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Mohammed drops in for Zakir lecture

It was a pleasant surprise on 19 July for more than 5,000 people attending an Islamic lecture at the Ramadan Forum when Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, walked in unannounced. Calm and composed, he surprised the show’s organisers by going and sitting in the audience instead of walking up to the front row. Sitting comfortably in the fourth row, Shaikh Mohammed paid keen attention to the lecture on “Qur’an and Modern Science” by Dr Zakir Naik. Later he walked out of the hall from a side entrances without disturbing the lecture. Later, speaking to media, Naik expressed his happiness over Shaikh Mohammed’s surprise visit. “It is an honour for me that he came for the lecture. It really shows his generosity and simplicity. I could not see him but later I was told he was among the audience.” Naik’s powerful lecture led three people to embrace Islam in public. Mikhail Poll, a 28-year-old Russian who converted to Islam at the lecture, said Naik’s talks had been an inspiration. (Muaz Shabandri, Khaleej Times)


This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 August 2013 on page no. 13

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