Support is pouring from all directions for Nahid Afrin, the singing sensation from Assam who became a victim of religious fundamentalism recently. 46 Muslim clerics in Assam have issued a fatwa against Nahid, asking her to stop performing in public. According to the fatwa, Nahid’s upcoming concert on March 25 at Udali Sonai Bibi College in Lanka is ‘against the Sharia.’ This incident has sparked nationwide outrage and Nahid Afrin is presently trending at the third position on Twitter.
Earlier, on Tuesday leaflets bearing the fatwa in Assamese and bearing the names of the clerics were distributed across Hojai and Nagaon districts. On the other hand local people in Hojai have warned the clerics to refrain from such acts in the future besides stating that the singer’s concert would be held on the scheduled date.
Support for Nahid Afrin
Following the fatwa, the 16 year old singer received support from all quarters including Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Sonowal tweeted, ‘We strongly condemn putting restrictions on performance by young talented singer Nahid Afrin by some organisations. Freedom of artists is essence of democracy. Spoke to Nahid and reiterated our Govt’s commitment to provide safety and security to artists.’
Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi also said, ‘Nahid Afrin is a young talented singer. Fatwas should be against issues which hold our communities back such as illiteracy and lack of medical awareness.’
Noted writer, feminist and secular humanist of Bangladesh, Taslima Nasrin praised Assam’s singer Nahid Afrin for not bowing down after Muslim clerics issued ‘fatwa’ against her.
‘After getting fatwa from 46 mullahs in Assam,16 yrs old Nahid Afrin said she’ll never bow down and will never leave singing. Bravo girl!,’ Taslima Nasrin twitted on Wednesday.
Nahid Afrin refuse to bow down to fatwa
Meanwhile, Nahid herself refused to bow down to the fatwas and said, ‘I am speechless. I think my music is God’s gift to me. I will never bow down to it (such warnings) and never leave singing.’