Singer Nahid Afrin is not afraid of fatwa, Salim Merchant and Vishal Dadlani offer support

As many as 42 clerics have issued a fatwa against reality singing star Nahid Afrin but the young singer is not afraid and would not give up on music until her death.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 15, 2017 4:34 pm
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Indian Idol Junior first runner-up Nahid Afrin landed into a trouble after over 40 clerics from Muslim organisations issued a fatwa restricting her to perform on stage. The reason being that the performance by a girl on stage is against the Sharia laws. But the 16-year-old who made her singing debut in Sonakshi Sinha’s film Akira in 2016 is not afraid and would not give up on music until her death. “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 organisations supporting me,” Nahid told the media.

Adding to it the young singer said, “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.”

Watch Video|Not Afraid Of Threats, Fatwas, Says Assam Teen Singer Nahid Afrin

Meanwhile, Bollywood singers like Vishal Dadlani and Salim Merchant have come out in support of the young talent. Talking to indianexpress.com Salim Merchant said, “What do I say? This keeps happening in our country, in our society. 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.”

Also read | Fatwa issued against reality singing star Nahid Afrin by 42 clerics

“This little, innocent girl has no negativity in her. She is a lovely artist and very hard-working. She deserves love and support of every countryman. I have worked with her. Last year, we had a concert in Guwahati and she performed with us. So, I know this girl has no bad intention whatsoever. I can understand if an adult has some superior motives but she is just an innocent girl. I haven’t spoken to her yet. I will call her in a couple of days. Right now she and her family must be scared,” Salim added.

Watch Nahid Afrin performing at Indian Idol Junior

 

 

Vishal Dadlani who judged Indian Idol Junior took to his Twitter handle to exhibit his support as he wrote,” Anyone who tells a musician not to make music, doesn’t understand anything about spirituality. Shame on the people threatening #NahidAfrin.” Vishal also had a word with Nahid’s parents and made sure that their daughter does not give up on music because of the fatwa. “Just spoke with #NahidAfrin and her parents. They are standing strong. Told her that we all stand with her. She will not give up on music!,” Vishal wrote.

Check out Vishal Dadlani’s tweets here: 

The clerics organisation had also distributed some leaflets in and around Udali area near Hojai in central Assam, asking the singer not to perform a function scheduled for March 25.

Meanwhile, several organisations and individuals in Assam have come out to support the young singer and against the ‘fatwa’ issued against the singer and said that people of Assam will give security to her.

(with inputs from IANS)

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First Published on: March 15, 2017 1:35 pm
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    Anurag
    Mar 15, 2017 at 1:34 pm
    Nahid Afrin you have got lovely voice.love you!!!.I pray God give you lot of strength to fight these evil-heads.
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      Harry
      Mar 15, 2017 at 8:22 pm
      Can't police find these low life one by one and put them behind the bar? Showing their power on this little and talented girl
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        Chandu Shah
        Mar 15, 2017 at 4:37 pm
        These s should be dealt with seriously and fatua should be put on them
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          IslamForFoools
          Mar 15, 2017 at 11:30 am
          Leave Islam, nothing fun in Islam, no life, only death and terrorism
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            IslamForFoools
            Mar 15, 2017 at 9:12 pm
            This dadlani brainless guy has guts to speak bad words against terrorist mullahs? Does he have those guts? But he spoke bad words against Jain muni for no reason. Yaha uske ma ki g and fat jata hai mullewale terrorist atankiyo se
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              IML sood
              Mar 15, 2017 at 1:56 pm
              Secular brigade will come only when their purpose is served, not now. This is India, not stan or Afganistan. Such fatwas have no meaning here,as Muslim community is more safe than everywhere else.
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                Ag
                Mar 15, 2017 at 11:44 am
                don't worry u fool everybody have to taste death and then will c what is right and wrong. you just keep ur chaddi tight death can come to anyone any time. no need of fatwa for anybody.
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                  MyTake
                  Mar 15, 2017 at 6:23 pm
                  ...Why can't Indian Govt. a r r e s t the F a t w a w a l l a s and put them in j a i l for taking away human r i g h t s of others! lt;br/gt;The singer can file a c a s e for damaging her r e p u t a t i o n, professional career and thus causing h e r economic losses, m e n t a l a n x i e t y, putting her in d i s t r e s s and thus reducing her p r o d u c t i v i t y. May be a c a s e for few billion rupees to counter the l o s s e s she is going to suffer over time! If she needs s u p p o r t she can ask for c r o w d f u n d i n g her c a s e!!
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                    MyTake
                    Mar 15, 2017 at 6:28 pm
                    F a t w a, which is a violation of basic human r i g h t s and democracy can not c o e x i s t! It has to be one or the other! Too much of ground has been given to this m o b and it has to be taken back!
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                      MyTake
                      Mar 15, 2017 at 6:32 pm
                      Where are the candle light intolerance, chest thumping and bleeding heart brigade now! Hiding in their h o l e?
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                        Arif
                        Mar 15, 2017 at 10:37 am
                        There are hundreds of Muslim singers in Gulf, Mohammad Rafi was one of most por singers of our time, it seems they were woken up by some political outfit to create tamasha and incite Muslim community which has just left that Great old political outfit :)
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                          anand
                          Mar 15, 2017 at 12:05 pm
                          Where is our "artiste" Amir Khan? Where is Karat, yechuri, didi, Kejri, Rahul, and other secular gang? What do they want to tell this budding singer?
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                            Tushar
                            Mar 15, 2017 at 4:04 pm
                            It's 🐂💩. None of such fatwa are valid ... It's Either a propaa made by some biased group to defame a religion .or else some.radical Islamists . In today's world by announcing such fatwas they are being foolishness personified
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                              Tushar
                              Mar 15, 2017 at 6:18 pm
                              That's great to hear Vishal .kudos .👍👍 ... Music is an art ... No matter who has the talent of singing ..she /he should be allowed to present her skill... lt;br/gt;God doesn't give such talent to all. So we should consider such person as a special master piece work of God ... So how the awareness of such skills of God reached in human when such talents are kept behind the screen ..lt;br/gt;I love songs of Vishal .. ☺👍
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                                Tushar
                                Mar 15, 2017 at 3:53 pm
                                Lol one body thread person in skull cap Nick 😂😂😂 ...express ur opinion bravely dude.y do u need to hide
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                                  Sundar BN
                                  Mar 15, 2017 at 2:27 pm
                                  Nahid bETi, AptO is dEShkA izzat baDHAdiya !lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;ShukriyA .lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;KHudA ApkA raKShA karE 🙏
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                                    DD
                                    Mar 15, 2017 at 3:58 pm
                                    we need a fatwa against these disgusting clerics..
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                                      Antony
                                      Mar 15, 2017 at 11:59 am
                                      Catch that mullahs and charge them on terrorism charges so that no one will dare to issue anymore fatwas!!
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                                        fahad
                                        Mar 15, 2017 at 12:58 pm
                                        what it has to do with secular or non secular thing?? This topic is totally different
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                                          rrao
                                          Mar 15, 2017 at 1:24 pm
                                          there was a lot of debate, discussion, award wapsi on intolerance. Many intellectuals yacked so much about it. Where are they now?
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                                            Guruji
                                            Mar 15, 2017 at 9:06 am
                                            THE MULLAHS SHOULD BE SHOWN THEIR PLACE IN FREE SECULAR INDIA.lt;br/gt;How dare they issue a fatwa !!!lt;br/gt;They should be just arrested and put behind bars with hard labour for a couple of months as a warning not to take the law into their own hands.
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