Dr. Zakir Naik, an Indian Muslim cleric and medical doctor, speaks and writes internationally, on Islam and comparative religion. He has lectured in large U.S. cities such as Chicago and in other Western cities such as Cardiff, Wales, sometimes causing controversy. He is founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation, which owns Peace TV and broadcasts it from Mumbai, and is also founder of the Islamic International School in Mumbai.
Dr. Naik was quoted by the Saudi daily Arab News as saying that it is the duty of every Muslim to correct misconceptions about Islam and that there is a need to counter the anti-Islamic bias of the Western media in the aftermath of 9/11.
Following are excerpts from a lecture, he gave on Peace TV on July 31, 2008.
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"I've Got The Proof" That 9/11 Was An Inside Job
Dr. Zakir Naik: "Brother Lopez asked how I can prove that 9/11 was an inside job. I've got the proof that can defeat the proof that has been proven by the people. Just a few days back, there was an article that came in the newspaper, that 75 professors from the U.S. say and believe that 9/11 was an inside job. And in that article, it was mentioned... It came in The Times of India, I think on the 7th of September. It says that 75 professors and scientists, belonging to different universities from different parts of the U.S., believe that 9/11 was an inside job. They say that there were some politicians in the White House who engineered the destruction of the Twin Towers, and, they say, the main reason was so that they could attack, and they could have control of the oil-rich countries. Open secret, I told you.
"One of the professors, by the name of Steve Jones, says: 'We do not believe that 19 hijackers and a few men in a cave in Afghanistan could have done such a professional job alone. They could not have done it. We don't believe – and by God, we are going to come to the truth and we are going to expose – we don't believe in the theory of the government.' They don't believe in the theory of the government.
"He further goes on to say: 'We, as professors and scientists, know that the steel beam of the Twin Towers couldn't have melted at the temperature at which the jet fuel was there. There were systematic bomb explosions, which caused this to come down. Otherwise, it could not come down.'"
"If You Happened To Watch One Of The Tapes by the Name of 'Loose Change 9/11'"
"There are many tapes and many books written against it. I happened to watch many of them. I even happened to view the video recording of this professor, Steve Jones. And yesterday's paper – we heard another news [item]: Three days later, Professor Steve Jones was sent on paid leave. Imagine, paid leave... There are many tapes.
"If you happened to watch one of the tapes by the name of 'Loose Change 9/11'; it was done by a young American, 21 years old. He made a one-hour documentary. There are many, many out there. This 9/11 documentary has collected clips from the various... of CNN, of Fox Channel, all the news clippings, he took interviews, etc., and made a one-hour documentary. Then he says that people who saw the airplanes said: It cannot be a passenger carrier. It looked like a military plane. It didn't have any windows. When he shows the shooting, when it comes close to the tower, there's another firing done from the wings, which hits the Twin Tower before the plane. Then further, he goes on to prove..."
"The Firemen [At The WTC Scene]... Said: 'We Were Thinking That Someone Up Was Pressing The Bomb Button, And The Bombs Were Going Off"
"He says that he had statements [by] the management, the construction company which had constructed the Twin Towers. They said, 'It's impossible. The Twin Towers are made to withstand storms, to withstand tornadoes. This plane cannot knock it down, and it cannot come down, because fuel burns at 1000° temperature. This even for 2000° temperature Fahrenheit, nothing will happen to it.' Ten days later, he changed his statement, and said: 'No, it's possible. Jet fuel can cause damage to the beams.' Another professor who gave the statement didn't withdraw his statement, so he was sacked.
"Furthermore, what they did... In the documentary they show that when the Twin Towers came down... Like how you will fully [bring] down any building, and he gave statistics that many buildings in New York – tall skyscrapers, 40 floors, 60 floors – caught fire for many hours, but none of them came down. It is the first building in the history of the USA that has come down that way. And he showed a photograph that when a building is to be brought down, how they [bring] it down by explosion – the same way that it came down. There were systematic bomb blasts, and people who went to the rescue, whether it be the firemen, when they were interviewed, they said: 'We were thinking that someone up was pressing the bomb button, and the bombs were going off – boom, boom, boom.'
"So how did the Twin Towers come down? They have given proof. Furthermore, they say that all the proofs given by the government to analyze – they said 19 hijackers, some of them were trained as flyers of the plane, they went to the university, and they interviewed the professors: 'Do you think that this person can do such an act?' Impossible! The way the plane took a turn – and I've personally spoken to senior pilots, who have flown big Boeings and Airbuses for several years – they say it's impossible to take such a turn. Imagine if just a new person of a few hundred hours takes a turn... What the experts say is that it has to be a military plane.
"Furthermore, information given by the government – you know, phone calls of the day, phone calls... Phone calls on that day said the passengers of the plane claim that they were hijacked. One of the phone calls was by a flight attendant. She says: 'Buildings, water... My God, my God...' She has been flying for 12 years – hasn't she seen buildings in New York? Another person says: 'Mom! This is Mark Bingham! Mom, can you hear me? We have been hijacked...' Do you believe? The question to be asked is: If I am going to speak to my mom, I will say: 'Zakir.' I will not say: 'I am Zakir Naik speaking.' He said: 'I am Mark Bingham, Mom, I am Mark Bingham.'
"It goes on systematically, and immediately, after a couple of weeks, Osama bin Laden gives an interview on the Umma magazine. He says: 'I am a Muslim.' I will not lie. According to me, killing innocent women is prohibited. It is wrong. Killing innocent children is wrong. Killing any innocent human being is wrong, and Islam condemns it. Osama bin Laden giving an interview and saying that."
"There Are Several Tapes And DVDs Available – '9/11,' 'Loose Change,' 'Fahrenheit' – This Attack On The Twin Towers Was Done By George Bush Himself"
"A couple of days back, you hear the video clipping from Al-Jazeera – Osama bin Laden training – 9/11. Because 75 professors say it's an inside job, not to manipulate, and after five years they are showing on the television – why? So here we realize everything was an inside job. These 75 professors have promised: "By God, we will come to the bottom of it.'
"Time doesn't permit me... With the amount of ample evidence given there, even a fool will know that this was inside job. But it doesn't convince George Bush. What they say is that the reason is only to attack Afghanistan, Iraq, and then Iran. They have been predicting that Iran is going to be attacked. They want to have control of the oil-rich countries. To this day, this attack is for what? One is injustice. Second is for money, for power.
"So what we realize is that this was nothing but an inside job. There are several tapes and several DVDs available – '9/11,' 'Loose Change,' 'Fahrenheit,' many – and if you see all this, it is a blatant, open secret that this attack on the Twin Towers was done by George Bush himself."