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NIA refers to 14 globally known Islamic preachers whose sermons influence people

August 01, 2016 08:11 AM

NEW DELHI: Even as a probe is on against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, the National Investigation Agency's (NIA) latest chargesheet against Islamic State refers to 14 globally recognized preachers, based in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and Zimbabwe, whose lectures/sermons directly or indirectly influenced suspects.

The NIA chargesheet said arrested IS member Mohammad Farhan Shaikh from Mumbra, Maharashtra, "got self-radicalized during his stay in Ajman (UAE) by listening to provocative Islamic lectures and speeches of Anjem Choudhary, Yasir Qadhi, Majid Mahmood, Yousuf Estes, Mufti Menk, Hamza Yusuf, Hamza Tzortzis, Imran Mansoor and Omar El Banna".



Though theseIslamic preachers+ have not been named as suspects or accused, the interrogation of arrested IS members has revealed that they heard and watched "provocative" lectures and speeches of these scholars.

Some of the well-known names mentioned in the NIA chargesheet include UK-based Anjem Choudhary, Hamza Andreas Tzortzis, Imran Mansoor, Mizanur Rahman and Abu Waleed, US-based Yasir Qadhi, Yusuf Estes, Hamza Yusuf and Ahmad Musa Jibril, Australia-based Musa Cerantonio, Shaikh Feiz Mohammad and Omar El Banna, Zimbabwe-based Mufti Menk and Canada-based Majid Mahmood.

Many of these preachers openly condemn the terror activities of outfits like IS and Al Qaida while some have supported and justified it.

The NIA chargesheet said arrested IS member Mohammad Farhan Shaikh from Mumbra, Maharashtra, "got self-radicalized during his stay in Ajman (UAE) by listening to provocative Islamic lectures and speeches of Anjem Choudhary, Yasir Qadhi, Majid Mahmood, Yousuf Estes, Mufti Menk, Hamza Yusuf, Hamza Tzortzis, Imran Mansoor and Omar El Banna". It added that "Farhan started actively collecting information on IS after declaration of caliphate in June 2014".

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