If you execute me, I will become a shaheed, says Zakir Naik
If you put me in jail I will spread the message of Allah. If you exile me, I will contemplate on the magnificence of Allah's creation. If you execute me I will become a shahid."
With these words, controversial preacher Zakir Naik appeared to put on a defiant front against Indian authorities. He claimed that he was being targetted for spreading peace.
The discourse was given on December 1 and it was uploaded on social media on Wednesday (December 5).
During his discourse on the issue of terrorism, Naik spoke about how he handles hate against him.
"I like the Constitution of my country India which gives the right to every citizen to preach, practice propagate the religion. I did not break a single law of the country but because I was spreading peace, I was giving solution to humanity, all the people who don't like peace to prevail don't like me," said Naik.
He said that all the more his detractors try to "break him down", the more resolute he becomes.
Naik claimed that his channel Peace TV had 200 million viewers out of which hundreds were non-Muslims who were accepting Islam.
"This does not go down well with the enemies of Islam whether it is a western country or the country where I was born, India. They don't like it," said Naik.
He said that this was the reason why he was being persecuted.
Naik is being probed under terror and money-laundering charges by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Naik is also under investigation for issuing alleged hate speeches that inspired a deadly terror attack on a popular cafe in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh in 2016.