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    Dr Zakir Naik invites Pope Benedict XVI for open interfaith dialogue

    JEDDAH: Eminent scholar of comparative religion Dr. Zakir Naik has invited Pope Benedict XVI for an open inter-faith dialogue.


    The Pope`s recent statement, which included a quote from a 14th century Byzantine emperor, sparked outrage in the Muslim world. In his latest efforts to calm down the Muslim anger the Pope invited diplomats from 20 Islamic countries at his summer residence in south of Rome.

    This extraordinary gathering was seen as the latest effort by Benedict XVI to quell the furor stirred two weeks ago by controversial remarks he made about Islam. He is attempting to channel the emotion into what he calls an authentic and respectful dialogue.

    Dr. Naik sees the Pope`s statement on Islam as pre-planned. "He (the Pope) knew very well what he was speaking at University of Regensburg in Germany on September 12," he said.

    "The Pope`s apology to the Muslims was at all not an apology rather it was putting salt on the wounds," said Dr. Naik, adding that the Pope should have explicitly apologized and retracted his statement.
    Benedict XVI seems to be toeing the same line of neo-con as that of President George Bush, he said. Dr. Naik said if the Pope wants to initiate an authentic dialogue then he is more than willing to participate in such an inter-faith debate.

    "I am more than willing to participate in the inter-faith dialogue with Pope Benedict XVI. I am ready on any topic he (the Pope) wishes as long as it focuses on Quran and the Bible," Dr. Naik said. He said he can go to Rome or Vatican to meet the Pope.

    "I can go to Rome and to Vatican on my own expense if an Italian visa is arranged for me," he told ONLINE after delivering his lecture on "20 most common questions about misconceptions of Islam," organized by Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh, attended by a number of ambassadors, diplomatic staff and members of the Sri Lankan community.

    Dr. Naik during the past three years has delivered over 600 lectures in the US and Canada. "I am absolutely ready for an open and public debate with the pope under live international TV coverage," he said.
    Let the 1.3 billion Muslims and 2 billion Christians around the world listen to the debate based on equal slot of time allotted to both sides, he said. "It is not only a debate but also a question and answer session allowing the people to ask queries," he said. He said he is not in favor of closed-door meeting with the Pope, as was suggested by his predecessor Pope John Paul II, when South African-based Islamic scholar Ahmed Deedat invited him for open dialogue, he said.

    "Pope John Paul told Shaikh Deedat to come to his cabin for a debate," he said and added why does the inter-faith dialogue be held behind closed doors? Dr. Naik said the best way to counter the onslaught on Islam is that the Muslims should have their own media.

    "Unfortunately, most of the international media is controlled by the Western (lobby). Unless you (Muslims) have your own media they (Westernerns) can very conveniently convert black into white, day into night, a hero into a villain and a villain into a hero," he said.

    Dr. Naik, who has launched his own religious satellite channel called Peace TV, said Muslims do have their own media but what he meant by international media is similar to the Time and Newsweek and TV channels such as the BBC and CNN, when Muslims can project their views and convey the message in right perspective.

    "I have a future plan to launch a news channel," he said. He said there are at least 100 Muslims that he knew, who can take such an initiative and launch at least 10 satellite channels.
    People should not wait for Muslims organizations such as IIRA or OIC to take steps in this direction, he said.

    "Any individual businessman can take the initiative if Muslim bodies such as OIC or IIRA are not coming forward in this direction," he said.
    Dr. Naik has also endorsed former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Muhamamd`s views that the Muslims should stop to operate US dollar-denominated bank accounts. "I have been preaching (that) Muslims should stop dealing in dollar," he said. He also called on the Muslim world to launch an Islamic currency to counter dealing in dollar.

    Muslim countries should not peg their currencies to the dollar. "By that time the individuals and businessmen should stop dealing in dollar," he said. He said he has been mobilizing the people wherever he goes asking them not to keep dollar accounts or even the currency.

    The moment you exchange dollars you simply convert that amount with any currency such as riyal, dirham, dinar or be it yen or euro "but not to keep in dollar-denomination account," he said.

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    woah! bring it on

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      The pope doesn't stand a chance against Dr.Zakir Naik. :up:
      Everyone thinks their a scholar because they know how to copy and paste, you get your ummah face on and the second you log out, you know your reality. Anyone can attain knowledge, how many can implement it?

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        LOL, I would like to see this :p. (If it happens)
        If you were in the clouds, Allah would raise us to you or lower you to us for battle.

        said this to the Byzantine troops when they retreated from the battle field to the fortified town of Chalcis.

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          Dr. Zakir Naik is as likely to actually have a debate with the biggest misleader in the world, as uncle saddam did with having a debate with bush. both men challenged these "leaders" who put up these accusations, but when push comes to shove....they chicken out.
          There's nothing natural about natural disasters. Think about it...

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            This would be very interesting,

            But we know the Pope being the deceiver that he is will naturally back down

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              this is old news, Zakir Naik made this invitation last year after the pope's comments, i dont think the pope responded :p
              Some claim that u are like any one of us, But who can claim, to have visited the Arsh? We say bashr, but respect is also due. For mankind are like rocks, but a pearl are u. U travelled the 7Heavens, and ur eyes did not lie. For Jibril could not pass, but u, O Madani, glided by.

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                Originally posted by MMS View Post
                this is old news, Zakir Naik made this invitation last year after the pope's comments, i dont think the pope responded :p
                why, is he scared of the Dr Naik ?
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                  This is old news .... we all know the Pope dosen't know anythng about his religion and how its a rip off offa mithraism and sun god worship. Now a REAL debate would've been Shaykh Ahmed Deedat(rh) and Pope John Paul II ;)

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                    I thought Ali Sina from Faith Freedom challenged Dr. Naik?
                    "If God's Word is a creation, then by what Word did he create it?"

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                      front row seats for me! :D
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                        Originally posted by Mahajir View Post
                        why, is he scared of the Dr Naik ?
                        Is this guy important enough for the Pope to care?

                        I'm not being facetious, I just think its unlikely a world religious leader has the time or the inclination for this kind of debate.
                        12:10. A godly man would not put even an animal to needless pain. But the wicked often speak of others as well used, when they would not endure like treatment for a single day.

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                          Originally posted by Immanuel View Post
                          I thought Ali Sina from Faith Freedom challenged Dr. Naik?
                          He says that he dosen't do written debates .....

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                            One wonders why he doesn't do written debates. Is he afraid he'll lose?

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                              Originally posted by Sunchaser View Post
                              Is this guy important enough for the Pope to care?

                              I'm not being facetious, I just think its unlikely a world religious leader has the time or the inclination for this kind of debate.
                              Pope's scared. Admit it. Your holy leader who sits in a building all day and then waves his hand out a window is SCARED.

                              Originally posted by pixi View Post
                              One wonders why he doesn't do written debates. Is he afraid he'll lose?
                              ....hmm....maybe because words are more effective. And anyway, what he says he can write. So "not doing written debates" is just stupid. I bet your pope cant even write because all he knows is waving. LAFF.
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