A prominent Shia leader in India has submitted petition with the Supreme Court seeking removal of 26 verses from the Quran.
According to news reports, Waseem Rizvi, former chairman of the Shia Central Board of Waqf (Trust) in Uttara Pradesh in India, as well as a Bollywood film producer has filed a petition last week claiming that parts of the Quran are “provocative of violence” and incite people to jihad [armed struggle].
Meanwhile, a case has been registered in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly against Shia leader Waseem Rizvi for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims with his petition in the Supreme Court seeking to remove some verses of the Quran which he claimed promoted terrorism.
The FIR was registered at the Kotwali police station on Monday evening following complaints by Anjuman Khuddam-e-Rasool secretary Shan Ahmed and an organisation known as Ittehad-e-Millat Council, the police said.
The case was registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs”, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Bareilly, Rohit Singh Sajwan said.
The Chairman of the Raja Action Committee, Maulana Afroz Raja Qadri, claimed sectarian forces were operating behind Waseem Rizvi, and that time has come to unmask them.
On Sunday, members of the Muslim community held a protest in Lucknow against Waseem Rizvi. Shia cleric and senior member of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board Maulana Kalbe Jawwad and a large number of people took part in the protest at the Bara Imambara.
Addressing the gathering that day, Maulana Syed Salman Hasni Nadvi laid stress on Muslim unity and described Waseem Rizvi as a “kaafir (non-believer)” and “mujrim (criminal)”.
“We are believers of the Quran and Allah first, Sunni and Shia later. Hence, there are no differences among us as far as the Quran is concerned,” Mr Nadvi had then said.
Maulana Kalbe Jawwad had told reporters that Waseem Rizvi was a part of the “jamaat (group)” that goes to the extent of falsifying their own existence and betraying their own religion.
“He has been indulging in anti-religious activities, but this time, he has broken all barriers by raising a finger on the Quran,” Maulana Kalbe Jawwad had said, urging the government to immediately arrest Waseem Rizvi and impose a heavy fine on him.
In Bareilly, Mufti Ahsan Raja Qadri of the Dargah-e-Aala Hazrat, a prominent centre of Barelvi Muslims, too had condemned Waseem Rizvi’s move and said not even an iota of change in the holy book is possible.
In a statement, he had said, “Waseem Rizvi is an enemy of the Quran and Islam. He is doing this to gather cheap popularity and to save himself from the Waqf scam.”
Waseem Rizvi filed the Public Interest Litigation in the top court on Thursday.
Waseem Rizvi has been a prominent leader of the Shia Muslim community in India. He also maintains contacts with the Iranian Embassy and Iranian Cultural Center in Delhi, while he also is known for his connections with influential leaders in Iran and officials of Revolutionary Guards.
According to intelligence sources, Waseem Rizvi has been actively trying to build a Shiite power-group in India, alongside generating anti-Saudi and anti-US sentiment in the country.