Islamic preacher Zakir Naik hits out at Indian government, targeted for spreading Islam in India

Islamic preacher Zakir Naik hits out at Indian government, targeted for spreading Islam in India
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KANGAR - Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, wanted in his home country of India has hit out against the Prime minister Narendra Modi government.

He said he has not broken any Indian law and was being targeted by the “enemies of Islam,” in a rare public speech in Malaysia where he has sought refuge.

Naik, 53, is facing charges of money laundering and hate speech in India, where authorities last year accused him of “promoting enmity and hatred between different religious groups in India through public speeches and lectures”.

The preacher has been living in Malaysia, where he has permanent residency.

Naik said in a late Saturday speech in Kangar, capital of the north Malaysian state of Perlis, that he had never broken any Indian law.

“But because I was spreading peace, I was giving solution for humanity, all the people who don’t like peace to prevail, they don’t like me,” he said.

Naik added that he was being targeted because of his work to spread Islam.

New Delhi