Indian-based Islamic scholar Dr Zakir Naik on Friday condemned the terror attack in Nice, France which killed 84 people and termed suicide bombings as ‘haram’ in Islam.
Addressing the media in Mumbai via Skype, Naik said, “I condemn all terror attacks anywhere in the world. I will speak for hours [against terrorism] if needed.”
Asked to comment on one of his previous speeches on suicide bombings, the 50-year-old preacher said such attacks are considered ‘haram’ in Islam, however, many scholars permit it as a war tactic, ANI reported.
Earlier, Naik clarified, “I do not support terrorism or violence in any form whatsoever. I have never supported any terrorist organisations and have mentioned this over and over again in thousands of my public talks worldwide.”
Referring to the fatwas against him, Naik claimed that he is a messenger of peace and does not criticise any sect of Islam.
Ever since the vicious attack at a café in Dhaka, India-based Islamic scholar and preacher Dr Zakir Naik has come under fire following reports that his speeches inspired some of the terrorists who carried out the attack.