MUMBAI: Famous Islamic scholar a Padma Referee Vibhushan Maulana Wahiduddin Khan died due to complications of Covid-19 on Wednesday night.
He was 97 and two survive sons and two daughters. His son of Saniyasnain Khan he said Maulana Khan was admitted to a private hospital last week after having a chest infection and had tested positive for Covid-19 as well.
Born in Azamgarh in 1925, the Maulana was educated in traditional seminaries. A known pacifist who favored peaceful co-existence and advised moderation in behavior, he opposed extremism and orthodox interpretations of the sacred texts. He wrote over 200 books, including commentary and a translation of the Quran in English, Hindi and Urdu. His lectures, many of which are available on YouTube, are hugely popular.
Maulana Khan was the founder of the Islamic Center in New Delhi. It had hit the headlines when it gave its ‘peace formula’ for the Babri Masjid-Ramjanambhoomi dispute and asked Muslims to surrender their claims on the disputed land in Ayodhya. Although rejected by a huge part of his community.