Agreeing to this fact shows that there is some amount of sincerity in him depending on his knowledge about Islam. He also said that Islamic scholars are very important for true understanding of Islam. All in all, the guy did improve his stance on Islam since his last talk. I should say Kudos to him for accepting that film acting career is haraam in Islam.

This shows how Allah makes his deen shine even through the Non practicing Muslims.

Soha Ali khan: This lady had no clue why she was sitting there. Looks like she owed to NDTV or else why would NDTV punish her by making her sit in the show? This woman has no idea what Islam is nor does she know what faith is. She says her religion is a personal matter with God. Gosh! such a pathetic argument of the past. It’s no use talking about her role in the show.

Dr. Zakir Naik: He needs to understand that such shows are meant to just punch each others argument with a single liner. One cannot try to explain big concepts in just few seconds. Although his statements were bold, huge and true; too much of noise pollution sidelined them to some extent. To top this, Burkha dutt as expected did not give fair time to Dr Zakir naik. This was clearly evident.

But hold on, that’s Zakir naik ! He just doesn’t walk away without really sparking a thought process in people’s mind irrespective of how much time he is given. And as i thought, he did the same. If you carefully observe his statements, they tickled the brain of the viewers who would later go and check its authenticity. He knew there were millions of people watching the show (including viewers who don’t watch Peace TV) and he took this as a golden opportunity to ignite the spark of re-investigating the 911 attack, which was the origin of this entire concept of Terrorism and Muslims getting stereotyped.

He cleared informed there were 75  DVDs released of top American analysts and professors who proved that 911 was inside job. He also quoted two site names before Burkha Dutt cut him off. He quoted (and one more site name which slipped my mind). People would surely go back and check these and hence find out the truth for themselves. So even though time given to him was not fair, he completed his job. He made the following punching lines:

  • There is nothing called moderate or liberal Muslim. There is only Practicing Muslim, Partially practicing Muslim and Non Practicing Muslim.
  • It is a duty of a Muslim to tell others about the truth of Islam.
  • Blaming Osama bin laden or Taliban to be Terrorists based on CNN and BBC versions is wrong and unfair. It is important to give fair hearing to such allegations and check the truth before blaming someone to be terrorists. The videos shown are nothing but morphed which generally Media is good at.
  • 911 was an inside job and cannot be performed by Arabs.
  • Physical appearance (beard, cap etc) do not come under 70 major sins of Islam. So there are more important things over and above the physical appearance in Islam. But to follow complete Islam, physical look is important.

These statements were more than enough to make people think twice about their stance. Shahrukh himself was carefully listening to these arguments and looked impressed. (That’s my observation, maybe i am wrong ).

Also he boldly spoke out the truth, without fearing anyone unlike others. His confidence showed his trust on Allah and how he can go to any limit to speak the truth without fearing anything.

All in all, Zakir naik completed his Dawah to all the viewers of NDTV! May Allah preserve him!

Najeeb Jung: This person looked like one of those who everyone in the show were referring as “Lunatic Fringe”! Well actually this word was being used by all the “so called” Muslims on the center stage (except Dr. Naik and Moulana Madani) for the scholars of Islam. But in reality, all of them were a part of that “Lunatic Fringe” team. The guy sounded more like a Zionist than a Muslim. Well what can i comment on him, lets leave him to his own person.

The best part was when a bearded elderly man (Dr. Shoeb, ain’t that you ), asked if Islam has multiple definitions or just one definition from Quran and Sunnah. He raised this question whenever every “moderate” Muslim on the center stage were giving their version of definition of Islam. One said, you must feel Islam; while another one said you must not show Islam, while the third one said “Islam is my private matter with God”! LOL

Conclusion of this show:

  • Shahrukh and karan were given more time compared to others as if only they represent Islam.
  • The show disrespected such eminent personalities of Muslim world like Dr. Zakir Naik and Moulana Mahmoud Madani by not allowing them to speak about the topic.
  • Barkha Dutt once again showed her biasness towards wanting Muslims to give up their real Islam and adopt the so called modern Islam. She mercilessly called the scholars of Islam as “Lunatics” and kept on giving opportunity to those who would speak against the real Islam. The whole show looked like a pre-planned setup and not a natural debate.

We expect better show quality from NDTV and fair anchor-ship from Barkha Dutt!

You can watch it yourself and give your review in the comments below!

Click here to read the original article!



  1. haris said,

    Amazing article. Very crisp. Keep up the good work. You have a good eye, but I don’t think Barkha was being as biased as we might feel, seeing the show. If you’ve seen other episodes of We the People, you would know they have a fundamental time problem – they take in more guests than they can handle. This is why they blabber too much with people who are not qualified to speak, and wind up with a bunch of polarized opinions.

    Nevertheless, she did find Dr Zakir Naik’s bin Laden comment a little too “controversial”, so she skipped it more than she generally does. This in addition to the fact that NDTV must have promised to give SRK and KJ more airtime to talk about MNIK, simply cuz otherwise SRK and KJ would never appear on We the People. The pretext of MNIK discussion was a great incentive used by NDTV to lure the duo into the show.

    • Max Xavier said,

      dear friend…from the very onset of your article, one gets the impression that you have clearly formulated opinions (one you may call ‘convictions’) before you have even analysed the debate…owing to the poor sense of objectivity that you display….without any effort one knows that you are a Muslim…you have thrown lavish praises on Dr.Zakir Naik and Moulana Mahmoud Madani ( who in particular did not display any profound wisdom)…Dr Zakir Naik on the other hand is a erudite and scholarly person and also a fine orator….but he employs a very one dimensional and naive logic to convince people,who are mostly obstinate and only looking to placate their personal notion of their conscience and rationale.. I completely agree with you on Ms Dutt, as a journalist should hold a neutral ground and not voice their personal opinions in a disparaging fashion which automatically tilts the common viewers idea as to what is unacceptable and undebatable….

      I would like you to contemplate whether you had watched this show with a rigid perspective (almost completely derived from your beliefs)or had truly tried to analyse people and their ideologies by their reasoning…

      • Sajir said,

        Mr Xavier,

        From your comment ,I believe you have a more rigid prespective than haris.All prominent personalities Shabana Azmi ,Shahrukh,Salman….etc take refuge in the so called ” Moderate Muslims” banner.There is nothing called moderate muslims.Muslim is known by his IMAAN and not by surnamas like Khans,Sheikhs etc.Most of the personalities other than Dr Naik & Moulana Mahmoud madani had little knowledge of ISLAM.

        It is people like you who love to hear only the voice of “Moderate Muslims” and not the voice of practicising Muslim.

        Islam is the religion which had given the highest status for woman.

  2. fayyaz said,

    few words of wisdom are sufficient for a lay man,

  3. Rihanna said,

    I live in England had British upbringing, never heard of barkha and the others. Dr Zakir Naik as you have rightly said Allah is the planner. all I could say they were trying to degrade you by the will of Allah they plan and plot they they will have to encounter the final hour. I want you to know like the prophet the final messenger Mohammad pbu him, had plenty of enemy’s you have too, my Allah protect you. My mom is a fan of yours I too seen you lecture I am truly inspired, trying too practice have intention too.

    The NDTV people must be stupid, it only take a person to pick up your CD recording and they all can see all your speech are the same. SO STUPID WHY WOULD ANY ONE THINK YOU WOULD CHANGE your SPEECH OVER NIGHT. I am your fan and will be I think they are jelous of you. By the way I am no Indian, from what I can see they are the people who promotes riots and screw the unite.

  4. ebrahim ali said,

    all i have to say is whom Allah guaid’s not non can stray & if Allah astray’s someone then who can help.

  5. Zakir The biggest idi&t ever said,

    It was really pathetic to see the responses of Zakir and Madani .

    Alyq Padamsee was happily recommending Madani’s Fatwas when none of those actually apply to himself .
    Are we Indian Muslims such imbeciles and brainless creatures that we need a fatwa
    to realise that killing innocents is bad.
    Is nt the so called specialist taking us for granted.

    Regarding Zakir ..he is the one who has made our religion into a joke .
    He is talking about some silly CD about 75 scientists which is nothing but a farce .
    By questioning Lad&n’s involvement he made a complete fool of himself.
    By the way The CD doesnt absolve Bi@ LaD&n. It only asks for more probe of 911 ‘s unanswered questions.

    If the same 75 people make a CD saying our religion is bad …do we give them any weightage and start introspection ?

    If 1000 people vouch for Zakir being crazy will you listen to that CD also.

    I can understand your attachment to Shahrukh …you dont want to let go of him . Him being borne a Muslim …you dont care that he is setting an exmple that practising Haram is OK and still you can be Muslim.

    Religion cannot stand open debate and scientific questioning …that is why we call it faith . ..
    If our idea of after-life is proven without any doubt other religion will exist…it will be only us.

    99% of Olympic winning athletes eat pork . Have been for 100 years.
    Can we do the same?
    Just Like Shahrukh other Muslims can be allowed to do a litle more Haram things and still be Muslims?
    or we have look for a fatwa to know which haram is worse than the other ?

    Zakir has become a billionaire fooling innocent people.

    One day it is going to lead to downfall of not just him but a lot lot more…no marks for guessing.

    • Haris said,

      You are the biggest idiot ever. You just showed by yer comments that you (just like Barkha Dutt) have still not understood what he was trying to say.Dr Zakir Naik never “supported” or “defended” Bin Laden. All he said is – whosoever did the 9/11, or any other attacks anywhere else – is wrong, is a terrorist, is unpardonable. Simple as that. It really is that simple. But the point is – for anyone to say that xyz or abc did it – that is where he says, lets not talk about who did it, cuz there are 75 top scientists debating that, or 123 debating something else…let’s not get into who is doing it. Lets just say whosoever did it, is wrong, is a terrorist.

      And for that, there are no two opinions about it. Same thing was said by Maulana Madani.

      So, it is you who needs to open up and see what the scholars are trying to achieve by not creating an unnecessary debate.

      Are the 6.5 billion people on this planet “imbeciles” to not see that Islam has existed for centuries, and of course, no one ever preached violence as an excusable tool for anything. Do the rules change all of a sudden? Why do they need a clarification from scholars and follower Muslims that Islam doesn’t preach violence, and only stands for peace? Isn’t it common sense?

      Who’s the imbecile here? But since media is constantly questioning, propagating hatred against us, scholars have been brought together, along with moderates, to show that there is no room for violence/terrorism in Islam.

      You need to be well-informed before you bark in public, idiot.

    • Aqueel Akhter said,


      before going to comment any topic first learn about religion , take a knowladge, then bark, i hope you are the most idiot person showing unnecessary sympathy to our innocent muslim brother and sister , you cannt compare yourself with dr. zakir naik as his purpose is only to spread islam not to become billionere , i hope u are not muslim , but biggest idiotttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt on earth

    • mahboob said,

      whose coment i donot know.but i can say u r the big idiot in this world

  6. Ahmad said,

    Asalamualaikum, dear Dr. Zakir Naik, MashaAllah I am happy to see you in NDTV also, I wish there be more Programmes such, even though time given for you is little it has gone in the minds of many who think. Yes, giving Hidhayath is not in our hands, Allah owns it, and we also know when others plot against us Allah (SWT) also plot, There is no power or might except with Him, What Allah decided to give, no one can stop and what Allah has stoped no one can give what He stoped. And last but not the least, Every deed is based on the Intentions. As Allah is aware of your intention, May Allah estabilish you firm in your faith and May Allah remove the impediments in your tounge so that the they understand, (May Allah expand their hearts and open it in His Way! Ameen!)

  7. Aqueel Akhter said,

    Asslamo alaikum brothers and sisters
    Muslims like Shahrukh Khan n many others do everything for fame n money their religion , their imaan everything is money even they appreciate islam for money as he did in MY NAME IS KHAN , sO i think that he is not a person to whom we may perform any religious talks , mushriqs like him should be completely boycotted, A person like Dr zakir naik need not to come at this type of cheap show, must attened a highly qualified people debet,
    may allah keep him well and fine

    allah hafiz

    aqueel akhter

  8. Aqeel said,

    We all muslims should try to remove all the misconceptions about Islam and Dr. Zakir Naik is doing some great job in this regard.

  9. zuber said,

    Really good article.I too recently had seen that show.I totally agree with your points.
    Zakir naik was not given enough chance to speak.This showed the true bias nature of a prominent journalist of India.But as you said for that little time Zakir naik did his job………………………..thanks for a wonderful feedback.

  10. tara said,

    Some famous quotes of Zakir Naik:
    1) All muslims should be terrorists,
    2)Osama was not a terrorist
    3) Mother Teresa cannot go to heaven as she was a Christian
    4) Wife beating is OK.
    6)islam is the only way (Logic 2+2=4)
    7)Americans eat pig, therefore behave like pigs. I wonder what Zakir Naik eats Bull S***.
    To all Muslims: Zakir Naik is not removing any misconception about Islam. He is proving the foolishness and hypocrisy of islam. by parroting chapter number blah blah, verse number blah blah. Parroting is discouraged even in schools these days as it does not prove anything.
    And don’t bother advising me to read the Koran. I have already read it. Half the book is about violence and killings and the other half is about sexual exploits of Mohamed. (Polygamist, Paedophile(youngest wife was 6 year old), eyed his daughter-in-law(Zainab), got convenient verses inserted to support all this, therefore discouraged adoption soley for his personal reasons. Was not even satisfied with his dozen wives, so had sex with a slave (his wife Hafsa’ slave ‘Maria), got sex with slaves outside of marriage sanctified, murdered hundreds of captive jews in a single battle, forced a girl Safiya to submit to him on the same day that her husband, brother and father were killed by his followers, hit his wife Ayesha and pushed her away when she tried to plead on Safiya’s behalf. The stories are endless.
    Concept of heaven: Sex with 72 virgins. er …..what do women get???. They dont get equal rights even after they are dead or maybe they become Lesbians in heaven???

    Conclusion of a rational person: Koran cannot be the word of God. Maybe the word of DEVIL.

    • Faris said,

      Tara you should think what are you saying, it just reflects your dirty and filthy thoughts. You are talking about the greatest Personality for all times (Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). You don’t know anything about Quran and Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). Actually you are working on Shaitan’s Agenda. It is fact that people like you, who are with Shaitan will never succeed in their motives, Saitan always use people like you to distort the truth.
      People like you could not see the truth and will remain in the darkness of ingnorance.

    • Azhar Majeed Khan said,


      What u said, all are just misconceptions about Islam. U just took one sentence from the verses of Quran and Hadith. Read full topic and then conclude it. And u should know “A little or Incomplete knowledge is dangerous thing”.

      And one thing u dont know but i know in Quran, “Don’t debate with the rednecks, because they will not even try to understand you”. And this is what i am going to do and Faris should also do the same.

      InnAllaha Ma’ As’sabireen
      (Verily, God is with those who have patience)

      • R said,

        But what Tara said about Ayesha is true and I still have not heard any convincing reason from the mullahs as to why this happened. Surely she could have been adopted….why marry her and force her to consummate at such a tender age?? Faris, my friend I am only voicing my opinion – I am not saying if what he did was right or wrong, god has given you intelligence and that is for you to look deep within you and decide. All I am asking you to do is to consider it with an impartial frame of mind. To seek the truth….one must use one’s intelligence not rely on books or others. Yes they can be used as sources but in the end you are the one who needs to take ownership. Azhar – if u feel strongly about something you must try and convince others…if you fail to convince the majority then you need to reconsider your views. Running away is what people do when they have no reply to arguments!

    • zayed said,

      ask any of the people in this forum or zakir naik himself on those unnacceptable content in quran…they wont have an answer…

  11. Azhar Majeed Khan said,


    Nice work brother.


  12. zayed said,

    After reading the whole blog and then the follow-up comments of various visitors…i cant help but feel sory for the ignorants extremists present here….the absurd n rigid mentality of extremists muslims in this tiny domain reflect the actual situation in the real world….u ppl are ready to be followers of any idiot who talks on n on about islam… r u that blind or dumb that u support sum1 like zakir so religiously… he is nothing but a mentally derailed man with excellent memory power who can remember the holy verses n teachings of religious books,,,N comin to the talk show..poor zakir was cornered by barkha n he was left speechless for a few seconds if u observe in the video…allah has given u the same intellect and abilities as the mullahs or zakir naiks….plz use it wisely n try to think thru ur conscience and act by ur pure instincts…religion shud just be a guiding light towards propserity not destruction…

  13. mohamed ghouse khan said,


  14. Mohammad Yousuf said,

    I DONT EVEN GET WHY SUCH A DISCUSSION WAS EVEN TAKEN UP!! Muslims are happiest in india!! They have much better condition here than in Pakistan. Being muslim, i feel why such topics are taken up! We muslims need to improve soooo much …we shud work on that!! Otherwise if any idiot muslim has problem he is ready to move to Pakistan for allah’s sake!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. R said,

    This article is extremely biased. Basically, if somebody said something in favour of Islam, he spoke well and spoke sense. Yet if they signalled any views against Islam or were indifferent they have no clue. This is the state of Muslim attitudes in India which is why people fear Muslims all over the world today. Every religion has positives and negatives, however accepting and addressing these issues is what is required, not denying them.

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