A section of Deoband-based clerics reportedly issued a fatwa against the Trinamool Congress MP and actress Nusrat Jahan Ruhi Jain for wearing vermilion, sporting a mangalsutra and chanting ‘Vande Mataram’. And the newly elected TMC Member of Parliament from West Bengal gave a befitting reply to them.
Days after being targeted for wearing saree and vermilion to Parliament during her swearing-in to the Lok Sabha, Nusrat said that no one should comment on her choice of cloths as ‘faith is beyond any attire.’
The clerics claimed Nusrat Jahan disrespected Islam by marring into the Jain religion and called her attaire ‘un-Islamic’. Mufti Asad kasami of Jamia Shaikh-ul Hind, said, “Muslim can only marry Muslims and are allowed to bend before Allah. Islam has no place for Vande Mataram, mangalsutra and vermilion and they are against the religion. Though, few of MP’s from Bharatiya Janata Party- Debasree Choudhury, Sadvi Pragya and Babul Supriyo defends Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat by protesting over the issue.
The actor-turned-politician told to India Aware that “Yes I am a Muslim and a citizen of secular India. And my religion doesn’t teach me to divide people in the name of God. I will go by what my heart says and I don’t care who speaks what in the name of religion. We are citizens of new progressive India where all rituals and culture need to be respected. I am educated enough to lead the life of new-age Indian woman.”
In a twitter post Nusrat Jahan wrote, “I represent an inclusive India, which is beyond the barriers of caste creed and religion. As much as I respect all religions, I still remain a Muslim and none should comment on what I choose to wear. Faith is beyond attire. And is more about believing and practicing the invaluable doctrines of all religions.”