Twitter users were amused and concerned after revered Islamic scholar and televangelist Dr Zakir Naik revealed he was on the lookout for a wife for his son, Fariq Zakir Naiq.
Journalist Tehreem Azeem posted a two-page letter that Naik put out, which detailed preferred credentials for his future daughter-in-law. Seminal in the letter was the requirement that the woman be a practicing Muslim who aspired to preach Islam. The letter also listed his son’s credential’s including his education and activities, complete with a description of his complexion and height as well. Azeem said that anyone who could assist Naik in his quest should retweet her post and send the credentials to interested people as well.
Dr. Zakir Naik is looking for a perfect bahu. Please help him by Rt'ing this tweet and send your cv on given number if you or anyone you know fulfills the criteria. pic.twitter.com/DRzazwwi5x
— Tehreem Azeem (@tehreemazeem) September 24, 2021
Some users were perturbed by the lengthy requirements and the need for a letter to begin with. Educationist Taimur Rahman said that the letter demonstrated the perils of a ‘deeply gender segregated society’. Rahman questioned whether it would be more conducive to society if youngsters were allowed to interact and choose their partners themselves.
Results of a deeply gender segregated society. If you allow young people to fall in love and select their own partners, wouldn’t that be a healthier society? pic.twitter.com/DCn5ThAScx
— Taimur Rahman (@Taimur_Laal) September 25, 2021
One said that even job applications were less demanding than Naik’s requirements.
GOOD GRIEF EVEN JOB APPLICATIONS DONT HAVE THIS MANY REQUIREMENTS.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE https://t.co/zJhHJGvS79
— Turing Test Graduate (@Recluse_XM) September 25, 2021
Another added that there were nine ‘necessary qualities’ and six ‘preferable’ ones, which showed that even Islamic inclinations could not get rid of the cultural stereotypes of the ‘Indian parent’.
Zakir Naik, Peace be Upon Him, is seeking the PERFECT bride for his golden son.
Necessary qualities are ONLY 9 and preferable qualities 6.
— Nages Sieslack (@NagesNuggets) September 25, 2021
Even female Islamic scholars did not have the qualities Naik was seeking, added another user.
You can't find these all in our ullema's ! How can you expext this from a normal girl?🤔..
Anyone here who fulfills to the given requirments? 👇 https://t.co/QULjeLMdvN
— Samiullah (@SamDars11) September 24, 2021
Others had found their source of fun for the day in Naik’s post. One humorously opined that dating app profiles should be created for Fariq to succeed in his search.
Let’s make a few bumble profiles for the lad 😂🤣 https://t.co/ZeYlK8iuKK
— Kumail Akbar (@smkumailakbar) September 25, 2021
A user jabbed that the situation felt like the Islamic version of the popular reality show, The Bachelor, in which people sought partners for themselves. He added that the show’s new ‘Mullah edition’ would be hosted by Naik and the program would be aired through tweets soon.
The Bachelor. Mullah Edition. Hosted by Daddy Naik. Coming soon to a tweet near you. https://t.co/1aMTCkEfXb
— Faizan (he/him) (@fizzyjam) September 24, 2021
Several users were bothered by others who critiqued the CV-style letter. A user said that ‘liberals’ were irked by the post even though Naik sought a daughter-in-law who was dedicated to the faith. She pointed out that Naik did not demand good looks or excessive dowry from his daughter-in-law.
For the Liberals crying on this post –
Fariq Naik is just looking for a Wife whose purpose of life would be dedication towards Islam.
He didn't ask for a wife with good looks or the one who would give him dowry worth millions of dollars. https://t.co/VAamQ7fnyB
— Ivanka tRuMp🌹 (@AsterismBrigade) September 25, 2021
One said that it was a decent move to be vocal about expectations before marriage instead of after. He said that Naik’s method was an ‘honorable’ way to seek a daughter-in-law, which was something that marriage bureaus did as well.
ایک عمدہ اور شریفانہ طریقہ ہے بہو ڈھونڈنے کا۔ یہی کام میرج بیورو والے کرتے ہیں۔
اپنی توقعات پہلے سے بتا دینا اچھا ہے۔ کسی کو قبول ہیں تو ٹھیک وگرنہ بعد میں گلہ نہ ہو۔
اچھی بات یہ بھی ہے کہ جائیداد و نسب کی بجائے لڑکی کی اپنی اچیومنٹس کو اہمیت دی ہے۔ 👏🏼 https://t.co/e4NmWmF2Q9
— Rizvan (@SaeedRizvan) September 25, 2021
Another added that the letter reflected ‘freedom of choice’ in that Fariq trusted his father to find him a suitable match.
Freedom of choice. In this case they know what they want and those who apply for said social contract will also know what is expected. Nothing wrong with arrange marriages where the children trust their parents (main crux) to make a good choice for them. https://t.co/5BQugZb0EL
— Zoha (@Zoha_is_here) September 25, 2021
Naik posted the letter on his Facebook account on Saturday and listed details of other family members like his own wife and daughter in it. He insisted that anyone who was interested should respond to the post with relevant details.