In the first incident of its kind in Assam, some Islamic clerics have issued a fatwa banning a prominent teenaged singer of the state from performing in any public entertainment event, dubbing them as "anti-Sharia." The fatwa asked the musical reality TV show Indian Idol junior finalist Nahid Afrin from Assam to keep away from a musical programme, to be held on March 25, saying that the event is "against Sharia." The diktat was circulated through pamphlets which was widely distributed yesterday among public across Hojai and Nagaon districts in central Assam yesterday. Printed in Assamese and carrying names of 46 clerics, organisations and individuals, the leaflets asked 16-year old Nahid to keep away from entertainment events saying they "corrupt" future generations and make them liable to "Allah's wrath." The leaflet said, "Magic, dance, drama, theatre, etc are against Sharia laws.
Events like musical shows are against Sharia law and future generations will be corrupted by it." "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," the pamphlets read. The class X student and musical sensation from the state was scheduled to participate in a musical show to be held at Udali Sonai Bibi College in Lanka area of Nagaon district on March 25. On hearing of the 'fatwa,' Nahid, who lives in Biswanath Chariali, initially broke down and said "I am speechless." She, however, regained her confidence and composure and told the media today, "I think my music is God's gift to me. I will never bow to it (such warnings) and never leave singing". Taking note of the leaflets, the police said the matter is being investigated. It is also being ascertained if the fatwa is in reaction to Nahid recent songs against terrorism and the Islamic State, said a police officer. Nahid and her family would be provided security cover, he added. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal too called up the young singer assuring her of safety and security following reports of the threat to her Nahid.
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