Islamic scholar and Padma Vibhushan awardee Maulana Wahiduddin Khan passed away due to Covid-19 on Wednesday night.
He was 97 years old and was admitted to a private hospital last week after he had a chest infection and had tested positive for Covid-19 too.
He was founder of the Islamic Centre in New Delhi. He died days after he was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Delhi following coronavirus infection.
The Islamic scholar was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2000, and was awarded the Padma Vibhushan this year. He is survived by two daughters and two sons.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed sadness over the death of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan and said he will be remembered for his insightful knowledge on matters of theology and spirituality.
“Saddened by the passing away of Maulana Wahiduddin Khan. He will be remembered for his insightful knowledge on matters of theology and spirituality. He was also passionate about community service and social empowerment. Condolences to his family and countless well-wishers. RIP,” PM Modi tweeted.