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Edmonton Liberal candidate promoted terrorist-praising Islamic preacher banned in Canada

According to an event description, Liberal candidate Tariq Chaudary was involved in a lecture by Islamic Preacher Zakir Naik.

According to an event description, Liberal candidate Tariq Chaudary was involved in a lecture by Islamic Preacher Zakir Naik.

Naik has been banned from Canada, the United Kingdom, and Malaysia, his sermons have also been said to inspire terrorists

“If bin Laden is fighting enemies of Islam, I am for him. If he is terrorizing America—the terrorist, biggest terrorist—I am with him,” said Naik once about the notorious leader of Al-Qaeda.

Chaudary who is the Liberal candidate for Edmonton-Riverbend was listed as a contact for a talk by Naik on “Religion in the Right Perspective” hosted in Edmonton.

The event was marketed as free for non-Muslims and cost $10 for Muslims. In other sermons, Naik has spoken positively of sex slavery suggesting that men have the right to female slaves

Naik has also made controversial comments suggesting that LGBT people suffer from mental illness caused by pornogrpahy. 

“LGBT Community are patients suffering from a sinful mental problem. It’s because they watch pornographic movies. The TV channels are to be blamed,” said Naik in a video.

Naik also advocates for the death penalty for apostasy or leaving the Islamic faith saying that it is the most “humane” punishment. 

“There is a death penalty in Islam for such a person,” said Naik in a television interview

The event description describes Naik as “renowned as an international orator on Islam and comparative religion”.

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