Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has joined the ‘streaming’ bandwagon.
Naik has been a fugitive from Indian authorities, who accuse him of money laundering and links to extremism, since 2016 and moved to Malaysia.
Despite India seeking his extradition, Naik has continued disseminating his teachings via social media. Naik’s Facebook channel, for instance, has 22 million followers, while his YouTube account has around 2.55 million subscribers.
For months now, Naik has been promoting a new streaming venture, Al Hidaayah. On Thursday, a video describing Al Hidaayah was uploaded on Naik’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Interestingly, the video had been in circulation since at least early March.
In the video, Naik responds to a listener who compares Al Hidaayah to Netflix. Naik says, “It would not be wrong to call Al Hidaayah the Halal version of Netflix… Majority of the programmes on Netflix are Haram and not in line with teachings of Quran and Hadith.”
Naik noted Netflix was primarily an entertainment platform, “whereas Al Hidaayah is a spiritual edutainment platform”, providing content on religion and education and also have entertainment.
The website for Al Hidaayah claims the platform is the “Largest and Best-Quality Platform for Islamic Courses and Islamic Video on Demand. It has thousands of hours of videos of more than 40 Authentic Islamic Speakers from all over the world”.
Al Hidaayah offers subscriptions starting from $11 up to $30 per month. The platform will have an entire section devoted to the teachings of Zakir Naik and his son.