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�Boycott call against Nahid of Talibani nature�

By Correspondent

NAGAON, March 16 - A cross-section of Muslim population of Nagaon have criticised the reported �fatwa� purportedly issued by a group of Muslim clerics against singer Nahid Afrin terming the boycott call by the clerics as that of Talibani nature. They also appealed to the people to come forward and register a protest against such activities.

The fatwa was issued asking the singer to stop performing in public, because according to them, �music is totally anti-Islamic�.

Nahid shot to fame after her successful stint in the television singing reality show �Indian Idol Junior� in 2015.

A section of Muslim community of Udali and Lanka areas had threatened to stop Nahid Afrin�s performance at Udali on March 25 next.

All the signatories, namely, Moulana Samsuddin of Muhaddis of Jamia Jalalia, Hojai; Mufti Mahammad Ali of Seikhul Hadis Jamia Asam Darul Hadith, Jai Nagar; Mufti Ashrafuddin; Abdur Rashid Kashimi of Asam State Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind; Quazi Nazrul Haque Laskor of Udali Rahmania Madrasa; Mufti Muzahidul Islam of Makmaye Shariyah, Assam; Moulana Maizuddin, headmaster of Udali Rahmania Madrasa and 46 others observed that Udali was once a draught-affected area and 98 per cent of the people of that area are even deprived of proper drinking water.

Later, Muslim religious leaders like Sheikh Ahmed Ali of Baskanidi as well as Moulana Asad Madani and others visited the area and prayed for rain. Now Udali has become a fertile land due to the prayers of such religious personalities, they claimed.

But a section of people are arranging a musical programme of Nahid Afrin in Udali. �Music is anti-Islamic and for that we appeal to all the people, especially Muslims and the organisers not to proceed with the programme,� they said.

The printed appeal (fatwa) also mentioned that the place where the musical night has been arranged is surrounded by a mosque, graveyard, madrassa and other religious institutions, and that is why the place is also not suitable for such a performance and if that function is arranged then difficulties will come from the Almighty, the appeal added.

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