India has expressed its displeasure with the prominent Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s stay in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and promised to raise the matter with Doha and take appropriate action.
One of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet members expressed his displeasure, saying the matter would be handled harshly because the state had taken the presence of a well-known Islamic scholar in Qatar seriously.
The minister questioned Qatar’s decision to invite a divisive preacher of Indian descent to visit Doha as a special guest.
He added that the Narendra Modi administration has been urged to boycott the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party voiced concerns about the situation.
However, Qatar has informed India that an Indian-born Islamic scholar has not received an official invitation to attend the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in Doha on November 20, 2022.
It is important to note that Zakir Naik was reportedly invited by the state of Qatar to give religious sermons on the first day of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Doha, according to news reports from last week.