LUCKNOW: Hundreds gathered outside the Bara Imambara on Sunday afternoon rallying against former chief of UP Shia central Waqf Board, Waseem Rizvi, who has raked up a controversy by moving a plea before the Supreme Court (SC) to remove 26 Quranic verses.
Call to the ‘Tahaffuz-e-Quran’ (In protection of the Quran) protest was given by Majlis-e-Ulama-e-Hind general secretary Maulana Kalbe Jawad and was attended by both Shia and Sunni clerics, including former All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Maulana Salman Nadwi, Imam of thr Teeley Wali Masjid Maulana Fazley Mannan Rahmani, SC lawyer Mahmood Pracha among others.
As slogans against Rizvi were made asking people to shelve his surname and replace it with some expletive, the angry crowd demanded that SC should scrap Rizvi’s petition and the government must arrest him for blasphemy and attempt to breach peace.
A memorandum to the Prime Minister, home minister and state chief minister was also sent in this regard on Saturday. Maulana Kalbe Jawad in his address also said that if action was not taken against Rizvi, it would be considered that the government was supporting him. A similar Shia-Sunni protest is scheduled to be held at Delhi’s Jama Masjid next Friday after Juma prayers.