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‘Fatwa’ against Nahid Afrin that never was’: Has scroll ‘exposed’ the media?

If you visit the social media then one report that is doing the rounds is of Nahid Afrin. Who is she? She is an Indian Idol Junior singer. But what has made her a news item is that that 46 Muslim clerics issue fatwa against Indian Idol Junior singer Nahid Afrin, cries one headline of a national daily.

But then a story surfaces and this is by scroll.in that tells a different story.

Afreen told scroll.in that she only got to know about the so-called fatwa, when “a few media people called up my father last night.” The controversy has, however, left Afreen highly perturbed. “I didn’t even know what a fatwa means,” she said. “For a few minutes, I thought I had done something wrong and I should give up singing.”

The portal reports: “While the leaflet does categorically mention that the March 25 programme at Udali Sonai Bibi College in Lanka in Hojai district, where Afrin was scheduled to perform was “against the Sharia”, it does not as much as even mention Afrin’s name. The leaflet, which is headlined Guhari (translates into request/appeal), asks people not to attend the March 25 event. “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,” it reads.

“The secretary of the Assam State Jamiat Ulama, Maulvi Fazlul Karim Qasimi, stressed that no fatwa has been issued in this case and blamed the media for spreading misinformation. “Is this how a fatwa is issued? On a piece of paper?”

“The venue in question, Qasimi said, was in close proximity to religious and educational institutes and there have been instances of people creating a ruckus during similar shows in the past. “The appeal simply states that people might as well avoid the event since there have been instances of people getting drunk and vitiating the atmosphere in the past,” he claimed.

“The Maulvi insisted that the community was proud of Afrin – and the notice had nothing to do with her in particularly. “It is just that she was performing in that particular venue.”

“That may, however, not be strictly true. According to Afrin, a few local clerics had also objected to her participating in the reality show where she finished second. “They had dissuaded people from voting for me, saying it was a gunah [a crime] to do so as it was against the Sharia,” she said as reported by the portal.

Speaking to the media, Afrin said as quoted by mid-day: “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.”

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