Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, whose speeches reportedly inspired 20-odd youths who are suspected to have left Kerala to join the Islamic State, receives majority of funding for his NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) from abroad.
According to media reports, IRF, which has been registered non-profit public charitable trust, is also under the scanner for allegedly using the funds it receives from abroad for preaching religion and spreading radical views.
Naik had claimed that 80 per cent of the donation his NGO receives is from India. However, reports reveal a different story. In the past 16 years, over Rs. 14 crore has been pumped into IRF, most of which are from foreign countries.
A majority of funds the NGO gets is from Saudi Arabia, followed by UAE. Contrary to Naik's claims, only 3.4 per cent of the funds his NGO receives is from India.