GUWAHATI: Forty-six Muslim religious leaders in Assam have issued a fatwa against young singer Nahid Afrin, who was the first runner-up in the 2015 season of a melodic reality television show, ordering that she quit performing in public.
Police said they were inspecting whether the fatwa was a response to Nahid as of late performing songs against terrorism, including the Islamic State terrorist group. “We are looking at this angle as well,” ADG Pallab Bhattacharya said.
Unsolicited mail bearing the fatwa in Assamese and the names of the religious leaders were circulated across Hojai and Nagaon regions in central Assam on Tuesday. As indicated by the fatwa, a March 25 program at Udali Sonai Bibi College in Lanka, Assam, where Nahid, 16, is planned to perform is “against the Sharia”.
” 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,” it said.
The little young singer, a Class X understudies who lives in Biswanath Chariali, broke down after listening news of the fatwa. “I am speechless. I think my music is God’s gift to me. I will never bow down to it and never leave singing,” she said.
Nahid‘s mother included, “The organisers of the musical night told us that the programme on March 25 will not be cancelled.” Police said Nahid and her family would be given security cover.
Nahid Afrin, who made her Bollywood entry via singing for Sonakshi Sinha in the 2016 film ‘Akira’, first rose to fame after her fruitful innings on reality television show . Her wonderful renditions of songs composed and created by the Vaishnavite holy person Srimanta Sankardeva have made her particularly famous in Assam.