A teen singing star in India is the target of a fatwa campaign being waged by 46 imams trying to shut her down.
Nahid Afrin, 16, who was the Indian Idol Junior first runner-up in 2015, has been singing against ISIS, terrorism and sharia laws. The imams, who represent a variety of Muslim organizations, want her to stop performing on stage.
“I was broken completely after hearing about the ‘fatwa’. But I am not going to stop singing. I have received hundreds of calls and messages from the people of Assam and different organizations supporting me,” Afrin was quoted as saying.
“I am a singer and music is my life. I don’t think I can survive without music. Allah has blessed me with this voice for singing, and I’ll die if I am not allowed to sing,” she added.
Fellow Bollywood singer Salim Merchant came out in support of Afrin. “What do I say? This keeps happening in our country, in our society,” Merchant said to IndianExpress.com. “I feel really sad that especially little girls are targeted these days, which is unfortunate. Music or any kind of art has nothing to do with religious misbeliefs. Nahid is a wonderful girl and more than that she is a very good follower of her faith. She is not at all against any faith. She is religious and a God-fearing girl. My full support is with her.”
The fatwa was reported to have stated: A report claim that the fatwa said, “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.”
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