GUWAHATI, March 15 2017: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday condemned putting restrictions on performance by young talented singer Nahid Afrin by some organisations.
His statement in Twitter was made following reports regarding the issuance of Fatwa against Nahid Afrin, who participated in the famous reality TV show Indian Idol, by 46 Muslim clerics banning her from singing on stage citing Sharia laws.
Sonowal tweeted “Freedom of artists are essence of democracy. Spoke to Nahid and reiterated our Govt’s commitment to provide safety and security to artists.”
As many as 46 Islamic organisations of Assam issued a fatwa against Afrin banning her from singing on stage citing Sharia laws. Pamphlets bearing the names of the 46 organisations/individuals were found in different parts of Assam such as Lanka, Hojai areas where Nahid is supposed to take part in a musical show on March 25.
“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.
However, this did not deter Afrin from pursuing her dreams. “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.”
She also maintained that she has received many support and encouragement from other singers in Bollywood and also from the Assam government.