New Delhi: Wasim Rizvi, the controversial former Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board Chairman, on Monday converted to Hinduism from Islam.
According to reports, Rizvi converted to Hinduism by Mahant Narasimha Ananda Sarawati of the Dasna temple today.
Following his conversion, Rizvi called the Sanatan Dharma as world’s purest religion. He added that he chose the ‘holy day’ of December 6 to convert to Hinduism as on this day, the Babari mosque was demolished in 1992.
In his will, Rizvi had stated that his dead body should be cremated according to the traditional Hindu ritual, and not buried after his death.
Rizvi also mentioned that his funeral pyre should be lit by a Hindu seer Narasimha Ananda Sarawati of the Dasna temple in Ghaziabad.
The former Shia Waqf Board chief has courted controversies after he filed a petition in the Supreme Court for the removal of 26 verses from the Holy Quran, which he alleged promoted violence.
Rizvi had sometimes back released a video in which he said that he feared for his life as several outfits had called for his beheading.
In his petition, Rizvi claimed that the objectionable verses have been added to the holy Quran much later.
These verses were added to the Quran, by the first three Caliphs, “to aid the expansion of Islam by war,” Rizvi had mentioned in his petition.
However, the top court of India had called the petition frivolous and had imposed a cost of Rs 50,000 on him.
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi had on November 17 lodged a complaint against Waseem Rizvi for making alleged insulting statements against the Prophet of Islam.
Pertinently, the Babri Mosque is said to have been built by an official of Mughal Emperor Babur in 1528.
In 1885, a Hindu religious body filed a case in Faizabad court asking for permission to construct a temple to honour Ram on the premises of the Babri Mosque. The permission was denied.
In 1949, a group of Hindus entered the premises of the mosque and installed an idol of the deity Ram. Instead of removing the idol, the administration locked the mosque.
However, an official and a Hindu priest were given the charge to look after the place.
In 1986, the district administration of Faizabad, under which Ayodhya city comes, opened the premises to Hindus, allowing them to carry out rituals.
However, on December 6, 1992, a large group of Hindu extremists belonging to the Vishva Hindu Parishad and allied organizations demolished the mosque, triggering violent clashes all over the Indian subcontinent, killing around 2,000 people.
In November 2019, the Supreme Court of India directed the Government of India to hand over the disputed site at Ayodhya for the construction of a temple and set up a trust for the same.
The apex court had further directed the GoI to give a suitable land measuring five acres to the Sunni Waqf Board.
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