Trimoonal Congress Member of Parliament and actress Nusrat Jahan has been slammed by a Muslim cleric for celebrating Durga Pooja with her husband and his family. In a video released by Cleric Mufti Asad Kazmi, he has attacked the MP for participating in the pooja and even called her out for marrying a Non-Muslim.
Speaking to Republic TV Islamic Scholar Zafar Sareshwala has slammed Mufti Asad Kazmi on his views. Zafar Sareshwala said that Mufti Asad Kazmi was trying to gain publicity. He further added, "Islam doesn't allow you to issue any statement or fatwa somebody's conduct." Zafar Sreshwala also further spoke about the religious harmony in Kolkata. "I myself have visited several pandals in Kolkata. Kolkata is the heart of religious harmony," he said. He also said that he saw Pandals that are replicas of Mosques and Gurudwaras.
Mufti Asad Kazmi claimed that Nusrat participating in the pooja is 'haram' (forbidden). He also said that Nusrat should change her name if she doesn't wish to follow her religion and also commented on her marrying a non-muslim. "Nusrat Jahan offering prayers is nothing new. She has offered prayers in the past as well. Even this time, she has offered prayers to Durga."
"But Islam says that besides Allah, offering prayers to anyone else, paying obeisance before anyone else is not allowed, it is 'haraam'. She has done a forbidden act. She should absolutely change her name. Because she doesn't follow Islam anymore now. She has been taking part in rituals and she married someone from another religion. So she should change her name. Islam doesn't need people who have a Muslim name, and go on on to defame both Islam and Muslims," he said.
This is not the first time Nusrat was slammed. A while ago, she was trolled by conservatives for wearing a 'saree and sporting sindoor' while appearing in the parliament for the oath-taking.
In June this year, MP Nusrat Jahan and MP Mimi Chakraborty were attacked by trolls for wearing a western outfit like 'jeans' to the parliament after she tweeted a picture of them outside the parliament. Following this Mimi Chakraborty in a media statement said, "If a woman MP's choice of clothing becomes a topic of a heated debate, then all the talk of women empowerment is rubbish. People just like to talk about equality, but it is difficult for them to see any change," she said.