India has asked the authorities in Oman to arrest and extradite the renowned Muslim preacher and scholar Dr. Zakir Naik, accused of propagating extremism in India, according to Indian News 18.
It is reported that Zakir Nai will travel to the Sultanate of Oman on Thursday (March 22), which marks the beginning of Ramadan, the holy fasting month for Muslims worldwide. Reportedly, Naik will deliver two important religious sermons at the commencement of Ramadan.
Dr. Naik is an Indian citizen who fled India in 2017 fearing detention allegedly accused of spreading hate speech and terrorism in India.
According to Business Today Daily, the Indian Consulate is in contact with Oman officials and has told them after Naik’s detention, a legal team will be sent to investigate and extradite him to India.
Furthermore, the ministry of foreign affairs of India has had a meeting with the Ambassador of Oman in this regard in the recent past.
It is reported that Naik had received an invitation to deliver two religious sermons in Oman– “The Quran a Global Necessity” and “Prophet Muhammad a Mercy to Humankind”. His first lecture is set for March 23, the first day of Ramadan on March 23 and the second lecture will be held on March 25 at Sultan Qaboos University.
Currently, the renowned Muslim preacher resides in Malaysia and is set to travel to Oman on Thursday, with the news of his detention spreading all over.
In 2018, the governments of the UK and Canada announced that Indian Cleric Dr. Zakir Naik, a popular Salafi television preacher, was banned from entering both countries, accused of propagating violence and hate speeches among the people.
Meanwhile, Naik’s invitation to give religious sermons at the FIFA World Cup 2022 had become controversial. However, after New Delhi raised concerns with Doha that it would be compelled to terminate Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar’s trip to the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony if Islamist Zakir Naik were to be formally invited to watch the event’s opening from the VVIP box, Qatar responded that Zakir Naik had not received any formal invitation to attend the event.