Fatwa issued against ‘Indion Idol Junior’ singer Nahid Afrin

Nahid Afrin, who was the first runner-up of a singing talent-hunt show ‘Indian Idol Junior’, have banned from doing stage shows. As many as 46 Muslim clerics in Assam have issued a fatwa against the 16-year-old girl asking her to stop performing in public citing Sharia laws.

According to reports, the fatwa has been issued in view of an upcoming event to be held on March 25, the venue of which is in the vicinity of a mosque and a graveyard. The clerics have announced to boycott her singing programmes and have asked her to stop performing in public.

Leaflets bearing the fatwa in Assamese and the names of the clerics were distributed across Hojai and Nagaon districts in central Assam on Tuesday. "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, according to a report in The Times of India.

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," the report quoted ADG (special branch) Pallab Bhattacharya as saying.

Nahid, who made her Bollywood playback singing debut with the song ‘Rajj Rajj Ke’ from Sonakshi Sinha starrer ‘Akira’, said she is not afraid of the threat and will continue to pursue her dream of making it big in the music industry.

"I was shocked and broken from inside at first, but many Muslim singers gave me inspiration to not quit music, will never do so. My singing is gift of God. I believe it must be properly utilised, not doing so is ignoring God," Nahid said when asked about the fatwa issued against her.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has assured the young singer of proper security cover, following the fatwa and threat reports. Other prominent persons of the state too have come out in support of Nahid.