Muslim fanatic is to visit the UK, despite Tory vows to keep out hate preachers

MUSLIM hate-preacher and all-round imbecile Dr Zakir Naik, the “brains” behind the laughably-named Peace TV in India, is to be allowed into the UK to address followers in London’s Wembley arena and in Sheffield.

Naik’s inflammatory comments have led some moderate Muslims to call him a “truth-twister”.

One well-placed insider said:

Zakir Naik is a nasty man who makes Yusuf al-Qaradawi [who has been barred from Britain] look like a participant at a teddy bears’ picnic. He shouldn’t be allowed into the country to stir up hatred.

Home Secretary, Theresa May, is facing a stiff test of the Conservative party’s claims to oppose radical Islam after her officials chose to allow Naik into Britain.

Naik is reported to have called for the execution of Muslims who change their faith, described Americans as “pigs” and said that “every Muslim should be a terrorist” (see video below).

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In opposition, David Cameron and other senior Tories led criticism of the Labour government for allowing radical preachers into Britain to stir up hatred on lecture tours. Cameron also campaigned to get Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian radical, banned from Britain.

Here’s my favourite Naik quote, taken from an earlier FT post:

Only eating of herbivorous animals is allowed by Islam. I agree that, what a person eats has an effect on his behaviour. This is one of the reasons why Islam prohibits the eating of carnivorous animals like lions, tigers, leopards, etc who are violent and ferocious. The consumption of the meat of such animals would probably make a person violent and ferocious. Islam only allows the eating of herbivorous animals like goats, cattle, sheep, etc  that are peaceful and docile. We Muslims eat peaceful and docile animals because we are peace-loving and non-violent people.

Cameron and May now face a political test over Naik.

The Home Office indicated that it was not planning to ban Naik, however.

According to reports in the Indian media, his organisation, the Islamic Research Foundation in Mumbai, was where Rahil Abdul Rehman Sheikh, suspected of being commander of a series of train bombings in Mumbai, and other alleged terrorists spent much of their time before the attacks.

The American terror suspect Najibullah Zazi, arrested last year for planning suicide attacks on the New York subway, is said to have been inspired by Naik’s YouTube videos.

The UK Border Agency said:

Each case is considered on its own merits. When assessing a visa application, we will consider the previous conduct of the individual and we will ensure the UK does not provide a platform for the promotion of violent extremism.We reserve the right to revoke someone’s visa if they are found to be promoting extreme views which are contrary to UK values.

Meanwhile it is reported here that counter terrorism officers are probing Al Qaeda threats to bomb England’s first World Cup match against the United States.

Extremists mocked up a ticket for the game splashed with blood and produced a map of South Africa with six cities ringed to indicate other targets. A map shows cities including Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg ringed and symbols representing explosions. The threats were made in Arabic on a secret website used by Al Qaeda

Accompanying text says:

To the Christian dogs in South Africa: it seems that you did not worry when we said that your blood will be spilled when we destroy the stadiums in South Africa.

Dutch footballing authorities have already banned their players’ partners from travelling to South Africa because of a threat against their squad.

And last week, the US State Department warned there was a “heightened risk” of an attack during the World Cup and urged all its citizens going to South Africa to sign up to an alert system.

England’s first match against the US on June 12 is seen as especially vulnerable because the two nations are equally hated by militants. Both MI6 and MI5 are trying to identify Al Qaeda operatives in Africa.

Liverpool winger Dirk Kuyt has spoken of his “absolute terror” of playing in South Africa with the Dutch side.

He said:

Some players don’t want to pick up the news but I do and this whole thing is terrifying but I must put my faith in the security people.

Neil Doyle, a security expert, said:

Sporting events appear to be in the crosshairs… The World Cup could offer a wide range of attractive targets.

Hat Tip: BarrieJohn and Alan

UPDATE: (June 18) Zakir Naik has been banned from entering the UK.