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A classical case of peaceful approach vs radicalizatiôn

Waheed-ud-din Khan is a person of great stature, who always stood for the greatest good of society and became the messenger of peace and harmony. He first came under the limelight when he gave Muslims a clarion call to relinquish claims over the disputed Babri Masjid site, one of the early community leaders to make it. He embraced Gandhian principles and considered non-violence as the only way to achieve peace. He was conferred with Padma Bhushan for his overall contribution to peace and other aspects. He is an acclaimed peace contributor at the national and International level.

He has authored over 200 books on Islam, prophetic wisdom, spirituality and peaceful co-existence in a multi-ethnic society, the most recent being “The Prophet of Peace: The teachings of Prophet Muhammad”. He has predominantly supported the peace process and has always given priority to national and international unity. For instance, when the Babri Masjid demolition happened, there were bloody communal riots throughout the country, he was in favour of establishing peace and went on a 15-day Shanti Yatra (peace march) through Maharashtra, addressing large groups of people at 35 different places on the way from Mumbai to Nagpur. He projected Islam as a peaceful religion by propagating peaceful means of resolution to different societal issues.

On the contrary, his son Zaffar ul islam khan made a post on Facebook using terms like “hate campaigns, lynching and riots” by what he called “Hindutva bigots”. These posts not only increased hatred amongst the communities but also projected India in a bad light, internationally. Instead of using the proper channel available in India, Khan thanked Kuwait for its support for Indian Muslims and also threatened to ask for support from the international community for the Indian Muslims. In response, the Delhi Police charged Khan with sedition under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code. His views have been different from that of his father. He is considered to be a radical Muslim having hard opinions about various aspects of Muslim life in India. Contrary to the teachings of his father, Zafarul Islam Khan gave statements having potential to foment hatred and create enmity between communities. While Maulana Wahiduddin Khan believed in peaceful approach and dialogue, Zafarul Islam Khan preferred the more radical approach.
The story of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan and his son Zafarul Islam Khan throws light on a very important aspect of life, one can be the progeny of a person with an exceptional rich past, but it will definitely get him/her in trouble if he/she deviates from the peaceful ways. Striking the right balance is always better for improving this world and hereafter.***

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