Waseem Rizvi is “not a Shia anymore”: Maulana Kalbe Jawwad

Lucknow: Maulana Kalbe Jawwad, a top Shia cleric said on Friday that Chairman of UP Shia Waqf Board Waseem Rizvi has been “excommunicated” for not heeding to a fatwa issued by Iraq’s top Shia cleric Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani. It must be noted that Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani had issued a fatwa against handing over Waqf properties for the construction of a temple or a shrine.

Senior Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad announced Rizvi’s “ouster” from the Shia community, in Lucknow during Friday prayers.

News18 has quoted Maulana Jawwad as saying “Shias all around the world are facing embarrassment because of the statements made by Waseem Rizvi. People like Rizvi are working against Islam either under pressure or just to please their masters. On my recent visit to Iran, people were asking me questions and I am answerable to them on the kind of things he is doing.”

Announcing Waseem Rizvi’s ouster from Shia Community, Maulana Jawad said, the former must be removed from the post of Shia Waqf Board Chairman. He said no one should reject fatwa of a top cleric like Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani if anyone does so he has no right to be called a Shia anymore.

Regarding his stand on Babri Masjid issue, Maulana said, we have already said that whatever the court decides will be acceptable to us, but Waseem Rizvi seems to be in a hurry. How can he donate land when he is not the owner? He is just the caretaker.

Maulana asked Wasim Rizvi to donate his own house if he wants, but he cannot donate land which does not belong to him.