University of Oxford's Oxford Union Listens to Debate by Dr Zakir Naik, the Islamic Preacher Barred from the UK

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Islamic preacher and orator Dr Zakir Naik last night addressed the prestigious Oxford Union about being excluded from the UK

"I am a man of justice and peace; I condemn all acts of terrorism and any wrong killing," said Dr Naik

Islamic preacher and orator Dr Zakir Naik last night addressed the historic Oxford Union in a debate about his exclusion from the UK, the audience at the University heard.

Dr Naik won applause as he addressed the prestigious debating society about Home Secretary Theresa May’s decision to ban him from entering the UK, saying it goes against his freedom of expression.

Peace promoting Dr Zakir Naik received rapturous applause as he addressed the Oxford Union last night, FRIDAY FEBRUARY 11 2011, before a Q & A session with undergraduates and academics via satellite link at the world-renowned university, saying he has "faith in British justice” to overturn his exclusion order.

“I am a man of justice and peace; I condemn all acts of terrorism and any wrong killing,” Dr Naik insisted.
“I condemn all sorts of terrorism where innocent human beings are killed,” said Naik.

Home Secretary Theresa May decided to exclude Dr Naik, who is founder and Chairman of the global TV channel Peace TV, from the UK in June 2010.

“My visa was cancelled without giving me a fair hearing. I think this is an attack on freedom of expression as well as human rights," said Dr Naik.

Dr Naik, whose appeal against his UK ban is due to be held in the Court of Appeal later this year, said: "I am delighted to address the historic Oxford Union.

Dr Naik said: “This gives me the perfect opportunity to show the British people my true views rather than the distorted and false grounds cited.”
He continued: “I have faith in the judicial system and this exclusion order will be reversed by the Court of Appeal.”

The Oxford address came only days after Dr Naik was allowed to enter France to host a board meeting of his TV company in Paris – highlighting the injustice of the UK’s Exclusion Order.
His visa allowing him to enter France was granted on December 13.

The Schengen visa allowed him to visit 25 European countries.

Dr Naik addressed the Oxford Union on peace and religious tolerance, joining a host of internationally famous previous speakers, including current PM David Cameron, Winston Churchill, US Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and film stars including Dame Julie Walters, Ewan McGregor, Michael Jackson and Stephen Fry.

He called on the Muslim community to tackle those who had been “brainwashed” within.
“There are black sheep in the Muslim community," said Dr Naik. "There are black sheep in all communities. Peace is the only solution for the problems of humanity. I am a person of peace. My mission is to spread peace.”

Via satellite link Dr Naik told listeners at Oxford University: “I hope in the future I have the chance to meet the Home Secretary Theresa May personally and explain the peaceful message of Islam,” Dr Naik added.

Oxford Union President James Langman said the address promotes tradition of encouraging “debate and discussion”.

Dr Naik, who was invited to return to address the Union in person, said: ”Peace is the only solution for the problems of humanity. I am a man of peace. My mission is to spread peace.”

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