Petition in SC over Quran triggers storm, UP’s Waseem Rizvi says 26 verses not part of the original holy book

Shias, Sunnis rally together to denounce Waseem Rizvi's SC plea to remove 26 Quranic verses

Petition in SC over Quran triggers storm, UP’s Waseem Rizvi says 26 verses not part of the original holy book
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Former chief of UP Shia Central Waqf Board, Waseem Rizvi’s petition in the Supreme Court seeking scrapping of 26 verses from the Quran has triggered a storm.

The petition says that these verses “promote terrorism, violence, jihad” and were not part of the original Quran but inserted at a later stage.

“These verses were added to the Quran, by the first three Caliphs, to aid the expansion of Islam by war”, the former chairman of the Shia Waqf Board has said in his plea, according to reports. Rizvi wrote in the petition that “after Mohammad, the first Caliphs Hazrat Abu Bakr, the second Caliphs Hazrat Umar and the third namely Hazrat Usman released the Quran as a book, based on the oral preaching of Mohammad Sahab This was passed on from generation to generation.”

Regarding the Quran as the holy book of Allah holding the Gospel truth, Shia and Sunni clerics have said that not a single word has been altered or tampered with in the original Quran in the past 1400 years. And that not even the smallest punctuation mark can ever be changed in the book which Allah has guaranteed heavenly protection.

Among many, All India Muslim Personal Law Board's general secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani also came down heavily on Rizvi and called his plea a 'publicity stunt'

The issue does not affect one sect of Muslims, but all Muslims across the world be it Shias, Sunnis, Bohras, Barelvis, Deobandis or Ahle Hadidth. None from any of the Islamic schools of thought can say that the Quran we have is not the original one, but has been tampered with. No Muslim believes this and Rizvi is infamous for creating rift between the Muslim communities," he said.

Rahmani also said that AIMPLB legal team is following the case from the onset and will be contesting it through the proper legal channel.

General secretary of Majlis-e-Ulama-e-Hind, Maulana Kalbe Jawad, not only condemned the statements made by Rizvi, but also organised a stage outside Lucknow's Bara Imambara on Sunday for protection of the Quran terming the get together--Tahaffuz-e-Quran.

In the joint Shia-Sunni stage-in, clerics said that some of the verses that Rizvi has opposed to, are more 'situational' and not universally applicable and that patience, unity, amity between different people and tolerance are the overarching messages of the book. They also said that Quran categorically states that killing of even one person is equivalent to the killing of all of humanity and is not permissible. Rizvi has however said that he does not object to the entire Quran but parts of it. "The Quran by Hazrat Ali (first Shiite Imam) was not accepted by the first three Caliphs and it is this Quran that will be present on the day of judgment. These 26 verses fuel terrorism and need to be removed," he said.

This contention has brought in threats for Rizvi where several angry Muslims have kept a bounty on his head. On the other hand, Rizvi has found support in non-Muslims.

"Allah has taken responsibility for his Holy book and said that not even a letter or punctuation in it will change till Qayamat. Who is Rizvi then to make such tall claims? His petition should not be entertained, strict legal action be taken against him and the government arrest him for breaching peace," said chief of Islamic Centre of India Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangimahali.