"Rape your slaves everyday."
(India Today) - 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."
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In a story published in Mail Online, he was quoted as saying, " 'There are many verses in the Quran which say you can have sex with your wife and with whatever your right hand possesses."
"Right hand possesses," he went on. "Which means your slaves."
King Salman presented the King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) 2015 in five categories on Sunday at a glittering awards ceremony in Riyadh.
The KFIP recognises the outstanding works of individuals and institutions in five categories -- Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language and Literature, Medicine and Science.
Each prize consists of a handwritten Arabic certificate on the laureate's achievements, a commemorative 24-carat 200-gramme gold medal and a cheque of USD 200,000.
"Islam is the only religion that can bring peace to the whole of humanity," Naik said in a video biography aired at the ceremony.
Mumbai-born Naik, 49, is the president of the Islamic Research Foundation in India and one of the world's most renowned non-Arabic speaking Islamic scholars.
He was awarded the KFIP for his services to Islam for a lifetime's teaching about Islam, his work on comparative religion and for founding the Peace Channel, a comparative religion TV channel.