A medical doctor by professional training, Dr Zakir Naik is renowned as a dynamic international orator on Islam and Comparative Religion. He is the President of Islamic Research Foundation, Mumbai, India. He is 49 years old. Dr Zakir clarifies Islamic viewpoints and clears misconceptions about Islam, using the Qur’an, authentic Hadith and other religious Scriptures as a basis, in conjunction with reason, logic and scientific facts. He is popular for his critical analysis and convincing answers to challenging questions posed by audiences after his public talks.
In the last 20 years (by the year 2015) Dr Zakir Naik has Alhamdulillah delivered over 2000 public talks in the USA, Canada, UK, Italy, France, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Botswana, Nigeria, Ghana, The Gambia, Morocco, Algeria, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Guyana (South America), Trinidad, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Maldives and many other countries, in addition to numerous public talks in India. In March 2012, his public talk in Kishanganj, Bihar, in India was MashaAllah attended by over one million people, being one of the largest gathering in the world for any religious lecture by a lone orator.
Amongst the billion plus population of India Dr Zakir Naik was ranked No. 82 in ‘The 100 Most Powerful Indians’ list published by Indian Express in the year 2009 and ranked No. 89 in 2010. He was ranked No. 3 in the ‘Top 10 Spiritual Gurus of India in 2009’ and topped this list in 2010. He was ranked in the top 70 list of the ‘500 Most Influential Muslims in the World’ issued annually by Georgetown University, USA, in the years 2011, 2012, 2013/14 and 2014/15.
He has successfully participated in several symposia and dialogues with prominent personalities of other faiths. His public dialogue with Dr William Campbell (of USA) on the topic, “The Qur’an and the Bible in the Light of Science” held in Chicago, USA, on 1st April 2000 was a resounding success. His interfaith Dialogue with prominent Hindu Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on the topic, “The Concept of God in Hinduism and Islam in the Light of Sacred Scriptures” held at Palace Grounds, Bangalore, on 21st January 2006, was highly appreciated by people of both faiths.
Shaikh Ahmed Deedat, the world famous orator on Islam and Comparative Religion, who had called Dr Zakir “Deedat Plus” in 1994, presented a plaque in May 2000 with the engraving “Awarded to Dr Zakir Abdul Karim Naik for his achievement in the field of Da’wah and the study of Comparative Religion.” “Son what you have done in 4 years had taken me 40 years to accomplish, Alhamdulillah.”
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud presented the prestigious ‘King Faisal International Prize’ – 2015 for ‘Service to Islam’ to Dr Zakir Naik on 1st March 2015 in Riyadh. This prize is the most Prestigious Prize in the Muslim world, similar to the Nobel Prize. The prize consisted of a certificate indicating Dr Zakir’s achievements, a commemorative 24-carat 200-gram gold medal and Saudi Riyals 750,000 (US $ 200,000). The entire prize money was donated by Dr Zakir Naik to the Waqf of Peace TV Network.
Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President & Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, presented the prestigious Dubai International Holy Qur’an Award’s ‘Islamic Personality of 2013’ Award and Citation to Dr Zakir Naik on 29th July 2013, for providing outstanding service to Islam and Muslims at a global level in Media, Education and Philanthropy. Along with he received a reward of UAE Dirhams 1 million (US $ 272,000) which he donated to start a Waqf (endowment) fund for Peace TV Network. Dr Zakir at 47 years then, was the youngest recipient of the award.
The Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, the King of Malaysia, presented to Dr Zakir Naik the highest award of Malaysia the ‘Tokoh Ma’al Hijrah Distinguished International Personality Award for the Year 2013’ for his significant service and contribution to the development of Islam on 5th November 2013. Also presented to Dr Zakir was a citation plaque signed by the Prime Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Mohd. Najib Razak.
Shaikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, conferred on Dr Zakir Naik the ‘Sharjah Award for Voluntary Work’ for the year 2013, for his voluntary service for Islam on an international scale, on 16th January 2014.
Dr Yahya Jammeh, the President of the Republic of The Gambia conferred Dr Zakir Naik with ‘The Insignia of the Commander of the National Order of the Republic of The Gambia’ the Highest National Award in The Gambia on 15th October 2014. He was also presented an Honorary Doctorate — ‘Doctor of Humane Letters’ (Honoris Causa) — by the Vice Chancellor of the University of The Gambia, in recognition of his outstanding contribution and dissemination of knowledge in promoting research and delivery of community services internationally.
As of June 2015, Dr Zakir Naik Alhamdulillah received more than 8 million likes on his Facebook Page in less than 2 years, it being not only one of the highest amongst the Muslim English Speakers on Religion but also one of the highest amongst any English Speaker on Religion in the world. YouTube Vice President, Tom Pickett, certified Dr Zakir as ‘awesome’ for his ‘likes’ and ‘popularity’ on YouTube.
Dr Zakir Naik appears regularly on many International TV channels in over 200 countries of the world. He is regularly invited for TV and Radio interviews. Over a hundred of his talks, dialogues, debates and symposia are available on DVDs. He has authored many books on Islam and Comparative Religion.
Dr Zakir Naik is the ideologue and driving force behind Peace TV Network. He launched Peace TV English, in January 2006, it being the largest watched ‘Islamic’ as well as ‘any Religious’ Satellite TV channel presently in the world, with over 100 million viewership, of which 25% are Non-Muslims. In its footsteps he launched Peace TV Urdu in June 2009, Peace TV Bangla in April 2011 and will In Sha Allah launch Peace TV Chinese in October 2015. ln Sha Allah, he plans to expand the Peace TV Network to cover the ten major languages of the world.
Born in the Surat district of India in 1918, Ahmed Hoosen Deedat had no recollection of his father until 1926. His father a tailor by profession had migrated to South Africa shortly after the birth of Ahmed Deedat.
With no formal education and fighting off the extreme pangs of poverty, he went to South Africa in 1927 to be with his father. His farewell to his mother in India in 1927 was the last time he saw her alive for she passed away a few months later. In a foreign land, a boy of nine with no formal schooling and command of the English language began preparing for the role he was to play decades later without realizing it.
Applying himself with diligence to his studies, the little boy not only was able to overcome the language barrier but excelled in school. His avid passion for reading helped him gain promotions until he completed standard 6. Lack of finance interrupted his schooling and at the early age of about 16 he took on the first of many jobs in retailing.
The most significant of these was in 1936 where he worked at a Muslim owned store near a Christian seminary on the Natal South Coast. The incessant insults of the trainee missionaries hurled against Islam during their brief visits to the store infused a stubborn flame of desire within the young man to counteract their false propaganda.
As fate would have it, Ahmed Deedat discovered by pure chance a book entitled ‘Izharul-Haq,’ meaning the ‘Truth revealed.’ This book recorded the techniques and enormous success of the efforts of Muslims in India in turning the tables against Christian missionary harassment during the British subjugation and rule of India. In particular the idea of holding debates had a profound effect on Ahmed Deedat.
Armed with this new found zeal, Ahmed Deedat purchased his first Bible and began holding debates and discussions with the trainee missionaries. When they beat a hasty retreat in the face of his incisive counter arguments, he personally called on their teachers and even priests in the surrounding areas.
These successes spurred Ahmed Deedat in the direction of Da’wah. Not even his marriage, birth of children and a 3 year sojourn to Pakistan after its independence dampened his enthusiasm or dulled his desire to defend Islam from the deceitful distortions of the Christian missionaries.
With missionary zeal to project the Truth and beauty of Islam, Ahmed Deedat immersed himself into a host of activities over the next three decades. He conducted classes on Bible studies and gave numerous lectures. He established the ‘As-Salaam,’ an institute to train propagators of Islam. He, together with his family, almost single-handedly erected the buildings including the Masjid which is still a landmark today.
He was a founder member of the Islamic Propagation Centre International (IPCI) and became its President, a position he held until he passed away in the year 2005. He has published over 20 books and distributed millions of copies free of charge. He has delivered thousands of lectures all over the world and successfully engaged Christian Evangelists in public debates. Several thousand people have come into the fold of Islam as a result of these efforts.
In a fitting tribute to this monumental achievement, he was awarded the ‘King Faisal International Prize’ for ‘Service to Islam’ in 1986, a prestigious recognition of enormous value in the world of Islam.
No number of awards and honors can truly capture the man’s essence and zeal for Islam. His anthology of books is no exception. It demonstrates Sheikh Deedat’s analytical compilations drawn from personal encounters and experiences against Christian distortions.
In 1996 Shaikh Ahmed Deedat suffered from a serious stroke and remained paralyzed and bedridden for 9 years. On 8th August, 2005 he passed away. May Allah (swt) bless his soul with Jannatul Firdous for his path-breaking and excellent efforts for Daw’ah of Islam worldwide as well as reigniting the spirit of self-esteem and renaissance amongst millions of Muslims the world over.
Books by Shaikh Ahmed Deedat: (CAN BE AVOIDED IF NOT FITTING IN FORMAT)
- The Choice – Between Islam and Christianity – Volume I
- The Choice – Between Islam and Christianity – Volume II
- Is the Bible God’s Word?
- Al Qur’an the Miracle of Miracles What is His Name?
- Christ in Islam
- What was the sign of Jonah?
- What the Bible says about Muhammed (pbuh)?
- Resurrection or Resuscitation?
- Arabs and Israel – Conflict or Conciliation?
- Crucifixion or Cruci-Fiction?
Shaikh Salem Al Aamry is an inspirational, lovable, humble and a committed Da’ee from UAE. By professional training he has two degrees to his credit, one in Electronic engineering and the other in Computer Science.
He studied Deen (Islamic Sciences) under various scholars in the traditional way for many years, including:-
• Shaikh Ali Khash-shan [One of the senior students of Shaikh Nasiruddin Albani (ra)] – Aqidah
• Shaikh Mahmood ‘Atiyyah [One of the senior students of Shaikh Nasiruddin Albani (ra)] – Aqidah
• Shaikh Abdul-Bary As-Salafi – Hadith
• Shaikh Hammad bin Aqil [Judge from KSA] – Fiqh (Al Bulugh Al-Ma’raam)
• Shaikh Saad Ash-Shalaby [Judge from KSA] – Mawaarith (Inheritance)
• Shaikh Mustafa Al-Makki Al-Azhari (ra) – Fiqh
• Shaikh Al Maimoni Al-Maghribi [Judge from Morocco] – Arabic Language Sciences
• Shaikh Ahmad Salah Al-Masri [Senior student of Sheikh Muqbil bin Hadi (ra)] – Aqidah
• Shaikh Muhammad Samy Moqbil [Student of Sheikh Hudhaifi, Medina] – Tafsir and Tajwid
• Shaikh Sayed Hadi Bin Ahmad Al-Haddar [Mufti of Comoros] – Sahih Muslim
Shaikh Assim Al-Hakeem is one of the prominent propagators of Islam in English in Saudi Arabia. He is a Saudi national, born on 23rd November,1962 and residing in Jeddah – K.S.A.
Accredited with a BA in Linguistics from King Abdul Aziz University Jeddah in 1987, Shaikh Assim Al-Hakeem went onto graduate with a High Diploma in Islamic Studies from the prestigious Umm al-Qura University in Makkah, Saudi Arabia in 1998. The Shaikh has also studied for several years the books of the great scholar Shaikh Saalih Ibn Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him).
Apart from his Da’wah activities, Shaikh Assim started his Work Experience in1988 by working as an English teacher in High school, and then changed his career and took different positions in the field of Human Resources & Public Relations. At present Shaikh Assim is an Imam of a Masjid in Jeddah, a role which he has held for the past 20 years, where the Shaikh delivers the weekly Friday sermons and lectures on various Islamic Sciences.
Shaikh Assim Al-Hakeem also participates regularly on Preparing and hosting a number of English Islamic programmes such as Questions and Answers (ASK HUDA), Umdatul Ahkaam, Youth Talk, Mercy to the Worlds, among others on various TV and Radio channels such as Al Huda, Peace TV, Iqra (in Arabic) and the Saudi 2 channel.
Shaikh Assim travels often to Europe, Asia & Middle East for delivering Islamic lectures on invitation of local and international organizations, most of which can be found on the YouTube.
Shaikh Yusuf was raised in a strong Christian home, he was educated in Texas, became successful in music business, owning stores, TV shows and used his talents to promote faith in God, while doing some preaching from the Bible.
In 1991 he tried to convert a Muslim from Egypt, but he found the true facts about real Islam and he became a Muslim. Al Hamdulillah.
Since coming to Islam he has helped thousands of new people entering Islam, even while answering many harsh attacks against Muslims, just using straight talk, simple humor and a lot of love. He makes it fun and easy for all of us to understand.
Shaikh Yusuf served as Delegate to United Nations Peace Summit for Religious Leaders, U.S. Federal chaplain from 1994 until 2000.
His story “Priests & Preachers Enter Islam” is truly amazing and has been all over the Internet in many languages. You laugh and cry at the same time.
They call him the “Funny Shaikh”. Yusuf Estes is loved by children and adults of all faiths. They delight to hear him entertain as he brings the pure message of Islam in simple English terms, and he makes it fun and easy to understand, while referring to Qur’an and teachings of Islam.
You can hear and see him broadcast his live shows on the Internet, in chatrooms, Facebook and TV channels around the world every day – He has over 2,000 websites for Islam.
His current project is one of this century’s biggest milestones for Muslims everywhere. Shaikh Yusuf Estes is the founder and operator of the very first American television channel for Islam – all in English – on the Internet and now – – on SATELLITE TV – 24 hours a day – called GUIDE US TV!
Now he tells people – “Get Guided – With Guide US TV!”
Fariq Naik, 21 years old, is the son of the world famous orator on Islam and Comparative religion, Dr Zakir Naik. He has completed his A level (CIE, UK), at Islamic International School & Junior College – Mumbai.
Alhamdulillah! At 13 years, he became a Hafiz-ul-Qur’an, while studying at school.
Since the tender age of 8, while on Da’wah trips with his father, Fariq started giving short talks in English and Arabic in front of thousands of people in Chennai, Pune, Dubai, Italy, Trinidad and other cities of the world. In 2003, at age 9, he addressed over 50,000 people in Srinagar and a larger audience in Hyderabad in 2006, at age 12.
After his brief presentations on Peace TV, he has been invited to give talks on Islam in different parts of the world including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Italy, Sri Lanka and Maldives. These travels and his several trips to the Holy cities of Makkah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia have broadened his understanding for International Da’wah work.
Fariq is also an accomplished Sportsman particularly in Football, Swimming, Karate and Judo. He has won the school’s “Best Sports Boy Trophy” for five consecutive years, Alhamdulillah. He also has a black belt in Taekwondo & Karate.
Along with formal worldly Education, he aims to master Arabic and specialize in Islamic knowledge. He hopes to, In sha Allah, follow in his father’s footsteps and excel in Da’wah work.
He was the youngest speaker, at 15 years, amongst the over 30 Islamic speakers that came from 15 different countries in one of the world’s largest International Islamic Da’wah Conference, “Peace-The Solution for Humanity” held in November 2009 in Mumbai, India.
Fariq is presently doing his further Islamic Studies in Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Fariq is an inspiration for the youth being the youngest regular speaker on Peace TV and appears once a week in the programme, “Teens Star.”