Maulana Wahiduddin, Padma Fellow, dies of Covid at 97 | India News

MUMBAI: Famous Islamic scholar and Padma Awarded Vibhushan Maulana Wahiduddin Khan died Wednesday night from complications of Covid-19.
He was 97 years old and has survived two sons and two daughters. His son of Saniyasnain Khan said Maulana Khan was hospitalized in a private hospital last week after having a chest infection and tested positive for Covid-19.
Born in Azamgarh In 1925, Maulana was educated at a traditional seminary. A well-known peacenik, who supported peaceful coexistence and advised moderation in conduct, crossed paths with extremism and orthodox interpretations of sacred texts. He has written over 200 books, including a commentary and a translation of the Qur’an in English, Hindi and Urdu. His lectures, many of them available on YouTube, are extremely popular.
Maulana Khan was the founder of the Islamic Center in New Delhi. He came to the fore when he gave his “peace formula” for the Babri Masjid-Ramjanambhoomi dispute and called on Muslims to give up their claims to the disputed land in Ayodhya. His request was rejected by much of his community.