EDITED: IRF calls out on Zakir Naik

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Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib, author of a long article entitled Zakir Naik’s Appeal and the Quagmire of Inter-Religious Relations in Malaysia published on June 17, 2016, by Singaporean based interfaith group Left Right and Center creator Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib, said he did not call for Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to be deported.

In an email message, Mohamed Imran said the original line of his statement was: “This will also require calling out personalities like Zakir Naik and raising the standards of religious discourse to constrict spaces for populist preachers like Naik to garner an audience.”

The word “calling out” means to criticise and not “menghantar pulang” (repatriate), he said.
He said he is careful not to be seen meddling in Malaysian politics and telling Malaysians what to do.
“Hence, the Malay translation contained a serious error.
“I had written to IRF to correct this and they had done so. Therefore, will appreciate if TISG can take down the article because the article was not calling out for Zakir Naik to be deported,” he wrote.
In the article, Mohamed Imran explained the reasons why Zakir is diverting from the real issues of ‘comparative religion’ debates, into that of a politically charged engagement in Malaysia.

He said Zakir’s presence in Malaysia may have bad fallout on the country’s religious harmony.

He urged for the replacement of the ‘confrontational’ religious education with one that builds approaches, reconcile and create a sense of respect for each other, to accept diversity and difference. and the desire to jointly pursue the common good in a spirit of peace, justice and equality between religious and non-religious communities.

This with the desire to jointly pursue the common good in a spirit of peace, justice and equality between religious and non-religious communities.

“While politics can often derail this process, it is important to work towards building a community that can fight the tide effort to seed the dispute.

He said actions to call out on people like Zakir may not be carried out by outright prohibition, which would instantly make them martyrs in religion classes and strengthen the “conspiracy theory” against Islam.

“In contrast is the strong effort to show that the relationship between religion will be harmed if Zakir Naik is left unchecked.

Original article here: http://irfront.net/post/articles/articles-malay/rayuan-zakir-naik-dan-jerlus-hubungan-antara-agama-di-malaysia/

 

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