Maulana Wahiduddin khan – The advocate of religious harmony , A true Islamic scholar who kept on saying what he truely believed in and didn’t care about what people would say ….This is how people remember Maulana Wahiduddin khan . In him India lost a hopeful, tolerant and voice of reason . He died at the age of 96. Maulana Wahiduddin Khan was one of India’s leading and distinguished Islamic scholars, Spiritual leader and Padma vibushan awardee Based in New Delhi, he has authored over 200 books, and through his monthly journal Al-Risala, Moulana has trained generations of readers to live a peaceful life despite encountering challenges and facing hardships. A known peacenik, who in 2001 established Centre for peace and Spirituality to reinforce a culture of peace . Maulana Wahidudeen Khan advocated peaceful co-existence and had always counselled moderation in conduct, Maulana Khan was among the leading scholars and orator of Islam in the word. Maulana Wahidudeen khan had hit the headlines when he gave his ‘peace formula’ for the Babri Masjid-RamjanamBhoomi dispute, thus became the first muslim scholar who offered a solution to the dispute, In a ‘Speaking tree’ column in The TOI , Maulana wrote:Muslims to forego their claims on the disputed land in Ayodhya. However his request has almost no takers then in community . According to Centre for Peace and Spirituality CPS, In 1993Moulana wrote an article titled “Unravelling The Ayodhya Knot” and advanced a ‘three point peace Formullah’ the article can be summed up as – The issue of Ayodhya Babri masjid has turned into one of life and death for the Muslim community. The Dec 06 1992 event shook the very conscience of india . It was disturbing to see the hollow promises and mockery done by the leaders of Tam Mandir movement. This all lead to the destruction of the mosque, which was not simply the demolition of a structure; it was akin to the negation of an entire history, He mentions.
There are three parties to the issue , Muslim Hindu and the Govt . The problem can be solved if all the stakeholders accept their responsibility’s and abides the below guidelines, This he wrote in 1993 and is also available on his official website ‘Centre for peace and Spirituality’(CSP) :
■The movement launched by the Hindus should be stopped at Ayodhya. Assurance to this effect could take the form of a written declaration signed by all the four Shankaracharyas and by responsible people belonging to those Hindu organizations involved in the mandir-masjid movement. This should expressly state that after Ayodhya’sBabri mosque no mosque’s right to continued existence will ever again be challenged by the Hindus; that all mosques in India, whatever their historical origins, will always be recognised and maintained as holy places of worship; so that Hindus will never seek justification for demanding any change in future.
■Muslims should preserve a strict silence on the issue of Ayodhya. If the protection of the Babrimasjid their responsibility, they have now discharged it by the sacrifices they have made. Now they have reached a point where there is very little else that they can do. As such, Muslims should consciously resolve to distance themselves entirely from this issue. Till now they have been forced to take up this cause, but henceforth they should leave it to the conscience of the nation.
■ The government of India took a step in the right direction by passing the Places of Worship Act in 1991, maintaining the status quo as on August 15, 1947, in order to guarantee the security of all places of worship (barring the Babri masjid). Now the government should take the even more important step of making this Act a part of the Constitution. Once this step has been taken, the security of all other places of worship will have a lasting guarantee.
Khan was named as Islam’s spiritual ambassador to the world. The passing of Khan is being widely mourned across the world. While his passing away has created a huge void for all his well-wishers around the world, who looked up to him as a visionary, eminent intellectual guide and mentor. But his teachings shall be there with us for times to come.
Maulanawas a notable scholar and reader of both Islamic teachings and modern disciplines. His extensive research,led him to believe that the need of the hour was to present Islamic teachings in the style and language of post-scientific formula. In his writings, which are widely read across the world , Moulana elaborated on pluralism, inter-faith dialogue and peace. His most popular book is arguably “God Arises”, which attempts to present the existence of Godand basic religious teachings by using modern scientific methods. This book has been introduced as part of module in universities of 06 Arab countries. Born in Badharia, a village near Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, India in 1925, Wahid-Ud-Din Khan has been internationally recognized for his contributions to world peace. In 2009, Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.’s list of 500 Most Influential Muslims of world. Khan was named as Islam’s spiritual ambassador to the world. The passing of Khan is being widely mourned across the world. While his passing away has created a huge void for all his well-wishers around the world, who looked up to him as a visionary, eminent intellectual guide and mentor. But his teachings shall be there with us for times to come. His singular mission was to transform the minds of people and The best tribute to Maulana khan will be to take his misson forward aat an individual and collective level.
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