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PIL seeks deletion of 26 verses of Quran: Kashmir clerics slam Rizvi amid protest, BJP files police complaint

Stating that his assertions are blasphemous, unacceptable and that he should be arrested immediately, Jammu and Kashmir’s religious scholar on Saturday flayed Waseem Rizvi for approaching India’s Supreme Court to delete 26 verses of Quran.

Kashmir’s Grand Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam said that Quran teaches brotherhood and rejects all forms of violence. “Waseem Rizivi hasn’t understood the Quran and is instead speaking against it. Our beloved Prophet after conquering Makah, stated (La Yasrib Al-Qumul Youm…..—forget whatever wrong you did so far, I forgive everyone). This is mentioned in the Quran and is clear example that our holy book teaches forgiveness not violence,” Mufti Nasir said, adding that the Iran government must act quickly against Rizvi.

The Grand Mufti urged people to maintain discipline, remain calm and to register protest peacefully.

Karwan-e-Islami International patron Alama Sheikh Ghulam Rasool Hami said that in the past many people tried to change verses of holy Quran but failed. “Allah himself is the protector of this holy book, which doesn’t teach violence by love and forgiveness. Quran is a complete way of living and will remain till Qayamah (doom’s day). Muslims across the globe shouldn’t give much importance to Rizvi, who is a non-entity,” Hami said. He said no power on earth can change even one word of the holy Quran.

Rizvi, who is the former head of a Shia body based in Uttar Pradesh, has moved to Supreme Court seeking deletion of 26 verses from the holy Quran on the pretext that “these verses teach hatred, violence and terrorism.” 

Patron of Darul Uloom Rahimiya in Bandipora Moulana Rehmatullah Qasimi said: “There is no scope of any discussion on the issue as things are quite clear. None can change anything (in Quran) as Allah himself is its protector.”

Protests against blasphemy remarks by a former Shia Wakf Board Chairman, Rizvi were held on Saturday, with people demanding exemplary punishment, for hurting religious sentiments of billions of Muslims across the globe.

A religious body, Rehmatan-lil-Alameen Foundation, staged a protest against the Shia leader’s controversial remarks against the holy book of Muslims.

Members of religious bodies holding placards reading “hang evil Rizvi, dismiss petition” assembled at Press Enclave to lodge their protest against Rizvi’s move to challenge the authenticity of the holy book of Muslims. They were also chanting slogans against the former UP Shia Wakf Board Chairman.

“We have assembled here to register our protest against accursed (Maloon) Rizvi, who wounded the religious sentiments of billions of Muslims across the world. We want the government to act tough against such radical elements, who always stoke controversy through his blasphemy acts,” they said.

They appealed to the Supreme Court of India to dismiss the plea seeking amendments in the holy Quran whose authenticity, they said, has never been challenged since the past 1400 years.  

The protesters said Rizvi’s aim to file PIL in the top court was to incite communal disharmony among several sects of Muslims.

They also claimed that such moves have potential to create discord among the communities; however, they appealed Muslims to exhibit patience to make people like Rizvi fail in their nefarious designs.

“We appeal the every sect of Muslims to be united and do not sway into emotions, we also appeal the government to arrest Rizvi and punish him for attempting to create communal discord,” they added.

The Kashmir unit of Bharatiya Janata Party has meanwhile filed a complaint against Rizvi.

BJP’s IT Cell In charge for Kashmir province, Manzoor Bhat said that they have filed a complaint at Senior Superintendent of Police Srinagar’s officer against Rizvi, who has defended Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his actions against the minorities.

The BJP has sought FIR against Rizvi.

“We have filed a complaint and want the accused to be dealt with strictly so that no one will be allowed to interfere or make the remarks that would hurt the sentiments of any particular community,” Bhat said.

Pertinently, the party also staged a protest at its office in Srinagar and chanted slogans against Rizvi. During the protest, the party leaders and workers demanded strict action against him.

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