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Shia Muslims seek ban on controversial Islamic preacher


Shia Muslims seek ban on controversial Islamic preacher

Lucknow (UP), July 09 (ANI): Members of Shia National Front took to the streets in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday demanding a ban on Islamic preacher, Zakir Naik, for allegedly propagating extremism. The protesters alleged that Naik was misguiding people.

Naik has come in the line of fire following revelations that one of the attackers involved in the assault in a restaurant in Dhaka last week was influenced by his speeches. Shia cleric, Maulana Yasoob Abbas, claimed that Naik wanted every Muslim to become Osama bin Laden.

Reportedly, Naik's speeches are broadcast across the Indian sub-continent through his Peace TV with a viewership of at least 100 million. Naik already faces a ban in the United Kingdom, Canada and Malaysia.

He has made several controversial statements in the past. In a statement from 2006, Naik was caught on camera telling Muslims it was acceptable to embrace terrorism in certain instances.

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