Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan died on April 21 at the age of 96. Maulana recently tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to Dehli's Apollo hospital where he breathed for the last time. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences.
Maulana Khan gave a clarion call to Muslims to relinquish claims over the Babri Masjid site. However, several Muslim clerics and leaders had opposed Maulana Khan's views on the Ayodhya dispute.
In his article published on newageislam.com, he had wrote,
"My stand on Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir issue is the same since day one. In my view, whenever a possibility of a peaceful resolution exists, one party to the conflict must avail it and not sink into quarrels or controversy. After the mosque was demolished, I suggested that Muslims could adopt the same model of relocating mosques which had been adopted by Arab countries like Saudi Arabia, Syria and Egypt."
He wrote over 200 books and also translated Quran in Hindi, English, and Urdu. In January 2021, the Government had announced that Khan would be awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the country's second-highest civilian award. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award, in 2000.