02 March 2015

Saudi Arabia awards top prize to cleric Zakir Naik who condones sex with female slaves

.... The Indian cleric has previously sparked worldwide outrage for publicly advocating capital punishment for homosexuals and people who renounce Islam. He also said husbands can beat their women with moderation and called for India to be ruled by Sharia law.

Naik was banned from the UK in 2010 for "unacceptable behaviour" due to his controversial comments. Following the ban, veteran scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan accused him of "peddling some provocative, dubious ideas". In 2012, Naik was also denied to attend as a speaker at an Islamic conference in Toronto. [IBTimes] Read more