Controversial preacher Zakir Naik awarded the King Faisal international prize for promoting Islam through his hugely popular Peace TV channel. The Indian-born Islamic preacher who has called the 9/11 attacks an “inside job” received one of Saudi Arabia’s most prestigious prizes on Sunday, for “service to Islam.”
The Guardian via TROP Zakir Naik, president of the Islamic Research Foundation in India, was one of five recipients of the King Faisal international prize from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman during a ceremony at a luxury Riyadh hotel.
Naik was honoured for being one of the most renowned non-Arabic speaking promoters of Islam. He founded the Peace TV channel, billed as the world’s only channel specialising in comparative religion. “Islam is the only religion that can bring peace to the whole of humanity,” he said in a video biography aired at the ceremony.
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