News agency GNS quoting the officials reported that Mufti Waheed was admitted at Acharaya Shri Chander College of Medical Science (ASCOMS) Jammu and died days after his tests returned negative for COVID-19.
Confirming it, Medical Superintendent ASCOMS Dr Rajinder Ratan Pal told GNS Mufti Faiz-ul-Waheed died at 7:30 a.m, the Greater Kashmir reported.
He was on life-supporting system with multiple organ failure since his admission to the health facility, Dr Ratan said.
A colleague of the ailing scholar told GNS that Mufti Waheed had fallen ill nearly a week before and was taken to the hospital on May 23.
Born in 1966 in Dodhasan Bala in Rajouri district, Mufti Waheed was accredited for being the first Islamic scholar to translate the Holy Quran into the Gurjari language. The scholar had also authored several booklets including ‘Siraj-um-Muneera’, ‘Ahkam-e-Mayyat’ and ‘Namaz Kae Masayil Quran-o-Hadees Ki Roshni Mei’.
The acclaimed scholar an authority in Fiqh – Islamic Jurisprudence – in the city of Jammu was also patron of an Islamic seminary Madrassa Markaz Maarif Ul Quran in Medina Hill, Bhatindi in Jammu.
The Gurjari language - also known as Gujari, Gujri, Gojari, or Gojri - is a variety of Indo-Aryan spoken by the Gurjars and other tribes of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The language is mainly spoken in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, and Delhi.