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Police are investigating whether the fatwa was a reaction to Nahid recently performing songs against terrorism
Leaflets bearing the fatwa in Assamese and the names of the clerics were distributed across Hojai and Nagaon districts
Singer Nahid Afreen (Picture source: ANI/Twitter)
In Guwahati Forty-six Muslim member of the clergy in Assam have issued a fatwa against up a singer Nahid Afrin. She was the second best in the 2015 season of a musical reality TV show, asking her to bring to a close performance in public.
Police said they were inspecting whether the fatwa was a reaction to Nahid recently performing songs against terrorism, including the Islamic State terror group. “We are to look at this point of view as well,” ADG (special branch) Bhattacharya said.Flyers posture the fatwa in Assam ese and the names of the clerics were circulated across Hojai and Nagaon districts in central Assam on Tuesday. According to the fatwa, a March 25 program at Udali Sonai Bibi College in Lanka, Assam, where Nahid, 16, is programmed to perform is “not in favor of the Sharia”.
“If anti-Sharia takes action performances like musical nights are held on grounds surrounded by masjids, idgahs, madrassas and graveyards, our future generations will attract the rage of Allah,” it said.
She is a young singer, and Class X student lives in Biswanath Chariali, broke down on hearing news of the fatwa. “I am astonished. I believe music is God’s gift to me. I will never bow down and never lose my confidence to it (fatwa) and never leave singing,” Nahid, said.
Fatwa remark itself is fresh to Assam. Send all the so called Bangladeshi Muslim clerics into jail. It is not a division of Arab country, this is Assam! Hridoy Baruah
Her mother added, “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 provided security cover.
Nahid, who made her Bollywood debut singing for Sonakshi Sinha in the 2016 film ‘Akira’, first rose to stardom after her successful innings on reality TV . Her beautiful renditions of songs written and composed by the Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Sankardeva have made her especially popular in Assam.
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