Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, a renowned Islamic scholar and peace activist, died Wednesday night – 10 days after being admitted to Apollo Hospital in Delhi following a coronavirus infection. The 96-year-old scholar, honored with the Padma Bhushan in 2000, was awarded the Padma Vibhushan this year.
Khan wrote over 200 books on many aspects of Islam and established the Center for Peace and Spirituality to promote interfaith dialogue.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed sadness over Khan’s death and said he will be remembered for his insightful knowledge on issues of theology and spirituality.
“Sad with the death of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan. He will be remembered for his insightful knowledge of theology and spirituality issues. He was also passionate about community service and social empowerment. Condolences to his family and countless wise men. RIP, ”Modi tweeted.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan was born in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh in 1925. He studied in traditional Islamic seminars, the Madrasatul Islahi, in Sarai Mir, near Azamgarh in 1938 to receive religious education.