Syed Waseem Rizvi

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Syed Waseem Rizvi (Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi) is a Shia reformer, author and filmmaker, and the former chairman of the Shia Central Board of Waqf in Uttar Pradesh. He is famous for opposing and speaking out against the ill effects of what he terms as the violent Sunni ideologies.

On 6 December 2021, he converted to Hinduism and took on the name of Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi.

Petitions towards reform

Rizvi wrote to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and the Prime Minister of India in January 2018, requesting that Madrasas be abolished, claiming that some of them serve as breeding grounds for terrorists rather than educating with the objective of creating employment opportunities for Muslims. In response, the All India Faizan-e-Madina Council (AIFMC), based in Bareilly, declared a reward of Rs 10,00,786 and a free Haj trip for anyone who beheads Rizvi.

Rizvi petitioned the Supreme Court of India on March 12, 2021, requesting that 26 verses from the Quran be removed. In his petition, he claims that these scriptures incite Muslims to violence. According to the petition, these 26 verses were not included in the original Quran but were added subsequently. As a result, muslim groups condemned the incident and demanded Rizvi's arrest. A lawyer in Moradabad has offered a reward of Rs 11 lakh for "beheading" Rizvi, while the Shiane Haider-e-Karrar Welfare Association in Uttar Pradesh offered a bounty of Rs 20,000 for Rizvi's beheading.


In 2019, he produced and appeared in a Hindi language film 'Ram Ki Janmabhoomi', which deals with the issues of Nikah Halala, and the incidents in the town of Ayodhya before and during the destruction of the Babri Masjid.

In November 2021, Rizvi authored a Hindi language book 'Muhammed', in which he discusses the origins of Islam and why he thinks it to be a violent religion. He claims to have consulted 350 Islamic literature while drafting his book.[1]