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Zakir Naik joins Twitter debate raked after Zaira Wasim's quote from Quran

Zakir Naik also hailed Zaira Wasim's decision to quit Bollywood - the Indian film industry

Tuesday June 2, 2020 8:49 PM, ummid.com News Network

Zakir Naik Supports Zaira Wasim

Mumbai: Zaira Wasim, the Dangal girl who quit Bollywood last year, found a supporter in Dr Zakir Naik after being trolled on Twitter for quoting a verse - an Ayah, from the Holy Quran over locust attack.

Zakir Naik, who is based in Malaysia since 2016 and is wanted in India on charges of money-laundering which he denies, uploaded a video extending his support for Zaira Wasim.

Emphasising Zaira Wasim's post was "very much relevant", Naik in the video titled "We Support Zaira Wasim’s Decision to Quit Bollywood and Spread the Message of Islam on Social Media" said, "she should continue studying the Quran, continue mentioning verses of Quran on Twitter and social media".

Zakir Naik posted the video on Facebook after Zaira was trolled on Twitter for quoting from the Holy Quran.

"So We sent upon them the flood and locusts and lice and frogs and blood: Signs openly self-explained: but they were steeped in arrogance—a people given to sin -Qur'an 7:133 (sic)," Zaira wrote on Twitter.

Naik also hailed Zaira Wasim's decision to quit the film industry. Stressing that "most part of Bollywood is not appropriate for a practising Muslim", Naik added that "It takes a lot of courage and sacrifice for a person famous in Bollywood to quit the industry."

"Allah will reward Zaira multiple times more than the sin she was doing", Naik said.

Why only Zaira?

Interestingly, ever since the news of locust attacks broke, people in India have been looking up Biblical passages on the event to understand what the religious book says about the event.

Locust attacks have been a part of nearly all religious textbooks. Ancient Greeks talked about locust attacks and so did Sanskrit poems dating back to 747 BC.

"If looking for religious context in the Bible is fine, what exactly is wrong with a verse from the Quran? Is that Islamophobia speaking?" Sana Fazili poses a question writing for CNN News18.

Zaira hits back

After a lull of few days, Zaira Wasim too hit back at her critics saying her tweet was blown out of proportion and taken out of context.

"My tweet was completely taken out of context and blown out of proportion and none of the opinions, whether good or bad, define the reality of my intentions", she wrote.

“Any Ayah (verse) from the Qurán cannot be interpreted in isolation, it’s understood in the context of when, why and to whom it was revealed”, she said in a rejoinder posted on Twitter.

Interestingly, she ended her note with "P.S.: I am not an actress anymore"

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