The 96-year-old scholar was admitted to the ICU, however, he has no fever and his blood and oxygen levels are also stable.
Zafarul-Islam Khan, eldest son of the departed soul informed through tweet.
Enter, then, among my servants! And, enter My Paradise!” (Qur’an – 89:27-30). The great Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan breathed his last, late this evening. Doctors failed to revive his sinking heart. Pray for his maghfirat and high station in Paradise. Amin.
— Zafarul-Islam Khan (@khan_zafarul) April 21, 2021
Born in Azamgarh in 1925, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan comes from a family who played a key role in the 1857 mutiny for Independence.
Khan first shot to the limelight when he gave a clarion call to Muslims to relinquish claims over the disputed Babri Masjid site, one of the first community leaders to do so.
He also established Centre for Peace and Spirituality (CPS) in 2001 to promote and reinforce the culture of peace. The website of the organisation says the Khan was born in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh in 1925.
Khan received the Demiurgus Peace International Award, under the patronage of the former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev; India’s third-highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, in January 2000. The National Citizens’ Award, presented by Mother Teresa and the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award (2009) were also presented to him. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian honour, in January 2021.
The 96-year-old Maulana was widely respected for his commentary of the Quran, besides his enlightened views on much-debated subjects such as women’s rights on Islam, instant triple talaq, jehad, terrorism and family planning.