Nusrat Jahan may have been born into a West Bengali-Muslim family, but the comely Bollywood actress turned Indian Member of Parliament has found herself at the recieving end of a rather nasty Islamic fatwa (religious rouling) aimed directly at her.
As it turns out, Jahan not only “insulted Islam” by marrying Hindu businessman Nikhil Jain, she also arrived to her parliamentarian swearing-in ceremony decked-out in attire normany reserved for Hindu brides only.
Specifically, MP Jahan applied the vermillion-red pigment to the parting of her hair, as well as wearing the mangalsutra wedding necklace, both of which are worn by recently wed Hindu women.
To make matters even more infuriating for Muslim clerics of the Deoband Islamic College of the Northcentral Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Jahan also recited a traditional Indian patriotic poem, the Vande Matram.
As reported by one of India’s leading newspapers, The Hindu;
Newly elected MP and actor Nusrat Jahan has said no one should comment on what she chooses to wear as “faith is beyond any attire”, refusing to toe the line of hardline Muslim clerics who criticised her for wearing vermilion and mangalsutra.
A section of Deoband-based clerics reportedly also issued a fatwa (diktat) against the Trinamool Congress MP. The first-time MP from West Bengal’s Basirhat came to Parliament on June 25 wearing vermilion and sporting a mangalsutra, and said Vande Matram after taking oath.
Ms. Jahan, 29, married businessman Nikhil Jain at a ceremony in Turkey earlier in June.
The clerics claimed Ms. Jahan disrespected Islam by marrying into the Jain religion and called her attire “un-Islamic”.
“Muslims can only marry Muslims and are only allowed to bend before Allah. Islam has no place for Vande Matram, mangalsutra and vermilion and they are against the religion,” claimed Mufti Asad Kasami of Jamia Shaikh-ul Hind.
Responding to the criticism, Ms. Jahan on tweeted on June 29: “Paying heed or reacting to comments made by hardliners of any religion only breeds hatred and violence, and history bears testimony to that.”
Affirming that she represents an “inclusive India…Which is beyond the barriers of caste, Creed and religion,” she said, “…I still remain a Muslim. …And none should comment on what I choose to wear…..Faith is beyond attire.”