For his service to Islam, Dr. Zakir Naik was awarded the prestigious ‘King Faisal International Prize’ on 1st March. Known for reverting many non-Muslims all over the world with his speeches and brilliant dialogues, Dr. Zakir Naik is a simple man who uses verses from Holy books of different religions to prove that Islam is the true religion, there is no God except Allah (SWT) and Prophet Mohammad (SAW) is His messenger.
Dr. Zakir Naik has held dialogues with the public as well as scholars of different religions, especially those of Christianity, and has challenged them to bring a single verse from the Bible which states that Jesus is son of God, likewise with Hindu leaders and pundits, and has pointed out many verses from Gita and other Hindu scriptures which clearly prohibit idol worship.
Dr. Zakir Naik holds his sessions live, there is no editing or delay, he answers his questions clearly and articulates well, giving a lot of people from his large audience a chance to raise their questions. He is a man of dignity and honor, and honor was bestowed on him last week.
Dr. Zakir Naik is also a brave man, whose outspoken comments against the American government have brought him unwanted controversy, especially him citing 9/11 as an inside job, but the fact remains that the American government is the biggest terrorist, and has cost Pakistan 102.5 billion dollars in the spurious war on terror.
Dr. Zakir Naik, president of the Islamic Research Foundation in India, was one of five recipients of the King Faisal International Prize from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman during a ceremony at a luxury Riyadh hotel. The annual prizes are a project of the King Faisal Foundation, established in 1976 by the children of King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz who died in 1975.
Naik was honored for being one of the most renowned non-Arabic speaking promoters of Islam. He founded the Peace TV channel, billed as the world’s only channel specializing in comparative religion. It has an estimated English-language audience exceeding 100 million, according to his award citation. “Islam is the only religion that can bring peace to the whole of humanity,” he said in a video biography aired at the ceremony.
Dr. Zakir Naik has a great fan following, and rules millions of hearts. The honor bestowed on him is sure to delight those who hold him in great esteem.