Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, a renowned Islamic scholar and peace activist, died Wednesday night – 10 days after being admitted to Apollo Hospital in Delhi following a coronavirus infection. The 96-year-old scientist, who was honored with Padma Bhushan in 2000, received Padma Vibhushan this year.
Khan has written more than 200 books on various aspects of Islam and established the Center for Peace and Spirituality to promote interfaith dialogue.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed his sorrow over Khan’s death and said he would be remembered for his insightful knowledge of theology and spirituality.
“I am saddened by the death of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan. He will be remembered for his insightful knowledge of theology and spirituality. He was also passionate about community service and social empowerment. Condolences to his family and countless benefactors. RIP “, Modi wrote on Twitter.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan was born in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, in 1925. She studied at a traditional Islamic seminary, the Madrasat Islahi, in Sarai Mir, near Azamgarh in 1938, to receive a religious education.