Thousands rallied in Kargil, Ladakh, on Friday in protest against the controversial remarks of Waseem Rizvi on the Quran, followed by a Supreme Court petition where he sought deletion of certain verses of the holy book.
People gathered in large numbers after the protest call was given by president Jamiat Ulama Isna Asharia Kargil during a press conference. In this regard Anjuman-e Jamiat Ulama Isna Ashariya Kargil (AJUIAK) Ladakh staged a protest against former chairman of Uttar Pradesh Central Shia Waqf Board Rizvi, for approaching the Supreme Court, after the Friday prayers led by Markazi Imam-e Juma Kargil Hujjatul Islam wal Muslemeen Sheikh Hassan Waizi.
In a statement issued, the Shia majority district of UT Ladakh, people participated in the protest and raised slogans against Rizvi. The call to the ‘Tahaffuz-e-Quran’ (In the protection of Quran) protest was given by AJUIAK Ladakh and was attended by both Shia and Imam-e Juma (Friday prayer leaders) of all the Muslim sects including Imam-e Juma, Jamia Masjid Sofia Noorbakshia Molana Zahid Hussain.
President AJUAIK Ladakh, Sheikh Nazir Mehdi Mohammadi said that nobody would be allowed to make such anti-Quran remarks and said that “Rizvi has no right and competence to talk about the holy book Quran”. “Rizvi is hurting the sentiments of Muslims across the world and I urge the Supreme Court to take appropriate action against the culprit for endangering the peace and harmony in the country,” he added.
“The speakers while talking on this occasion said that whoever raise question on the holy book can never be a true follower of peace and security, Islam,” he said.
Similar protests were held in Saliskote, Drass, Khandi, Pashkum and Shakar areas where people dencounced the blasphemous act of Wasim Rizvi about the holy Quran, the statement added.