New Delhi, Jul 8: Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chairperson Waseem Rizvi has once stoked a controversy by saying that Muslims who keep beard without a moustache are extremists and have become a face of terror across the world. He also said that keeping a beard is a custom in Islam.Also Read - Locals In Gurugram Sector 12 Protest Against Namaz At Public Place, Raise Slogans

Rizwi further said that the “intention to not sport a moustache with the beard is to ignite a sense of fear among people. Such Muslims, in the name of Shariyat, interfere in the personal lives of the people and issue fatwas, which have nothing to do with Islam”. Also Read - Bangladeshi Cleric Issues Fatwa Against Facebook’s ‘Haha’ Emoji, Calls it ‘Totally Haram’ For Muslims

Recently, a girl in Kerala was expelled from a Madrassa for wearing a sandalwood bindi on her forehead. Condemning the incident, Rizvi said that women in this country use bindi or vermillion (sindoor) as part of the custom after marriage. Such sacred customs can never be ‘haram’. Also Read - Eid-ul-Fitr Moon Sighting 2021 Highlights in Kerala: Shawaal Crescent Moon Not Sighted, Southern State To Celebrate Eid on May 13

Rizvi Not New to Controversy

This is not the first time Rizvi has courted controversy. Recently, the Shia Central Waqf Board, in a letter, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to shut down madrassas in the country alleging that education imparted in these Islamic schools encouraged students to join terrorist ranks.

The body had demanded that madrassas be replaced by schools affiliated to the CBSE or the ICSE which will offer students an optional subject of Islamic education. Rizvi had claimed that most of the madrassas in the country are not recognised and the Muslim students studying in such institutions are moving towards unemployment.

Earlier this year, Rizvi had triggered a huge controversy stating that madarsas were breeding ground for terrorists. “How many madarsas have produced engineers, doctors, IAS officers? Yes, but some madarsas have produced terrorists,” Wasim Rizvi had said.