A medical doctor by professional training, Dr Zakir Naik is renowned as a dynamic international orator on Islam and Comparative Religion. He is the President of Islamic Research Foundation International. He is 54 years old.
In the last 24 years Dr Zakir Naik has delivered over 2,000 public talks in more than 40 countries worldwide. In April 2012, his public talk in Kishanganj, Bihar, in India was Alhamdulillah attended by over one million people being one of the largest gathering in the world for any religious lecture by a single Orator. Alhamdulillah both his talks in Jakarta, Indonesia in April 2017 and in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia in August 2019 attracted more than a 100,000 people.
Alhamdulillah Dr Zakir Naik was ranked No. 82 in the ‘100 Most Influential People in India’ list published by Indian Express in the year 2009 and ranked No. 89 in 2010. He is ranked amongst the top 70 in the Book ‘The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World’ published by Georgetown University in the last 10 editions from 2011 to 2020. In the list of ‘The Top 100 Cumulative Influence over 10 years’, Dr Zakir was ranked No. 79.
Shaikh Ahmed Deedat, the world famous orator on Islam and Comparative Religion, who had called Dr Zakir “Deedat Plus” in 1994, presented a plaque in May 2000 with the engraving, “Son what you have done in 4 years had taken me 40 years to accomplish, Alhamdulillah”.
Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, Alhamdulillah presented to Dr Zakir Naik the prestigious Dubai International Holy Quran Award’s ‘Islamic Personality of 2013’ Award on 29th July 2013,
Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, the King and head of state of Malaysia, conferred Dr Zakir Naik the highest award of Malaysia the ‘Tokoh Ma’al Hijrah Distinguished International Personality Award’ for the Year 2013 on 5th November 2013. Also presented to Dr Zakir was a citation plaque signed by the Prime Minister of Malaysia Datuk Seri Mohd. Najib Razak.
Shaikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, presented Dr Zakir Naik the ‘Sharjah Award for Voluntary Work’ for the year 2013, on 16th January 2014.
On 15th Oct. 2014 Dr Zakir Naik, Servant of Allah, was Alhamdulillah conferred ‘The Insignia of the Commander of the National Order’ of the Republic of The Gambia (the highest national award in The Gambia) by the President of The Gambia Dr Yahya Abdul Aziz Jammeh as well as The Honorary ‘Doctor of Humane Letters’ (Honoris Causa), by the Governing Council of the University of The Gambia (UTG).
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Alhamdulillah presented the prestigious ‘King Faisal International Prize’ for ‘Service to Islam’ 2015 to Dr Zakir Naik on 1st March 2015.
Dr Zakir Naik Alhamdulillah has more than 22 million followers on his Facebook, which is the highest amongst any Religious English Speaker in the world. Alhamdulillah his YouTube Channel has more than 1.6 million Subscribers.
Dr Zakir Naik appears regularly on many international TV channels in more than 175 countries of the world. More than a hundred of his talks, dialogues, debates and symposia are available on DVDs. He has authored many books on Islam and Comparative Religion.
The idealogue and driving force behind Peace TV Network is Dr Zakir Naik. He launched Peace TV English, in January 2006, it being the largest watched ‘Islamic’ as well as ‘any Religious’ Satellite TV channel in the world, with over 100 million viewership of which 25% are Non-Muslims. In its footsteps he launched Peace TV Urdu in June 2009, Peace TV Bangla in April 2011 and Peace TV Chinese in December 2015. The Peace TV Network Alhamdulillah has more than 200 million viewers. In Sha Allah, he plans to expand Peace TV Network to cover the ten major languages of the world.