With his appeal against an exclusion order remaining undecided, controversial Islamic preacher and tele-evangelist Dr Zakir Naik has chosen to circumvent the ban on him from entering Britain by going back to the medium which made him famous in the first place.
On Friday night, Naik will address a few hundred students at the Oxford Union, considered one of the most prestigious debating societies in the world, via satellite video link from Mumbai. It will be his first speech to Britons since the exclusion order.
Naik’s 45-minute speech is due to start past midnight Indian time and will be followed by questions from students at the university town who are members of the union, formed in 1823 to promote free speech. “I will be speaking on Islam in the 21st century,” Naik told The Indian Express. “This is an opportunity to clear many misconceptions about Islam.”
February 11, 2011, Indian Express