Muslim clerics issue fatwa against teen Bollywood singer for performing in public

Leaflets of the fatwa were distributed across Hojai and Nagaon districts of Assam. The fatwa comes just days ahead of her scheduled live event on March 25. Since the venue of the event was 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.

According to a report in the Times of India, the Assam Police was also looking to investigate an Islamic State angle to the episode. At 16, she has been a playback singer in a mainstream Bollywood film, finished second in the country's most high-profile musical reality show and has won so many awards in singing competitions across the country that she doesn't even bother to count them.

Support has been pouring in for the aspiring singer since the fatwa was issued. 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. "For a few minutes, I thought I had done something wrong and I should give up singing".

Speaking to CNN-News18, Afrin said, "Ten percent people may be against me but I am happy with the 90 percent standing with me".

Politician Shazia Ilmi also called Afrin "a fearless girl".

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday tweeted: "We strongly condemn putting restrictions on performance by young talented singer Nahid Afrin by some organisations".

Mofid Rahman an associate partner with a research institute in Assam also expressed his fury over the incident and said: "Nobody has complained regarding Azaan at Fazar at full volume so early in the morning in Assam". "Singing is God's gift and with the support of people, I will not quit it", said Nahid.

  • Salvatore Jensen