Renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan dies at 96

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, a renowned Islamic scholar and peace activist, died of COVID-19 late on Wednesday.

The 96 year old was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Delhi on 12 April after he tested positive for Covid-19.

“The great scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan is admitted in serious condition in Apollo Hospital Sarita Vihar late last night. Tested Covid+. In ICU. Please pray for his quick recovery,”another prominent Islamic scholar and former Delhi Minorities Commission chairman Zafarul Islam, Khan’s eldest son, said last week.

Born in Azamgarh in 1925, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan comes from a family who played a key role in the 1857 struggle for Independence.

He has also written a two-volume commentary on the Holy Qur’an.

Khan has written over 200 books.

To platform the ideas of peaceful coexistence, social harmony and interfaith dialogue, Khan established the Islamic Centre in Delhi in 1970.

He also started a monthly magazine called Al-Risala, which primarily comprised his own articles that spoke to the Muslim community about their responsibilities. Al-Risala was launched in both English and Hindi in February 1984 and December 1990, respectively.

Khan was awarded India’s second-highest civilian award — the Padma Vibhushan — this year for his exceptional contribution in the field of spiritualism. He was also awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2000.