Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup, reportedly invited world-renowned cleric Dr. Zakir Naik, to give religious sermons throughout the once-every-four-year football tournament.
In the video that has gone viral on social media, Dr. Zakir Naik has arrived in Qatar with his entourage ready to fill his lecture schedule throughout the tournament.
This report was confirmed by Al Arabiya news channel quoting a presenter of Qatar’s state-owned Alkass sports channel, Faisal Alhajri, who said preacher Sheikh Zakir Naik is present in Qatar and will have many scheduled religious lectures throughout the tournament. However, it is not stated how technically this will be done, given that this is a football event.
Many internet users positively welcomed Qatar’s move to invite Dr. Naik to give religious lectures during the 2022 World Cup. They hope that the lecture Dr. Naik will deliver could introduce Islam to football fans who come from all over the world.
It is known that Qatar is trying to make the most of its position as the host of the World Cup to introduce Islamic culture and values to all those present from all over the world.
Last month, Qatar installed murals of the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad on major streets in Doha. The hadith is written in Arabic with an English translation to be easily read by all guests who come to watch the 2022 World Cup.
Apart from murals, Qatar also opened the Doha Museum of Islamic Art as a later destination for visitors to the World Cup.
Meanwhile, the 2022 World Cup will start in Qatar from November 20 to December 18. The opening game will pit home team Qatar against Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium, located about 35 km from Doha, on Sunday, November 20.