New Delhi - Indian media outlets are busy these days covering a story of a young singer, yet it is not her outstanding performance in some musical competitions that attracted attention.
Last week, as many as 46 Assam Muslim clerics issued a fatwa against 16-year-old Nahid Afrin who sang songs against Islamic State terrorism. The clerics in the fatwa (Islamic religious edict) asked her to not perform in public. Other reports have said that fatwa was issued as the venue of her program was in the vicinity of a mosque and a graveyard. The singer was also a runner-up in one of the musical reality TV shows in 2015.
According to Indian media, 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.
"Was shocked and broken from inside at first, but many Muslim singers gave me inspiration to not quit music, will never do so," Afrin said.
"My singing is gift of God. I believe it must be properly utilised, not doing so is ignoring God," she said when asked about the fatwa issued against her.
"Magic, Dance, Drama, Theatre etc. are against Sharia laws. Events like musical shows are against the Sharia law and future generations will be corrupted," the pamphlet read.
Following reports of threat against the young singer, Assam Chief Sarbananda Sonowal called up Nahid assuring her of all help. Sonowal told Nahid that she will be provided proper security cover.