Pakistan is committed neglect (Sin) by funding the construction of Sri Krishna Mandir (temple) in its capital Islamabad, said the controversial priest and founder of the Zakir Naik Islamic Research Foundation.
Responding to the question whether a temple can be built with Muslim taxpayers’ money in an Islamic country, the preacher, who fled India to Malaysia in 2016, said in his video channel that “a Muslim cannot contribute, support or build a house of worship from non-Muslims “.
A controversy arose in Pakistan regarding Prime Minister Imran Khan who allocated 10 crore rupees of Pakistan (around Rs 4.47 Indian crore) for the construction of Shri Krishna Mandir to serve around 3,000 Hindus living in the capital city of Islamabad.
The temple was granted a construction permit in Pakistan from the Nawaz Sharif government in 2017. This is the first Hindu temple to get such a permit. However, the construction has been hit by various obstacles including administrative delays.
Permission to build temples on half a hectare of land has been granted as part of Pakistan’s policy to renovate existing non-Muslim religious spaces and build new ones.
However, the construction experienced several problems cleric (Muslim scholars) object to that. Recently, a young man damaged the temple’s foundation walls with a viral video.
Also, a child, less than five years old, was seen threatening Imran Khan that he would “kill all Hindus” if the temple was allowed to be built. Pakistani social media has also witnessed several attempts to undermine Khan’s image for allowing the construction of temples.
Naik, in his weekly video program, responded to questions from his followers and others, said that priest and cleric They agreed in their view that a Muslim cannot donate his money to build a non-Muslim synagogue.
“There are several fatwa (ruling) that a Muslim cannot donate or build or support a non-Muslim house of worship. “For centuries, scholars have maintained this,” he said.
That The Quran while encouraging Muslims to work together with non-Muslims “to help truth and piety” not support cooperation “in sin and transgression”.
Therefore, a Muslim associated with the construction of a non-Muslim house of worship neglect. “How can a Muslim support …?” asked Naik, who faces charges of provoking communal disharmony and engaging in unlawful activities that triggered terror in India.
Responding to direct questions about Pakistani funding, the preacher said that haram (prohibited) according to Sharia (Islamic law) for an Islamic state to pay or contribute to the house of worship of a non-Muslim, be it a church temple.
The word Naik fatwa it has also stated that a Muslim living in an Islamic country cannot inherit his inheritance, for example one third of his property, to a temple or for non-Islamic purposes.
“Even if a non-Muslim living in an Islamic country bequeaths his wealth to be used as a place of worship, that should not be permitted.
“Fuqaha (experts in Islamic law) have agreed that even non-Muslim money cannot be used to build a temple on Muslim lands. So where is the question about using Muslim money or taxpayers’ money (to build a temple)? “he wondered.
Further discussing this issue, Naik said that a non-Muslim signed a contract to become a Dhimmi (non-Muslims who seek legal protection) under Islamic rules and this provides protection for non-Muslims.
However, no money can be spent even on renovation or expansion of non-Muslim places of worship.
“If a non-Muslim house of worship is expanded by Muslim rule, there is full right to destroy it. There is no permit (according to Islamic law) to build a new temple or church. Islamic countries can only protect existing ones, “Naik said.
Stating that Pakistan is an Islamic state, preachers say that “if cleric and others object to funding for temple construction, I fully agree with them “.
“How can Pakistan spend government money on temple construction. The maximum that can be done is to protect the existing ones, “he said.
Some Islamic countries allocate land and fund construction of non-Muslim houses of worship, which is wrong. This is very contrary to preaching in Indonesia The Quran and must be stopped, he added.
Naik now lives in Putrajaya, the capital region of Malaysia. Its presence there has affected bilateral relations between India and Malaysia.
He is also believed to have influenced the main suspect in the Easter bombing in Sri Lanka last year which killed 290 people.
India has tried to repatriate it, but Malaysia opposes it because the government in power there feels it will face a backlash from Muslims, who comprise more than 60 percent of the population.