The Indian government has once again extended the ban on Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), an organization of staunch Wahhabi and Salafi scholar Dr. Zakir Abdul Karim Naik alias Dr. Zakir Naik, for five more years.
The Government of India has declared IRFs illegal under the provisions of Section 3(1) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) 1967.
Recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs constructed a tribunal under the chairmanship of Chief Justice of Delhi High Court DN Patel to inquire into the ban on IRF. Meanwhile, the ban on IRF was found to be correct in the investigation. According to the notification of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Zakir Naik and his organization IRF are involved in activities that threaten the security of the country, damage peace and communal harmony, encourage youth to commit terrorist acts. Moreover, he propagates his hardcore ideology through his satellite channel, Peace TV.
Further, Peace TV and various social media accounts telecasted all his misleading preaching. From where billions of people can see hear and read him. Due to this reason, not only India but Bangladesh, Canada, Sri Lanka, and the united kingdom also have banned Peace TV. Apart from this, he and his organization IRF also have a large network on social media. Consequently, official social media accounts of Zakir Naik and IRF are banned in India. But, Zakir Naik had already established a network in the country before leaving India, which is involved in the propagation of his ideology. Most importantly, this network works very efficiently and systematically.
In which we explained to our readers, how Zakir Naik’s radical ideology is spreading not only at the ground level but also on social media especially on Twitter. But, from time to time the legal action against Zakir Naik is displayed as cruelty on the Muslim community. They also made attempts to give misleading messages to the Muslim community especially the youth that if a person like Zakir Naik is not safe in India then how can a common Muslim remain safe?
In the same vein, we will analyze some more Twitter accounts in this part. The major Salafi organizations and their chiefs are considered a supporter of Zakir Naik in India.
Faizan Ibn Sirajuddin
Faizan Ibn Sirajuddin has a Twitter handle by the name of @ibnsirajuddin. Which is working very secretly. There is no specific information about this account other than being active from Ahmedabad. The profile picture of the account on Twitter is also fake. But, we found many tweets in support of Zakir Naik and IRF on his handle.
An analysis of all the above tweets reveals that all Faizan had made these tweets after the escape of Zakir Naik from India in July 2016. Therefore, it is clear from seeing the tweet that he made numerous attempts to show Zakir Naik as the messiah of Muslims. Above all, Zakir was targeted for raising the voice of Muslims in India. Along with this, he tried to prove that Zakir Naik is against terrorism. Also, he used the #SupportZakirNaik hashtag in all these tweets. Therefore, all his actions confirm that he is trying to gather support for Zakir Naik.
Analysis of the timeline of Faizan ibn Sirajuddin
The timeline shows that Faizan was most active between June 2016 and 2017.
The most common words used from this account are “Zakir naik”, “Muslim”, “India” “Allah” etc.
The most mentioned accounts according to the graph are @peace_moin for 140 times, @aidcaofficial 162 times, and @aidcamedia 60 times.
The graph shows Faizan has mentioned #supportzakirnaik for more than 190 accounts, then #Rapeforbeef and #Qurbani are on the chart.
The graph shows @YasirPost @PeaceMoin and @TakeNoteOk are the 3 topmost followers of Faizan.
The full name of ICGF is Islamic Call and Guidance Foundation (ICGF). It is a non-profit Islamic organization with Twitter handle @peace_icgf. ICGF also operates from Ahmedabad in Gujarat. The organization claims that it promotes peace in society through the unity of God. However, ICGF is affiliated with the All India Claims Center Association (AIDCA) operating from Mumbai, Maharashtra. AIDCA is involved in spreading the ideology of Zakir Naik. Meanwhile, AIDCA is active on Twitter with accounts @AIDCAofficial and @AidcaMedia. Meanwhile, AIDCA had trended #ZakirsLetterToIndians and #JusticeToZakir in support of Zakir Naik. We have analyzed both the accounts in Part 1: Zakir Naik’s organization was banned but his mission is still in progress.
A campaign was launched by the ICGF in support of Zakir Naik in early July 2016. The #SupportZakirNaik hashtag was used in all these tweets. After this #ZakirsLetterToIndians was used. Above all, many of these tweets were also tweeted from the account of Faizan Ibn SirajUddin. In these tweets also, they attempted to show Zakir Naik as the messiah of Muslims. Also, they portrayed Zakir as he is against terrorism. Apart from this, the most important thing is that they also used the #AIDCASupportZakirNaik hashtag. And, this can be seen in tweet number-7. Along with this, the video in tweet number- 9 targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Zakir Naik also went viral.
ICGF timeline analysis:-
The timeline shows this account is Highly active from July to December 2017.
According to this word cloud, the most used words are “Zakirnaik”, “Mohiuddin Ibn”,” Ibn Nasrullah”
The below graph shows the account mentioned in the tweets of peace_icgf. The most mentioned account was @adicaOfficial with @peace_moin & @adicamedia in line.
FollowersICGF’s followers also include some big accounts like @SenRehmanMalik, @YasirPost, @PeaceMoin, etc
MOINUDDIN IBN NASRULLAH (@peaceMoin)
Moinuddin Nasrullah Khan Pathan alias Moinuddin Ibn Nasrullah, a resident of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, is a staunch supporter of Zakir Naik. He addresses himself as a writer and speaker on Islam and socio-politics. Moinuddin was influenced by Zakir Naik since his college days. Therefore, he spreads the ideology of Zakir Naik through seminars across the country including Ahmedabad. Further, he is the Director of Al-Mizan Garments (Pvt) Limited and the Founder-Chairman of the Islamic Call and Guidance Foundation.
Apart from this, he is also the Founder-Director of Al-Falah Islamic School, Ahmedabad, which was established in the year 2015. Further, he is also associated with ICGF and Aida. In addition, Moinuddin had openly defended Zakir Naik after the terrorist attack in Dhaka. He was found supporting Zakir Naik in several media debates. In which the Halla Bol program of Aaj Tak on 26-7-2016 is prominent. Moreover, Moinuddin also supported Zakir Naik and his organization IRF on Twitter.
His timeline shows he was most active from Dec -2019 to June 2020.
The most used words from his account are “Indian”, “Kashmir”, “Muslim”, “viroid” “police” etc.
@YashiPost was the most mentioned account followed by @comlearn_islam.
These accounts highly used hashtags like Islamophia_in_India, #KnowIslam, #SharjeelourLeader.
Some of his followers include famous accounts like @मिलिगाज़ेट, @TANYA__GAUTAM, @Muskan_Siddi, etc.
SUBAI – JAMIAT AHLE HADEES MUMBAI
Subai Jamiat Ahle Hadees is a non-profit organization (NGO). It operates from Kurla, Mumbai. This organization is also a supporter of Zakir Naik and his fanatical ideology. Above all, the organization had also issued a letter demanding the removal of the ban on Zakir Naik and his organization.
He made his account in Oct-2015 and is still active.
This graph shows all the hashtags used in the tweets.
Parvez Khan (@parvezsio) is reportedly an activist of the Students Islamic Organization of India (SIO). SIO is the student organization of Jamaat-e-Islami. Apart from this, he also describes himself as the founder of the Al Khidmat Foundation. Parvez has also been found supporting Zakir Naik.
From the analysis, this account was highly active from Dec 2019 to Jan 2020.
The most common words from these accounts are “Muslim”, “viroid”,” Bharat” “police”, CAA, etc.
The most mentioned accounts from his account are @PeaceMoin @anuragkashap and @007qaqa.
The most used hashtags are Allahu Akbar, #ISupportTahirHussain, #IslamophobicIndianMedia.
This account is having 973 followers with famous accounts like @ela_mishra, @lmchaudhary, @SunilAh64145529, etc.
That is to say, after examining and analyzing all the above accounts, we found that all these accounts were linked with each other. Also, they used some common hashtags, which are #SupportZakirNaik and #ZakirsLetterToIndians. Most importantly, many tweets made in support of Zakir Naik also have the same format. Likewise, some of them have similar words. A toolkit has been released specifically to campaign in support of Zakir Naik. Most of the mentioned accounts are also common. Apart from this, looking at all the word clouds we can see that these accounts also used common words like Zakir Naik, India, Kashmir, terrorism, CAA, NRC, etc. Moreover, the timeline for some accounts to remain active is also the same.
Hence, the above analysis proves that Zakir Naik was supported in a planned manner in India. Which continued not only at the ground level but also on social media. So that these people can pressurize the Indian Government to withdraw the ban imposed on Zakir Naik and his organization