Rizvi is a former head of the controversial Shiite Endowment Center Council in Uttar Pradesh. He claimed to have “created” a new Qur’an by deleting 26 verses he considered promoting violence.
Not only that, he also arranged the other verses in the order he thought was correct.
“I urge PM Modi to include this new Qur’an in the education curriculum in various madrasahs and Muslim educational institutions throughout the state,” he said.
“This edited version of the Qur’an is the true Qur’an and will soon be available in the market for people to buy,” he said. opindia.com.
Earlier this year, Waseem Rizvi had petitioned India’s Supreme Court to remove 26 verses of the Koran that he deemed promoted terrorism and jihad.
In his petition, Rizvi had stated that the verses were allegedly used by terrorist groups in the name of Islam as a justification for attacks on people who were considered “infidels”.
However, the Supreme Court called the petition “absolutely reckless”. Instead of being granted, the court fined Waseem Rizvi Rs50,000 for filing such a petition.
In his petition, Rizvi asked for directions from the court to remove 26 verses from the Qur’an, namely Verse 9 of Surah 5; Verse 9 of Surah 28; Verse 4 of Surah 101; Verse 9 of Surah 123; Verse 4 of Surah 56; Verse 9 of Surah 23; Verse 9 of Surah 37; Verse 5 of Surah 57; Verse 33 of Surah 61; Verse 21 of Surah 98; Verse 32 Surah 22; Verse 48 of Surah 20; Verse 8 of Surah 69; Verse 66 Surah 9; Verse 41 of Surah 27; Verse 41 of Surah 28; Verse 9 of Surah 111; Verse 9 of Surah 58; Verse 8 of Surah 65; Verse 5 of Surah 51; Verse 9 Letter 29; Verse 5 of Surah 14; Verse 4 of Surah 89; Verse 9 of Surah 14; Verse 3 of Surah 151; and Verse 2 of Surah 191.
According to the petition, Islam is based on the concepts of equality, forgiveness, equality and tolerance. However, he said, people are moving away from these basics.
He added that because of the extreme interpretation of the 26 verses he meant, Islam was identified with militancy, fundamentalism, extremism, and terrorism.
However, shortly after submitting a reckless petition to the Supreme Court, he was reported to the police by a number of parties. He also received death threats.
India’s National Commission for Minorities has demanded an unconditional apology from Waseem Rizvi for his petition.
On March 20, hundreds of Muslims gathered at the Jama Masjid in the Indian capital, New Delhi, to protest.
The protesters, who hail from both Shia and Sunni communities, accused Waseem Rizvi of deliberately trying to create divisions between the two communities.