Ex-Waqf Board chief in U.P. Wasim Rizvi converts to Hinduism

After ceremony conducted by Yati Narsinghanand, Wasim Rizvi was renamed Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi

Published - December 06, 2021 06:56 pm IST - Ghaziabad

File photo of Wasim Rizvi.

File photo of Wasim Rizvi.

The controversial former chairman of the Shia Waqf Board Wasim Rizvi on Monday, converted to Sanatan Dharm at a religious ceremony performed at the Dasna temple of Ghaziabad.

The rituals were conducted by the priest of the temple, Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, who is also the Mahamandleshwar of the influential Juna Akhada. After the ceremony, Mr. Rizvi was renamed as Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi.

Mr Tyagi said it was his choice what religion to follow. “I was being pushed out of Islam. There was prize money on my head. So, I opted to embrace the oldest religion of the world.”

The former Waqf official was in the news for filing a petition in the Supreme Court demanding the removal of 26 verses from the Koran, which he alleged taught violence.

While Muslim clerics flayed the move, the top court threw out his petition and imposed a penalty of ₹50,000 on him, describing his petition as “absolutely frivolous.”

Later, he wrote a controversial book on the Prophet Muhammad that also faced the ire of clerics. Since then, Mr Tyagi has claimed that his life was under threat.

Mr. Narsinghanand Saraswati, who is known for his hate speech against Islam, said Mr Tyagi had approached him in November for embracing Santana Dharm and had said he wanted his body to be cremated after death.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.