Former UP Shia Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi Converts to Hinduism
The controversial former chairman of the Shiite Waqf Uttar Pradesh board, Waseem Rizvi, who was recently excommunicated from Islam by Shia clerics, converted to Hinduism on Monday.
Rizvi, who often made headlines for criticizing Sharia law and Muslim clerics and was seen as close to the BJP, converted at a temple in Dasna in the Ghaziabad district of the UP. Rizvi later said he changed his name to Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi.
Rizvi was converted amid the chanting of Vedic mantras and rituals performed by the head of the temple Narsimhananda Sarswati.
Speaking to reporters after his conversion, Rizvi, alias Jitendra, said that âSanatan Dharmaâ was the âbestâ religion in the world. “I was excommunicated from Islam … Muslim clerics issued a fatwa to behead me. I am free to convert to any religion I wish, and no one should oppose it,” he said. -he adds.
Rizvi had recently published his will stating that he wished to be cremated and not buried after his death. “I would like to be cremated in accordance with Hindu traditions,” he said in his will.
Rizvi had won the ire of Muslim clerics after demanding the removal of certain verses from the Quran and filing a petition in court claiming they were against humanity because they supported terrorism.
Although his request was rejected by the court, he wrote a book on Islam in which he did not include 26 verses from the Quran. A police complaint was also filed against Rizvi by AIMIM chief Asauddin Owaisi in Hyderabad in this regard.
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