Zakir A Naik won the esteemed King Faisal International Prize
Renowned personality Dr Zakir A Naik, who is a non- Arabic Indian Scholar has won the esteemed King Faisal International Prize for his service to Islam.
Professor Omar Mwannes Yaghi from the US and Professor Michael Gratzel from Switzerland were declared the co-winners of the prize in the Science category (Chemistry). Professor Jeffrey Ivan Gordon from the US was declared winner of the prize in medicine.
Mumbai-based Islamic scholar is 49 years old and the founder of Islamic Research Foundation of India. He has done his MBBS from Nair College in Mumbai, but chose to preach Islam.
He runs an Islamic international school and a research centre in Mumbai. He mainly speaks on topics such as “Islam and Modern Science“, “Islam and Christianity” and “Islam and secularism“. His wife, Farhat Naik, works for the women’s section of the IRF.
The prestigious award contains a prize of a handwritten Arabic certificate, a commemorative 24-carat 200gm gold medal and a cash award of 7.5 Lakh Saudi Riyal. Dr Zakir Naik is considered as the most influential preacher who also conducts inter-religion seminars at international level.