Zakir Abdul Karim Naik was born on 18 October 1965 in Mumbai, India. He attended St. Peter’s High School in Mumbai. Later he enrolled at Kishinchand Chellaram College, before studying medicine at Topiwala National Medical College and Nair Hospital and later the University of Mumbai, where he obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS). His wife, Farhat Naik, works for the women’s section of the IRF.

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In 1991 he started working in the field of Dawah, and founded the IRF. Naik says he was inspired by Ahmed Deedat, an Islamic preacher, having met him in 1987. (Naik is sometimes referred to as “Deedat plus”, a label given to him by Deedat himself.) Naik says that his goal is to “concentrate on the educated Muslim youth who have become apologetic about their own religion and have started to feel the religion is outdated.” ]He considers it a duty of every Muslim to remove perceived misconceptions about Islam and to counter what he views as the Western media’s anti-Islamic bias in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. Some of his articles are published in magazines such asIslamic Voice.

Anthropologist Thomas Blom Hansen has written that Naik’s style of memorising the Quran and Hadith literature in various languages, and his related missionary activity, has made him extremely popular in Muslim and non-Muslim circles. Many of his debates are recorded and widely distributed in video and DVD media and online. His talks are usually recorded in English and broadcast on weekends on several cable networks in Mumbai’s Muslim neighbourhoods, and on the Peace TV channel, which he co-produces. Topics he speaks on include: “Islam and Modern Science”, “Islam and Christianity”, and “Islam and secularism”. Naik is the founder of the Islamic International School in Mumbai.


39 thoughts on “Biography

  1. Asalamu Alikum dear muslim brothers,
    It will be my pleasure if came to know about the differences in between SADQA and KAIRAT in the light of Quran. Can a person do sadqa on his own kids who live with him?


    • Wa-lykum Salaam

      1. Sadaqa is any charity given to the poor or the needy and also anything you give to your parents, wife or children.

      2. ‘Khairat’ is a Hindi/Urdu word which probably means the same thing. (i.e. donation/charity)

      3. It is not permissible to give Obligatory Zakat to those on whom one is obliged to spend, such as parents and children. Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “The Muslim cannot give his zakaah to his parents or to his children; rather he has to spend on them from his wealth if they need that and he is able to spend on them.”
      The scholars are unanimously agreed that it is not permissible to give obligatory zakaah – which includes sadaqat al-fitr – to those on whom one is obliged to spend, such as parents and children.

      So in your case the money you give to your kids is normal charity, sadaqa as you can call it and insha’allah Allah subhanwatala will reward you for it.
      but the obligatory zakaat (i.e. 2.5% of your saving if you have more than the nisaab level every lunar year) you need to give to the deserving miskeen, fuqurah etc.


      Best Regards!


  2. assalamwalaikum, i would like to know what will happen to the spirits of nonmuslims after death, no doubt i know the azab starts suddenly after there death,but from tv shows like (fear files…etc) we can see they will be present near graveyard and they come in other body. Even my uncle is famous peer, he is having many jins and spirits under his control, i asked him many such questions but he dint gave the exact answers.


  3. asalam u alaikum brother this is zohair from pakistan i would like to know from you that as you have said many times during you lectures that it is the duty of every muslim to spread message of islam to non muslims but what about those who are qaadyaani aur shia if they are not muslims how can one tell them that they are wrong


  4. Are you a qaadyaani mr. naik. and you have stolen the book of molana abdul huq from which you answer all the questions of you momin friends and molana abdul huq is also a qaadyaani. please answer if you can.


  5. asalam u alaikum brother this is Farhat Ullah Dawar from North Waziristan agency pakistan i would like to know about admission procedure for kids in Islamic international institution of Bombay. i have two kids one son and one daughter i want to admit my babes in the said institution. they are small but i want to prepare for this. i will be thankful to know.


  6. Assalamwalaikum Dr Zakir Naik.
    My name is Varoona katoorah
    I am a hindu but I perform namaz for 3 years I fast on Ramadan .I really need ur help it very important and personal who can I contact u please let me know.Thank u.


  7. Indeed it is interesting to have knowledge in successful people like Adul Karim Naik, please can we get brieft explanation on his nature of studies and how committed his is in education?
    Number of child and nature of his principle with how he dealing with issue
    Engr. B. G. Mustapha asce,


  8. May Allah protect Dr. Zakir Abdukarim Naike. with enemy’s (shadhan) and bless PEACE TV together with me, my family and Muslim brotherhood


  9. Assalam alaykum warahmatullahi,lam a student of Dr Bilal Abu Ameenah Phillips at lslamic online university,lam doing a degree in lslamic studies ,l find it had to memorize issues of lslam refering to hadeeth,l admire you Dr zakir and you inspired me …..what procedures should l take inorder to memorize and give dawah with good explanation


  10. allah is the one god i agree who named god is allah , human or god came and tell people that my name is allah and i am the only god is this world


  11. Assalamualaikum Can you please recommend me any authentic website (like regarding the da’wah methodology of dr. Zakir naik as i have to write an important assignment on the topic of “Current salafi da’ai figures and their da’wah methodology”.


  12. Dr. zakir Naik what a wonderful, gifted and miraculous preacher, scholar, peace-maker and brother are you? GOD BLESSINGS


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