Nahid Afrin, who participated in the famous reality TV show Indian Idol, said she was shocked after 46 Muslim clerics issued fatwa against her but added that she will never quit music.
Nahid Afrin, the 16-year-old singer against whom a fatwa was issued by as many as 46 Muslim clerics in Assam, has decided to fight it out. Afrin, who was seen in the famous reality TV show Indian Idol, said she is not afraid of the threat and will continue to pursue her dream of making it big in the music industry.
"Was shocked and broken from inside at first, but many Muslim singers gave me inspiration to not quit music, will never do so," Afrin said.
"My singing is gift of God. I believe it must be properly utilised, not doing so is ignoring God," she said when asked about the fatwa issued against her.
As many as 46 Islamic organisations of Assam issued a fatwa against Afrin banning her from singing on stage citing Sharia laws. Pamphlets bearing the names of the 46 organisations/individuals were found in different parts of Assam such as Lanka, Hojai areas where Nahid is supposed to take part in a musical show on March 25.
"Magic, Dance, Drama, Theatre etc. are against Sharia laws. Events like musical shows are against the Sharia law and future generations will be corrupted," the pamphlet read.
Following reports of threat against the young singer, Assam Chief Sarbananda Sonowal called up Nahid assuring her of all help. Sonowal told Nahid that she will be provided proper security cover.
Other prominent persons of the state too have come out in support of Nahid.
Meanwhile, Assam Police said they were investigating whether the fatwa was a reaction to Nahid recently performing songs against terrorism, including the banned terror group Islamic State.