Scholars are of the view that His knowledge on comparative religion and his successes in the debates against Non-Muslims deserve to be appreciated but on Islamic theology he should keep mum as he has little formal education in Islamic theology and history. He might have converted a number of Non-Muslims into Islam but this does not give him the license to depart from mainstream Islam, create his own sect and slander Ahle Sunnat Wa Zamaat as firqaparast, bidati, grave-worshipper etc. Shaikh Shah Muhammad Abdul Aleem Siddique whom legendary intellectual Georgr Bernard Shaw called “a learned sage” and whom Zakir Naik’s Guru Shaikh Ahmed Deedat called “Roving Ambassador of Islam”, the silver-tongues orator” and “great servant of Islam”, converted countless non-Muslims into Islam and spread the light of tawhid in the different parts of the west Indies and other countries. But, despite being a highly-acclaimed Islamic Theologian, this descendant of Sayyidina Abu Bakr As-Siddique, the first caliph of Islam and who achieved great Islamic theological and spiritual development under the guidance of humble Wali-Allah Ala Hazrat Hafiz Imam Ahmed Raza Khan Qadiri , a revered Islamic scholar, dedicated his entire holy life to the promotion of peace, love and understanding amongst all people. Gigantic Islamic Missionary Shaikh Khaza Mainuddin Chisti ( R.A.) guided about ninety Lakh Non-Muslims into Islam. But he did not work for fame, influence and glamour. This Wali-Allah was Committed to the preservation of the Sunna or prophetic traditions of God's final Messenger - Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the promotion of the pure teachings of Islam based on The Holy Qur'an and Sunna as taught by the enlightened scholars and saints belonging to the creed of The Ahl Sunna wal Jamaah throughout the ages.
Wikipedia records : “Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was actively engaged in debates, prayer duels and written arguments with the Christian missionaries”.
Francis Robinson states: “At their most extreme religious strategies for dealing with the Christian presence might involve attacking Christian revelation at its heart, as did the Punjabi Muslim, Ghulam Ahmad (d. 1908), who founded the Ahmadiyya missionary sect.”[Ref : AL ISLAM----The Official Website of the Ahmadiya Muslim Community]
Freeland Abbott observed in his book Islam and Pakistan: “The primary significance of the Ahmadiyya Movement lay in its missionary emphasis. Every Muslim believed that Islam was the only religion free from error. The Ahmadis made it part of their principles to show the errors of other religions to their adherents and to proselytize energetically for Islam. In a sense, the Ahmadis represent the Muslims emerging, religiously speaking, from the withdrawal that had begun with the arrival of the British, just as the Muslim League represents the political emergence from that same withdrawal … Although the sect most attacked by Muslims in India and Pakistan, it has also been the one which has worked hardest, in both its branches, to defend and extend Islam against the competition offered by other faiths.” —Freeland Abbot, Islam and Pakistan. [Ref : AL ISLAM----The Official Website of the Ahmadiya Muslim Community]
Amatul-Hadi Ahmad – England writes : (The Review of Religions, December 1996) “ The beauty of the Promised Messiah's truth attracted people not only from the Muslims, but also from other faiths and beliefs. Hadhrat Bhai Abdur Rahman (ra), for example, joined the fold of devoted followers of the Promised Messiah (as) as a young boy of about sixteen years of age. He belonged to a well-to-do Hindu family but having read some of the writings of the Promised Messiah (as), he came to see him in Qadian in 1895 and became a Muslim. The story of his steadfastness, loyalty and deep devotion to the Promised Messiah (as) is a story most inspiring. Similarly, Hazrat Bhai Abdur Rahim (ra) adopted the faith of Islam, abandoning the Sikh beliefs with which he had grown up, and took his Oath of Allegiance at the hand of the Promised Messiah (as) in 1894, and there were many others. Even a scant knowledge of the social and communal history of India of that period would show that such conversions to Islam were acts of immense courage and strength. It was an action akin to an invitation to death! The ethnic division of Indian society between Hindu, Muslim and Sikh was so deep that the whole social domain was coloured by it. Hence, when people from a Hindu or Sikh background abandoned their beliefs and accepted Islam at the hands of the Promised Messiah (as), it unleashed a storm of reaction against them from their own families who sought to reclaim their progeny by any means, fair or foul. The attraction of the truth and goodness of the Promised Messiah (as), however, was such that once the converts took the first, courageous steps towards the Promised Messiah (as), they never looked back! Professor Raig, a renowned English astronomer of his time, came to see the Promised Messiah (as) on 12 May 1908. He raised many questions to which the Promised Messiah (as) gave an enlightened response. The Professor parted on 18 May 1908, wishing to hold further sessions. Some of the conversations of the Professor with the Promised Messiah (as) were recorded and preserved.23 Following his meetings with Promised Messiah (as), Professor Raig accepted Islam and remained a Muslim to the end.” [Ref : AL ISLAM----The Official Website of the Ahmadiya Muslim Community]
My intention behind writing this Book is not to hurt the feelings of Dr. Zakir Naik, his admirers and associates. If anybody thinks that the information in this book hurts his feelings, I regret it deeply because this is not my intention. O' our Lord! Help us against those who stand against faith. Have mercy on us, grant us forgiveness and guide us along Siratwal Mustaqim.