India Today wrote in this article:

During their conversation with the SIT, Mufti made startling claims that Dr Naik extended benefits to converts. "They were formally paid and got converted," the cleric alleged when a reporter asked whether a number of Hindus had indeed changed their belief after listening to Dr Naik's speeches. "He (the televangelist) gives benefits. He gives a lot of benefits. Not just like that," Khan added. "If one converts, he gives a lot of support. He helps them stand in the community," the businessman continued. In his claims, Mufti also alleged Saudi funding behind Dr Naik's proselytising programs. "Especially if Saudi Arabia is funding, they (the Saudis) would get to know he's doing that work for them, making non-Muslims accept Islam. If he doesn't do that, his funding from there will stop," the religious leader said.

Is there any evidence of Dr. Zakir Naik paying people to convert to Islam?


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A Mumbai police report found that Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation (IRF):

lured the youth to convert to Islam by paying them anything between Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 50,000

Source: Zakir Naik's IRF paid Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 to lure youth to convert to Islam: Mumbai Police report International Business Times 10 August 2016

However, since the complete police report is not publicly available at this time, it is not possible to evaluate the nature of the evidence against him.

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    @MohammadSakibArifin Do you have anything to corroborate your dispute? Dec 29, 2016 at 20:43
  • @DavidGrinberg He supports the mainstream salafi movement which is currently at war with Daesh. The claim simply doesn't make any sense. It's based on a dead report which says Dhaka attackers followed him on social media. Dec 30, 2016 at 9:11
  • @MohammadSakibArifin-It is also alleged that terror suspects such as Mohammad Ibrahim Yazdani, Najibullah Zazi, Kafeel Ahmed were inspired by Dr. Zakir Naik-theweek.in/news/india/…. Is that untrue? You can also inspired to form a question on this too-indiatoday.intoday.in/story/… like you did on my prior answer :) Dec 30, 2016 at 11:11
  • @pericles316 Look, Indian government fakes a lot of things. I can prove some of them to be untrue but when it comes to investigations, they often fabricate evidence to keep the public cool. If they don't lie about some things, then riots will start. Lie is better than riots. Feb 18, 2017 at 17:00
  • @MohammadSakibArifin-So Najibullah Zazi the Afghan-American was also a fake planted by the Indian government and his accusation of planning suicide bombings on the New York City Subway system is also untrue? Feb 20, 2017 at 16:32

According to Firstpost, Mumbai police has made allegations of paying to convert against Zakir. But they aren't proven yet.

The Mumbai Police has recommended that the state book Islamic preacher Zakir Naik under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and ban his Islamic Research Foundation (IRF). In a 72-page report on the investigation conducted into Naik's alleged terror links submitted to the home department, the Mumbai Police alleged that Naik had used IRF for 'unlawful activities'.

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