Zakir Naik, a renowned Indian Islamic scholar and an authority on comparative religion, has received one of Saudi Arabia’s most prestigious prizes from the country’s new King Salman for his service to Islam.
He is the same man who had earlier said that ‘Quran allows Muslims to have sex with female slaves’.
Naik has been frequently at odds with the West for his views on terrorism.
In 2010, Britain had banned Naik from entering the country, citing his “unacceptable behaviour”.
Naik had reportedly said Muslims should beware of people saying Osama bin Laden was right or wrong, adding: “If you ask my view, if given the truth, if he is fighting the enemies of Islam, I am for him.”