Muzaffarnagar: Deoband clerics and Muslim leaders reacted strongly to the former head of the Waqf board, Wasim Rizvi, converting to Hinduism at a Dasna temple in Ghaziabad on Monday. âThis is not surprising because Rizvi had already disassociated himself from Islam by doing things considered against religion. Now see how loyal he is to Hinduism, âJamiat boss Dawatul Muslemeen Ishaq Gora said.
Rizvi had sparked controversy when his book “Mohammad” criticized Islam.
Gora, however, added: âThere is no coercion in Islam. In addition, we have a democracy where everyone has the right to live their life according to their own beliefs. But, no one is allowed to criticize a religion, and therefore, action should be taken against such people.
Ittihad Ulama-e-Hind’s national vice president, Maulana Mufti Asad Qasmi, said: “We do not consider him to be a Muslim, so we have no objection if he adopts a religion.”
The national secretary general of the Shia Personal Law Council, Maulana Yasoob Abbas, said: âRizvi, alias Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi, has already been expelled from Islam for his reprehensible activities. Everyone in the country has the freedom to follow a religion of their choice, but this freedom does not allow anyone to slander a religion or religious books. ”
Saharanpur BSP MP Haji Fajlur Rahman also criticized Rizvi, saying: “He is only making an effort to protect himself from the ongoing CBI investigation into corruption charges brought against him during his tenure as head of the council. directors of Shia Waqf.