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Who is Wasim Rizvi?

Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi formerly known as Wasim Rizvi was the former member and chairman of the Shia Central Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh, India. 

He on his will underwent a religious conversion to Hinduism (Sanatan Dharma) on 6 December 2021 in the presence of Dasna Temple (Ghaziabad) head priest, Yati Narsinhanand Giri Maharaj. He is known for filing a petition in India’s Supreme Court, as well as producing the Bollywood film Ram Ki Janmabhoomi.

Former UP Shia Waqf Board chief Waseem Rizvi converts to Hinduism

Former UP Shia Waqf Board chief Waseem Rizvi converts to Hinduism
Former UP Shia Waqf Board chief Waseem Rizvi converts to Hinduism

Former Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi on Monday quit Islam and converted to Hinduism.

Rizvi was converted to Hinduism by Swami Yati Narsinghanand, the head priest of Dasna Devi temple in Ghaziabad. Rizvi’s new name after religious conversion would be Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi, said Narsinghanand.

Speaking to India Today TV, Rizvi said, “I was removed from Islam. The prize money on my head is increased every Friday. Today I am embracing Sanatan Dharma.”

Swami Chakrapani Maharaj, national president of All India Hindu Mahasabha, said, “The decision of former Muslim cleric Waseem Rizvi sahab to accept Hindu Sanatan Dharma is welcome. All India Hindu Mahasabha, Sant Mahasabha welcomes him. Waseem Rizvi Sahab is now a part of our Hindu Sanatan Dharma, no fanatic should dare to issue a fatwa against him. The central and state governments should provide him proper security.”

Waseem Rizvi had allegedly received threats to life after he filed a PIL in the Supreme Court seeking the removal of some verses from the Quran, which he alleged taught violence. His appeal was, however, rejected by the Supreme Court.

He also received threats after he released a book that allegedly portrayed Prophet Muhammad in a bad light.

Wasim Rizvi Biography, Wiki

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Wasim Rizvi

Till last year, Wasim Rizvi was chairman of the UP Shia Central Waqf Board, a post he held for over a decade.

The son of a Class II railways employee, Rizvi never finished college. He was elected a Samajwadi Party (SP) corporator from Kashmiri Mohalla ward of Old City in Lucknow in 2000, and in 2008, became a member of the Shia Waqf Board.

In 2012, Rizvi was expelled from the SP for six years after falling out with Shia cleric Kalbe Jawwad, who accused him of siphoning off funds. Following this, the Shia Waqf Board was also dissolved. But Rizvi later got relief from the court and was reinstated.

While he was once considered close to SP leader Azam Khan, Rizvi has been seen as sending overtures to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath after the BJP came to power in Uttar Pradesh.

In 2019, he wrote and produced a movie, ‘Ram Ki Janmabhoomi’.

Wasim Rizvi Controversies

In November 2020, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered two cases against Rizvi and others in connection with alleged irregularities in the sale, purchase and transfer of waqf properties in UP.

The police investigation into the matter is older, with one case being lodged in Prayagraj in 2016 at the Kotwali police station under IPC sections 441 (criminal trespass) and 447 (punishment for criminal trespass), and the other registered at the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow in 2017 under IPC sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 409 (breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

Rizvi alleged a “conspiracy” behind the cases. Last year, he claimed that nothing came out of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probe in the Lucknow case, while he was not directly involved in the Prayagraj matter.

Earlier, in February 2020, the UP government gave the Prayagraj police sanction to prosecute Rizvi in a 2016 case in which he was booked for promoting enmity. The case pertained to alleged illegal construction at Imam Bara, a religious place, in Prayagraj.

“Rizvi is accused of changing original form of the religious place — Imam Bara — by carrying out illegal construction. Several other sections of IPC, including 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, etc) and 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings), were also invoked. Section 153-A was included because there was an attempt to promote religious sentiments by changing original form of the religious place,” Investigating Officer of the case, Sub-Inspector Ravindra Yadav, had told The Indian Express at the time.

Wasim Rizvi Petition

On 12 March 2021 Wasim filed a petition in the Supreme Court, where he appealed to remove 26 verses from the Quran. He has claimed in the petition that these verses promote violence among Muslims. 

The petition says these 26 verses were not part of the original Quran but were inserted at a later stage. In response, there has been condemnation from Muslim bodies of both Shia and Sunni sects of Islam. They have demanded Tyagi’s arrest. The ruling BJP has also protested his petition. 

A lawyer from Moradabad announced a reward of Rs 11 lakh for “beheading” Tyagi, while Shiane Haider-e-Karrar Welfare Association, a Muslim organisation in Uttar Pradesh, declared a Rs 20,000 reward for Tyagi’s beheading.

Wasim Rizvi FAQ’s

Who is Wasim Rizvi?

Wasim Rizvi was the former member and chairman of the Shia Central Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh, India. 

Why is Wasim Rizvi trending?

Former Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi on Monday quit Islam and converted to Hinduism.

What is Wasim Rizvi’s new name?

Rizvi was converted to Hinduism by Swami Yati Narsinghanand, the head priest of Dasna Devi temple in Ghaziabad. Rizvi’s new name after religious conversion would be Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi, said Narsinghanand.

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