Two Muslim outfits, Anjuman Khudamee A Rasool and Ittehade Milat Council (IMC), lodged separate first information reports (FIR) against former Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi for submitting a petition at the Supreme Court with a plea to remove 26 verses from the Qur’an. Both these organisations are associated with Dargah Ala Hazrat, a Barelvi Muslim body.
One of the Muslim outfits in Uttar Pradesh has called for the beheading of Rizvi for filing the PIL. Meanwhile, a BJP leader in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday registered a police complaint against him and demanded an FIR.
In a video statement, Shiane Haider-e-Karrar Welfare Association president Hasnain Jaffrey announced a Rs 20,000 reward for Rizvi’s beheading. “Whoever will bring the head of Wasim Rizvi, I will reward them with Rs 20,000. This is because he has insulted the Quran-e-Paaq and the Shia community will boycott whoever invites Rizvi in any marriage or any other function,” Jaffrey said.
This is what Rizvi and his lawyer say about the case (five-part video):
The statement in Kotwali against Rizvi by Anjuman Khudame Rasul’s secretary Shaan Ahmad states that the petition is against Islam and the Constitution of India. After the IMC filed a similar complaint against Rizvi, the police merged the two cases into one.
Bareilly Superintendent of Police Rohit Singh Sajwan said that a case had been registered against Rizvi at the Kotwali.
Meanwhile, the ulema (the community of Muslim scholars), on behalf of the Raza Action Committee, has warned that if strict legal action is not taken against Rizvi, they will take to the streets. The committee’s national president, Maulana Afroz Raza Qadri, said that the “communal” forces were working behind Wasim Rizvi. “It’s time to expose them,” he said.
On Sunday, there was a massive protest at the big Imambara in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow to protest the filing of the petition at the Supreme Court with the plea of removing 26 verses from the Qur’an.
A large number of people, led by Maulana Kalbe Jawwad, a Shi’ah head and senior member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, protested against Rizvi. The Shi’ahs said of their fellow sect’s follower — Rizvis are Shi’ahs — that he had hurt the sentiments of Muslims around the world. They demanded he be sent to jail.
BJP’s Muslim faces emerge out of woodwork
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician Syed Shahnawaz Hussain said on Tuesday after Rizvi moved the Supreme Court to get 26 verses from the Qur’an removed that the petitioner had insulted the religion.
The BJP national spokesperson said that Rizvi should not spoil the atmosphere of the country by indulging in such acts. Hussain said, “I strongly condemn the said petition of Wasim Rizvi. It is the stand of my party that saying absurd things about any religious scripture including the Quran is a highly condemnable act. “
Hussain said that the BJP was against those who insulted any religious scripture. He said that the BJP was not in favour of any change in the Qur’an or any other scripture.
The BJP leader said that his party did not share or accept Rizvi’s views as it hurt the sentiments of the people and that the petitioner had no right to offend the religious sentiments of the people.
Kashmir BJP spokesman Altaf Thakur said, “The government must act quickly against Rizvi and arrest him for his blasphemous remarks and hurting the religious sentiments of billions of Muslims across the globe.”
Altaf Thakur added, “Rizvi’s remarks are unacceptable and that Quran teaches love, brotherhood and peace, not violence. Allah himself is the protector of this holy book, which teaches humanity. The Quran is a complete way of living and will remain till the day of judgement and no power on earth can change even one word of the Holy Quran, let alone Rizvi.”
Rizvi had last week moved the Supreme Court and demanded removal of 26 verses of the Quran.