He is a popular figure on various satellite and international TV channels all around the world and he answers the questions raised by his audience about Islam using the Quran and authentic Hadith. He has learnt these by heart and each of his answers is validated by the exact number of the Surah as it appears in the Quran. His knowledge extends not only to the Bible and the Torah (the Jewish scriptures) but also includes the Indian holy books like the Mahabharata and the Bhagwat Gita. In addition to his extensive religious knowledge he has also learnt scientific and mathematical facts by heart and these are used in his lectures to reply to questions posed by the audience. The audience does not just comprise of Muslims but Non Muslims alike.
He is regularly quizzed and interviewed by the media worldwide, specially on “Why Islam conflicts with issues of women’s rights, human rights, modern science and secularism?” .But his dynamic resolve to dispel “media myths” about Islam with facts, specific references and in proper context stands out to rectify or neutralize the prejudice or bias (if any) about Islam.
One example of his abilities was revealed during an airport incident in Los Angeles. Where the security precaution post-9/11 has spawned complaints by visiting Muslims about harassment, especially over their inability to express themselves well enough to give convincing answers. But not for Dr. Zakir Naik, , who landed in Los Angeles airport on October 12 for a day’s visit to receive an award for Service to Islam and humanity given by the International Islamic Internet University in Los Angeles.
With his beard and Islamic skullcap, Dr. Naik did not escape notice at Los Angeles airport and so was immediately hauled in for questioning. After he was taken to the investigation room for question and answers, the custom officers started asking the question about different topics and also asked about his views on Sep 11 attacks he condemned the attacks, then the officers asked about the word “JIHAD”, he started quoting from several versions of the Bible, the Holy Quran, the Talmud and the Torah (the Jewish scriptures), the Mahabharata and the Bhagwat Gita (the Hindu holy books), and other scriptures he know by heart. And he proved that the concept of true “JIHAD” is not only Islamic but universal. Custom officers became curious and started putting more and more question; he continued to reply with his wisdom, knowledge and logic. Afterwards custom officers told that they were just astonished and they had never seen a person with so much knowledge.
He continues to amaze people with his genius personality and continues to travel around the word giving lectures and conducting Dawah training programs including international training programs for training Muslims to effectively convey the message of Islam.