Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi stirred a controversy by suggesting all the Muslims against the Ram Temple construction in Ayodhya leave India. Rizvi stated they, “must go to Pakistan and Bangladesh” or “join ISIS in Syria.”

On the 8th of February the Supreme Court will hear the Babri Masjid and Ram Janmabhoomi dispute. Rizvi went to the Ayodhya disputed site and offered Friday prayers. The Chairman also visited the Chief Priest of the Ram Janmabhoomi Acharya Satyendra Das.

Rizvi said, “Those who are opposing the Ram Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya and want to build the Babri Mosque there… people having such fundamentalist mentality should go to Pakistan and Bangladesh. Such Muslims do not have any place in India (sic.)”

He further added, “Those who want to spread Jehad in the name of the mosque must go and join the forces of Abu Baqr Baghdadi, the ISIS chief in Syria.” Rizvi alleged the fundamentalist Muslim clerics are attempting to destroy India.

Shia clerics reacted to Rizvi’s comments and demanded he should be arrested for communalizing the atmosphere.

President of Shia Ulema Council Maulana Iftikhar Hussain Inqilabi stated, “Rizvi is a criminal involved in grabbing and illegal selling of Waqf properties.” According to Inqilabi, Rizvi has been charge sheeted by the CDI and is enacting a drama to save himself from the law.

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