Renowned Islamic preacher Zakir Naik with over 22 million Facebook followers and 2.55 million YouTube subscribers, has stepped into the “streaming” venture Al Hidaayah.
On Thursday, a video was uploaded on Naik’s social media accounts; Facebook and Youtube, describing Al Hidaayah. In the video, a listener compared the streaming channel to Netflix, to which Naik replied,
“It would not be wrong to call Al Hidaayah the Halal (permissible in Islam) version of Netflix… Majority of the programmes on Netflix are Haram and not in line with teachings of Quran and Hadith (words and actions of Prophet Mohammad).” Naik claimed Al Hidaayah was “not only Halal”, but would get users closer to Allah.
Naik said Netflix is only an entertainment platform “whereas Al Hidaayah is a spiritual edutainment platform”, providing content on religion and education and also have entertainment.
Al Hidaayah claims the platform is the “Largest and Best-Quality Platform for Islamic Courses and Islamic Video on Demand. It has thousands of hours of videos of more than 40 Authentic Islamic Speakers from all over the world”.
The subscription charges of Al Hidaayah start from $11 up to $30 per month.
As per the website, “At the time of launch in April 2021, there are more than 2,000 videos of Dr Zakir Naik on Al Hidaayah… By the end of April 2022, there will be over 3,200 videos of Dr Zakir Naik on Al Hidaayah…”
The content would include “debates, lectures, workshops, group discussions and talk shows”.
Naik highlighted the advanced quality of technology on Netflix in the video and said “technology was not Haram”. Naik claimed the content on Al Hidaayah would feature similar technology and was recorded in 4K and 8K.