Dialogue by Dr. Zakir Naik and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on the topic
The Concept of God in Hinduism and Islam
In the light of sacred scriptures
Took place in Bangalore in front of a jam packed crowd of about 50000, at the Palace Grounds on 21st Jan 2006.
In a slight change in schedule at the behest of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Dr. Zakir Naik presented his talk first .
“The difference between Hindus and Muslims happens to be just a small apostrophe in the way they think. Hindus think that everything — sun, moon, stars, water, snake, earth and all — is God. Muslims, on the other hand, think that everything is God’s creation. Hence the difference between the two is just the apostrophe.” This is how Dr Zakir Naik began the dialogue.
Zakir talked about concept of God in Hinduism and Islam in the light of religious scriptures.
During last 20 minutes, he quoted the book authored by Ravishankar and brought various errors in the same. Dr Naik quoted extensively from Hindu and Islamic scriptures. “The best way to understand religion is to learn them from the scriptures,” Dr Naik said.
This was followed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s talk. Ravishankar quoted that “we don’t need study of various scripture to understand God!”. He spoke about importance of loving each other. He spoke for about 35 minutes, out of his alloted 60 minutes.
Then again Dr. Zakir Naik came in to respond to the talk of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
This was followed by a very interesting Open Question and Answer session. First three questions were directed at Ravishankar that he should have talked about “concept of God” nothing else. He accepted that the book written by him, was published in hurry and came forward to acknowledge it openly that it contains errors. He informed the enlightened audience that he would not publish the second edition. Dr. Zakir thanked him for this noble decision!