Dialogue by Dr. Zakir Naik and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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.

190 Min

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!


  1. Amarnath vs Haj

    The unfortunate events in Jammu & Kashmir regarding the transfer of land by the government to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board call for each one’s urgent attention and involvement.

    What began as a simple effort to facilitate Amarnath pilgrims has suddenly developed communal and political overtones. This is appalling when compared to the facilities offered to the Haj and the Vaishno Devi pilgrims.

    In an attempt to bring this to the attention of every responsible citizen of India, we would like you to have the benefit of some facts stated below.

    In keeping with public policy statements, the Government of India makes elaborate arrangements for the welfare of Haj pilgrims and strives to improve the facilities provided to them every year. That is how it should be. The Government of India, and the ministry of external affairs in particular, deserves credit for providing perhaps the best arrangements that any government makes for their Haj pilgrims.

    For eg: As reported in a newspaper article, here are the facts about the facilities provided to Haj pilgrims.

    1. To begin with, the government provides an airfare subsidy to about 100,000 pilgrims selected by the Haj Committee of India who go for Haj annually. Pilgrims pay only Rs 12,000 for their air travel. This figure has remained unchanged for at least a decade or more. According to official figures, this subsidy was Rs 280 crores in 2006, or about Rs 28,000 per pilgrim. Today, with rising fuel prices, this figure would have gone up to Rs 350-400 crore. There is also a seperate Haj Terminal at Delhi International Airport.

    2. There is a separate Haj cell in the ministry of external affairs. The Haj Committee of India has its own premises in Mumbai. Similarly the State Haj Committees have their own premises in various other Indian cities. These facilities have been built on land provided by the state governments.

    3. Accommodation in Mecca and Medina is decided keeping in mind the need to provide maximum convenience and comfort to the pilgrims. Typically, all accommodation has lifts, telephones, running water, electricity and telephone at the minimum. There is total computerisation of pilgrim location and movement.

    4. For Haj 2007, a contingent of 115 doctors (including 63 specialists with post-graduate degrees) and 141 nurses and other para-medical staff, 3 coordinators, 46 assistant Haj officers, 165 Haj assistants and 186 Khadimul Hujjaj were sent from India on short-term deputation to Saudi Arabia. Special attention is given to medical facilities for the pilgrims.

    5. Some of the facilities provided by the government are: arrangements for polio, meningitis and influenza vaccinations for pilgrims before departure; a 75-bed hospital and 12 branch offices-cum-dispensaries in Mecca; a 15-bed hospital and 6 branch offices-cum-dispensaries in Medina; three medical teams at Jeddah airport to provide medical care round the clock to Haj pilgrims; 17 ambulances in Mecca and Medina; supply of medicines, medical supplies and critical medical equipment from India. All this adds up to the total money spent by the government to facilitate a hassle-free Haj pilgrimage each year for tens of thousands of Muslims from India.

    What is due to one community by logic and fair practice is due to another. And yet in a discriminatory treatment lakhs of pilgrims who have been going to Amarnath for years have been denied basic human facilities. The question is what took them so long to consider these facilities and not whether or not they should be provided.

    There isn’t any adequate medical and sanitary facilities for the pilgrims of Amarnath Shrine. As the agitation continues, it has been reported that a water bottle costing Rs 14 was sold at Rs 70. And a khacchar or a pony that took pilgrims at the cost of Rs 1,500 charged an abominable Rs 10,000. Compare this with the subsidies for Haj Pilgrims. Buses of pilgrims were also stoned by unruly elements.

    The whole agitation was started by the Peoples Democratic Party on the absurd presumption that providing these basic facilities to the travelling pilgrims will result in a changed “eco-cultural character” of the state. Does this imply that Kashmir only has a “Muslim” character?

    Kashmir originally and lawfully belongs to both Hindus and Muslims. Nevertheless, 4,00,000 Kashmiri Pandits were driven out of Kashmir and are living as refugees and now even the very thought of Hindus settling in Kashmir is creating such violent repercussions. Is this a sign of a secular, healthy, fair society?

    Even if we were to presume that it has a Muslim character, how can travelling pilgrims possibly change eco-cultural character of a place. Can there be a likelihood of someone settling down at the height of 13,500 ft? There can not be any possibility of Hindus settling down in the proposed land.

    It is ironical that though the Hindus are being denied basic hospitable facilities to enable their pilgrimage, the temporary, pre-fabricated shelters built by the Amarnath Shrine Board were dismantled and sent for emergency relief operations during the earthquake in Kashmir in October 2005. “About 60-70 pre-fab shelters were sent to Uri and Tangdhar, where they housed thousands,” a senior Government official is reported to have said. “The Amarnath Board also sent pre-fab toilets. There was no objection from any political party at that point.”

    For centuries pilgrims have been making the arduous trip to Amarnath cave without any benefit from the state. They have to depend to private philanthropy for food, accommodation and other facilities. It is shameful that people have lived in torn taurpaulin tents. But a caring State in independent India can and should do more.

    1. we never compare haj&amrnath.bcoz our government send more money to yatra than haj.the problem is kashmir land is belongs to kashmiri’s,not belongs to indian government.so how can indian government give it to any one’s yatra.
      u don’t know about kashmiri’s problem.no one in india can’t buy a single bit land from kashmir.then how can it belongs to india.

  2. Blessing to you all Readers who believe in the Unity of ALMIGHTY ALLAH!
    Yes its very sad that though Islam propagate peace many we Muslims hate other Religions & other sects.
    We all true believers in Islam Must learn from the following:
    When Islam was at its infancy, a group of Idol worshippers asked Holy Prophet if
    HE worships their idols for a few days, in turn they will Worship ALLAH (SWT)
    Our Holy Prophet Mohammed(MSA) did not declare war against them nor abused them!
    He politely told them He will await answer from ALLAH!
    Then Holy Angel Gabriel came with the message from ALLAH
    ” Sura Kafirun”
    Tell them what they worship you donot, & who you worship they donot for you your way & for them theirs.
    No message to kill anyone. How peaceful the message.

    Next in the Battle of Bador, Hazrat Ali(RA) was about to decapitate an enemy who then spat on the face of Hazarat Ali(RA). Hazrat Ali withdrew his sword from his throat.
    The Enemy laughed & asked him the reason : Hazrat Ali replied He was fighting for the cause of Islam & not for personal enmity, When enemy spat on His face He got furious with personal hate & If He would have killed him It would be treated killing
    the enemy in wrath and not for the cause of Islam. The enemy came to find the
    Holy path of Islam & then Immedialtly accepted Islam. Thats the beauty of Islam.
    Islam does not allow innocent Killings or hate against any one, abusing any Church or Temple.
    I myself exchange greetings with Sikhs, Hindus & Jews.
    I believe once a Muslim believes in ALLAH SWT after that we must love all
    irrespective of colour or creed. Forthem their Religions & for me mine. Hate does never exist.
    Thats what Peace TV of DR.Zakir Nayak is Propagating. He is a highly learned person with ALLAH gifted acumen! Thank you.

    1. bilal why u r believing on a website which shows edited videos and talks out of context.i think that site is created by an enemy of islam.please buy a collection of zakir naik ‘s dvd’s and then see the great knowledge of zakir naik.he is really great person.

  3. Dear IRF brothers,
    Assalam-o-Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah-e- Wa Barakatuh,
    My name is Baz Mohammad, working in UNAMA Jalalabad Afghanistan. My wife and I have gone for Haj.
    My wife said we will go again. I said to her you go to Macca, and I will go visit Dr. Zakir Naik. We both may come to Mumbai India.
    I would like to visit my extremely respectful and honorable brother Dr. Zakir Naik, shake hands with him and if he allows me to kiss his beard and take one photo while kissing his beard.
    In order to achieve this very sacred objective of mine, I would like to know when specifically Dr. Zakir Naik will be there in Mombai ? i would love to attend the question and answer cession, and kiss his beard, and take photo.
    Fee Amanillah
    Baz Mohammad
    Graduated from Engineering Faculty Kabul Afghanistan in 1972.
    Awaiting for your kind response.

  4. Dear Baz Mohammed, You first Visit Holy Kaba & Holy Medina & then meet Dr.Zakir that will be blissful to your cause.
    Thank You

  5. Somewhere along Dr. Naik contradicts himself. He mentions the Hindu Scriptures while quoting only One God. Which is correct. He also quotes the Hindu Scriptures mentioning the coming of Shri Mohammed. He quotes Sri Krishna from the Bhagwad Gita as ” I am ………”, meaning that Sri Krishna is the GOD. And yet then he says that God cannot be born as Avatar.

    This is just one contradiction. If we listen properly, then we can find many.

    From t he dialogue, we find that Dr. Naik had come fully prepared. No, doubt he has a tremendous memory. He also understands many things. And he must have gone through many Hindu Scriptures and also some work about Hindu Scriptures by Islamic Scholars.

    But at the same time, what one finds is that; here is a man, who instead of knowing and celebrating and rejoicing God after finding Him, was exhausting his energy, with an impatience, to show off and to establish his superiority. Here was a man who IS NOT HUMBLE.

    iNSTEAD, what one sees in Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is the message of love, compassion, humility and his message of tolerance and equal respect for all religions and for everyone.
    Sri Sri Ravi Shanker was all love and humility personified. He had a dignity.

    Dr. Naik’s was a structured approach with a formula, of which he had made detailed study. He demonstrated that successfully. He is indeed a professor.

    Sri Sri Ravi Shanker too gave his idea of the concept of God in Hinduism and his understanding of Islam. Sri Sri shone out as a loving being; a true spiritualist.

  6. saikh sattar.25 sap.2011.assalomo alaikum dr. zakir naik saheb.your brain is excellent .you want to understanding to non muslim that god is one and it is no photo copy no murti no shape.so as my openion the zakir naik is correct.zakir naik zaisa insaan hajaro payda ho. khpda hafiz .


  8. I Love My Religion and I respect other Religion too.. But if someones comes with some Stupid art of Living for Hinduism then I’ll say He is Damaging their primary Belief. Let me tell you the complete Art of Living : The Holy Quran…The Complete Art of Living for All human beings.

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