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Zakir Naik

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Zakir Naik (b. 1965) is an Indian Muslim and Islamic scholar, and founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation.

Naik believes that he can prove the existence of God through logical argument; but it requires a serious lack of critical thinking ability to be persuaded by him. One argument he made actually depended on the argument that "at the time when the Qur'an was revealed, people thought the world was flat",[1] thus adapting the old creationist slop about the Biblical scientific foreknowledge in Isaiah 40:22.

However, not only is his reasoning extremely fallacious, the premise is completely false, and his claim should set alarm bells ringing in anyone with an elementary knowledge of history. Aristotle proved the earth was spherical as early as the 4th century BCE;[2] the Qu'ran was written in the 7th century CE, by which time this knowledge had spread.

He also doesn't seem to believe in evolution, stating that "most scientists today do not agree with Darwin's theory" and explicitly denies that Humans evolved.[3] Other fallacies employed include loud shouting, "just a theory", that Darwin didn't have conclusive evidence (ignoring 150 years of further research), asking for more transitional fossils, straw man, argument from authority, ad hominem (making fun of the questioner's English, which is actually vastly superior to his strong Indian accent), and shouting "you need to learn about science" when the questions start becoming too difficult.

Naik has also claimed that "Science tells us that even plants can feel pain", but that humans cannot hear plants crying out in pain because the sound is not within audible range.[4]

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