Renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan dies
Published: 12:26 PM, 22 April 2021
Renowned Islamic scholar and peace activist Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Renowned Islamic scholar and peace activist Maulana Wahiduddin Khan died of coronavirus on Wednesday evening. He was 96.
He was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Delhi on April 12 after being tested positive for the infection.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan was honoured with the Padma Bhushan - the third-highest civilian award in India- in 2000. In January this year, the government had announced that he would be awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the country's second-highest civilian award.
He wrote over 200 books on several aspects of Islam and established the Centre for Peace and Spirituality to promote interfaith dialogue.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed sadness over the death of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan and said he will be remembered for his insightful knowledge on matters of theology and spirituality.
Born in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh in 1925, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan studied at a traditional Islamic seminary, the Madrasatul Islahi, in Sarai Mir, near Azamgarh in 1938 to receive religious education.