Forty-six Muslim clerics in Assam have issued a fatwa against up-and-coming singer Nahid Afrin, who was the first runner-up in the 2015 season of a musical reality TV show, asking her to stop performing in public.Police said they were investigating whether the fatwa was a reaction to Nahid recently performing songs against terrorism, including the Islamic State terror group. “We are looking at this angle as well,” ADG (special branch) Pallab Bhattacharya said.
The fatwa read:
“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.”
However, the girl, who was seen in Indian Idol Junior and has just set her foot in Bollywood, said she is not afraid of the threat and will continue to prove her mettle by making it big as an established singer.
Terming the Fatwa as a “shock” to her, she said:
“I was shocked and broken from inside at first. But many Muslim singers gave me inspiration not to quit music. I will never do so.”