Assam, Mar 15: As many as 46 Assam Muslim clerics reportedly issued a fatwa against 16-year-old Nahid Afrin who sang songs against Islamic State terrorism. The clerics in the fatwa asked her to not perform in public, as per reports. However, claims are also being made that the fatwa was not issued against her, but the venue of her program held in the vicinity of a mosque and a graveyard. Also Read - JEE Scam: Assam Police Arrests Candidate For Using Proxy To Appear in Exam
Police have started an investigation into the matter and whether the fatwa was a reaction to Nahid recently performing songs against terrorism, including the Islamic State terror group. Police said that Nahid and her family would be provided security. Also Read - #BoycottFrenchProducts Trends on Twitter After Emmanuel Macron's Comments on Islam & Prophet Mohammed Spark Outrage
“We are looking at this angle as well,” ADG (special branch) Pallab Bhattacharya said, reported TOI. As per the reports, leaflets bearing the fatwa by the 46 clerics were distributed in Assam on Tuesday. Also Read - Assam Artist Creates Durga Idol With Expired Medicines, Injection Vials
The leaflet of the so-called fatwa, accessed by Scroll, is titled Guhari, which roughly translates to request or appeal. The leaflet reads, “If anti-Sharia acts like musical nights are held on grounds surrounded by masjids, idgahs, madrassas and graveyards, our future generations will attract the wrath of Allah.”
The leaflets were distributed across Hojai and Nagaon districts in central Assam. The fatwa read that Nahid is scheduled to perform “against the Sharia” on March 25 programme at Udali Sonai Bibi College in Lanka, Assam.
“If anti-Sharia acts like musical nights are held on grounds surrounded by masjids, idgahs, madrassas and graveyards, our future generations will attract the wrath of Allah,” the fatwa read. Talking to ANI, Afrin said, “My singing is gift of God I believe it must be properly utilised, not doing so is ignoring God.”
16-year-old Nahid Afrin is a Class 10 student lives in Biswanath Chariali, Assam. As per the reports, she broke down after hearing the news of the fatwa that was issued against her by the Muslim clerics.
“I am speechless. I think my music is God’s gift to me. I will never bow down to it (such warnings) and never leave singing,” she said. Her mother added, “The organisers of the musical night told us that the programme on March 25 will not be cancelled.” She added, “Was shocked & broken from inside at first, but many Muslim singers gave me inspiration to not quit music, will never do so.”
Nahid made her Bollywood debut with the 2016 Sonakshi Sinha film Akira and rose to fame across country after she participated in a TV reality show.